I was innocently browsing on the Internet, when the term "math rock" appeared. Now I do not know much about music, but this was a new term to my ears. Have you heard of it? As the web site Epitomic explained it:
Take the intricacy and complexity of classic weirdo hard rock bands like Rush, Battles, and Voivod, then add some of punk's hyperspasmodic schizophrenia, and you'll have a legitimate math rock contender. Math rock bands take pleasure in being erratic and unpredictable, often experimenting with peculiar tempos and jazz-derived rhythms while keeping the rock hard and aggressive all the while. Their lyrics tend to be as cerebral and expertly designed as their songs. These bands are rock's architects of the future, recrafting and reinventing the genre's tired song structures.
No wonder I had never heard of it....but I decided to pursure the subject some more. Another web site explained that Math Rock had emerged in the 1980s:
Whereas most rock music uses a basic 4/4 beat (however accented or syncopated), math rock frequently uses odd-time meters such as 7/8, 11/8, or 13/8, or features constantly changing meters based on various groupings of 2 and 3. This rhythmic complexity, seen as "mathematical" in character by many listeners and critics, is what gives the genre its name. Musically, math rock derives from other rock genres, including rock, heavy metal, progressive rock, and punk rock. Math rock often sounds familiar but somehow "off"....Musicians who purposely turn to mathematics to find new creativity in their music are also classified math rockers. They manipulate, twist and syncopate to confuse, to delay, to create something that is a twist on rock, punk, or pop, something familiar but "wrong," something new.
Ugh! Help! This same web site goes on to list Math Rock bands, etc...but notes that Math Rock music is now "out." But do not dispair, you can still sample the sound of math rock at either web site A or web site B of downloads. I played some samples. But, is this music? I hate to see its name mentioned in the same breathe as mathematics. I know...I am getting old and cranky.