Humans look for patterns. Once patterns are discovered, we tend to grow more comfortable with what we're experiencing.  Within a context of music, rhythmic patterns are often recognized first. In popular music, a simple pulse may be all that's required to feel comfortable with the music. This recognition is often visible through nodding heads and tapping feet.

When music presents a path that veers from this simple pulse, it may take more time to catch on. We catalog patterns within ourselves, allowing quicker recognition with repeated exposure.  The shorter the pattern, the easier to catalog and the quicker we become accustom to future material. As things become more complex our brains continue to look for these patterns. Most times it finds something. Musicians and bands present us with unique and subtle patterns. Once we discover and become accustomed to these, we start to enjoy that particular artist (or musical genre if the patterns are commonly used elsewhere.)

As part of Sabzabi’s compositional process we create rhythmic recipes to flesh out unique and satisfying patterns. To do so, strategies and constraints are created to provide direction. These strategies and constraints are seeded with creativity allowing small imaginative approaches within each to multiply exponentially when combined.

The following are a few of these strategies: