The funk is in the notes you don’t play

Funk is unique amongst musical genres, in my perspective, due to the importance of the notes you don’t play. The space between notes, and not “shredding” every possible moment, is important in all genres. But I find that the funkiest stuff gets that way from missing expected notes and shifting expected notes to moments where they shouldn’t be.

Funk was a rhythmic system of tension and release over time, but also simultaneous tension between some players exercising maximum restraint and others exhibiting maximum expressiveness. Most of all, funk was a science of subverted expectations, syncopation taken to its ultimate destination. With funk, things weren’t always where you thought they’d be.

– Dan Charnas, Dilla Time

Digital Underground, Rhymin’ on the funk. Recommended.

Funk not only moves, it can re-move, you dig?

– George Clinton, P-Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)

Adam Keys @therealadam