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Music Theory for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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Rests

Rhythm can be defined as a pattern of sounds and silences. Silence is extremely important in music because it is the spaces between events that help to define them and give them shape. This is certainly true with rhythm—it is the gaps between the notes that give the rhythm its shape and identity. These gaps are called rests, and each of the note values discussed has a corresponding rest.

The use of rests in music software is generally confined to those programs that make use of score-writing facilities. Propellerhead’s Reason, for example, does not make use of rests because it has no score-writing features. SONAR, Logic, and Cubase do have such abilities, and for programs such as Sibelius and Finale, the score-writing facility is the main ...

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