Chaos theory in music

PERHAPS not for the squeamish, American rockers The Dillinger Escape Plan perform at the city’s Garage tomorrow night.

Formed in 1997, TDEP is famous for the intensity of its performance – which become increasingly wild and violent.

Although its music is based in hardcore punk values, the band is also seen to be adherents of mathcore — a form of music that uses complex time signatures.

Complex time signatures are not uncommon.

The Beatles used them on Here Comes the Sun and Strawberry Fields Forever while Captain Beefheart and Ozzy Osbourne have also utilised them.

What complex time signatures gives the sound is an edginess which can be unsettling as seen in the latter part of The Beatles’ Happiness is a Warm Gun.

While the band put out two EPs in the first two years of its existence, it was only in 1999 that it brought out its first album, Calculating Infinity.

Now, some 12 years later and despite numerous comings and goings of band members during that time, the band has survived and kept its musical integrity intact.

The Dillinger Escape Plan plays the Garage on August 5.