Rhythms in Sexual Songs and Erotic Music

One of the major elements that constitute the genre and categorization of sensual music is rhythm. It can be played with various instruments in addition to melodic instruments such as guitars or keyboards, but mostly by percussion instruments.

Drums are an instrument that, for some people, may simply arrange the simple rhythm of a song, however for other people it can be the major ingredient in creating the song. It can be the "voice" that sends different feelings without even a single melodic note since the beat is the primary structure of music and the easiest to identify.

In erotic music, rhythm is fundamental. It feeds and stimulates the centralized movement of the human body even when we are not moving. It creates dynamism, desires, and drive.

In the album Sexualsong 4 EP by Sexsonica, we encounter the song "Tribal" in which the beat is the main focus. It contains drums, percussion and electronic percussion, each playing various arrangements at the same time. The mixture of these instruments with these specific arrangements generate a tribal sound. The percussion, constructed of congas and bongos, have an African reminiscence. The contemporary electronica percussion and the forceful drums, embodied with the congas and bongos, make this song an excellent example of the influence of rhythm in sex music.

Many cultures, above all in the Middle East, have made rhythms with variant makeup. India and the Arabic cultures are prime examples of this. Rhythms can be played with other instruments also, that for us have an exotic origin, but are more typical in their culture. In the same way, these rhythms are mysterious and sexual. These distinct rhythmic structures are very complicated to play or to dance to in the Occidental cultures, yet they are totally standard on the other side of the planet. Perhaps a common beat and totally well-known here of 4/4 can be a difficult rhythm for them to play or to dance to, who knows.

The rhythmical combinations in one instrument can be multiple, limitless, and measureless. Each combination can represent a new and different sensation just like our harmonic instruments, the chords represent distinctive feelings. The sexual expression, through rhythm, can be presented in many ways also.

Depending on each person and their preferences, you can find different beats to suit your sexual preferences in various styles of music such as rhythms in Blues, Brazilian Samba, Bossa Nova, Trip Hop, World Music, etc.

As I have mentioned, rhythms are not just created through percussion instruments, but also by harmonic instruments. The rhythmic guitar in Funk, the syncopation of the bass guitar in particular styles, or sound effects creating abstract melodies, can also have an arousing connotation. This also is displayed in the song "Tribal". This is proof of the essential function that cadence plays, specifically in sex music.