Hands up: The rhythm’s gonna get you!
Kimberly swung around and looked right into the barrel of a gun! A face wearing a Dali mask took aim.
Kimberly worked at a music store- “Drum Connection”, a popular hangout for wannabe musicians, as this shop had a jamming corner.
He threw a bag at her and indicated, “fill it.”
A shivering zombie, she did as told. Opened the safe hidden in the wall panel and shoved the wads into the bag; she thought she heard the masked Dali drumming on the counter….
She felt faint, she could barely breathe, the Dali Mask snatched the bag and in the blink of an eye, he was gone…..
Even after repeating a dozen times, The captain asked-“Is there anything else that you remember, ma’am?”
The Captain was sure it was an inside job. No mess, well-timed, and effortlessly executed.
Kimberley sat up suddenly! “I remember something” she could barely contain her excitement….
“This man kept drumming with his fingers on the counter while I filled the bag.
1-2-2/ 1-2-2/ 1.5-2……..It’s a pattern that keeps repeating…..”
“........till you hit the 16 note,” completed the captain who had been a drummer in his high school band. He recalled the patterns that he would experiment with. 16 notes with three choices on each note, progressing to 43,046,721 individual ways of playing a bar!
Music is the arithmetic of sounds as optics is the geometry of light.
“This rhythm, the guy played, was so distracted ….so psychedelic, something was going on in his mind!” thought the Captain.
“Ma’am, Did anyone come to this store to buy drums?” asked the Captain.
“Not to buy, but this loner comes by in the afternoon to practice notes on the drums in the jamming corner. In fact, I taught him this rhythm!
Captain smiled; he knew how these burglars worked. He will surely be back to practice the same rhythm.
The next day, on a tip, the Captain entered the store, he could see him in the jamming corner playing:
1-2-2/ 1-2-2/ 1.5-2………..1-2-2/ 1-2-2/ 1.5-2…………...1-2-2/ 1-2-2/ 1.5-2
“How about trying a different note” the fellow whirled around to look at the captain,”…...not here, dude; some other place?”
So, the next time you hear a drummer, pay attention and try to figure out which of the 43,046,721 patterns is being played. You might just solve a case!