Beat vs Pulse
Beat and pulse are two terms used in a variety of fields. Beat is a term used in fields such as music and acoustics. Pulse is a term used in fields such as medicine, electronics, music and various other fields. The concepts of beat and pulse are very important in understanding the nature of music and other related phenomena. The article concentrates on the beat and pulse discussed in music. In this article, we are going to discuss what beat and pulse are, their definitions, the applications of beat and pulse, and the similarities and differences between beat and pulse.
Beat is the unit scale of music. The beat of a music piece is the unit piece, and it repeats itself throughout the music piece. The beat usually consists of two parts. These are the stressed beat and the unstressed beat which are also known as the strong beat and the weak beat. The downbeat, which is named after the conductor’s baton movement, carries the strongest sense of repetitiveness over the length of the music most of the times. Majority of music pieces are started with a downbeat. The beat of a music piece can change in the middle of the music piece. On-beat is the places of the beat where the music can be changed without harming the movement. Off-beat is the places of the beat where the changing of music will be reflected in the final piece. There are concepts like back-beat and hyper-beat associated with beats. Beat is a term also used to describe the pattern created by the superposition of two sound waves which are close in frequency to each other.
A pulse can be identified as a sudden peak in the pattern. For music, this peak can occur as a drum beat, a symbol beat, or any other instrumental beat. The pulse is also discussed in various other fields like electronics, telecommunication, computing, natural sciences and various other fields. For instance, the pulse discussed in electronics refers to a sudden peak in the voltage or the current. In music, the pulse usually repeats itself over the time of the music piece. This is known as beat. The regularity of the pulse is known as the tempo. Pulse is usually the quality of the music you clap to or tap your feet to. The bass drum is one of the best devices that are used to generate pulse.
What is the difference between Pulse and Beat?
• A pulse can occur in an individual form. Beat is the collection of pulses that are varied periodically.
• The regularity of the pulses is known as the tempo. The tempo is a property of the beat.
• A beat can exist without pulses. Pulses are necessary for the tempo of a music.