TaKeTiNa Rhythm Process

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The TaKeTiNa Rhythm Process, developed by Austrian percussionist Reinhard Flatischler, is a musical, meditative group process for people who want to develop their awareness of rhythm. In a TaKeTiNa process, there are three different rhythmic layers—represented by the voice, claps, and steps—that continue simultaneously. Vocalization and clap rhythms, accompanied by the berimbau, constantly change while the steps, supported by a surdo drum, remain the same. The surdo stabilizes the basic rhythm of the steps, while call-and-response singing serves to destabilize and re-stabilize the rhythmic movements. In this process, the simultaneity of stabilization and destabilization creates a disturbance that allows participants to repeatedly fall out, and then fall back into rhythm.[1] Participants are guided into the experience of rhythm archetypes, rhythmic images anchored deep in human consciousness.[2][3] According to Flatischler, the support of the group allows the individual participant to go into his or her own process, building deep musical and personal trust.[4]

TaKeTiNa is used in academic and clinical settings and in corporate trainings worldwide.[5]


  1. ^ Flatischler (1996), Flatischler, Reinhard (1996). R. Pratt; R. Spintge (eds.). The effects of musical rhythm on body and mind: The interaction field of the ta ke ti na rhythm process. MusicMedicine (in German). 2. Michigan, USA: MMB Music Inc. pp. 344–351.
  2. ^ Stroh (1997), Stroh, Wolfgang Martin (1997). Zur psychoanalytischen Theorie der Weltmusik [The psychoanalytic theory of world music]. "Step across the border": Neue musikalische Trends--Neue massenmediale Kontexte (in German). Hamburg, Germany: Arbeitskreis Studium Populärer Musik.
  3. ^ Stroh (1997), Stroh, Wolfgang Martin (1997). "Das "rhythmische Urwissen" und die Archetypen [Primordial rhythmic knowledge and archetypes]". Musiktherapeutische Umschau: Forschung und Praxis der Musiktherapie (in German). 18 (4): 308–317. ISSN 0172-5505.
  4. ^ Haddad, J. (August 2004). "Ta ke ti na: an interview with Reinhard Flatischler". Percussive Notes. 42: 36–41. ISSN 0553-6502. Archived from the original on November 26, 2007.
  5. ^ Hafke (1996), Hafke, Christel (May–June 1996). "Body-Percussion: Elementare Rhythmuserfahrung mit TaKeTiNa [Body-Percussion: Elementary Rhythm Experience with TaKeTiNa]". Musiktherapeutische Umschau: Forschung und Praxis der Musiktherapie (in German). 28 (3): 14–17. ISSN 0027-4747.

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