Just like cyclical rhythms, non-cyclical rhythms are all around us in day to day life. Some everyday examples of non-cyclical rhythms include:
a passing car
You’ll notice that these sounds can be characterized by a lack of clear repetition. Non-cyclical rhythms are rhythms that can’t be easily placed into a rhythmic pattern or meter. The vast majority of rhythms that one would encounter “in the wild” are cyclical. Below are some examples of both cyclical and non-cyclical rhythms.