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In London’s system of metrical cycles, the subcycle is “any level of metrical structure above the N cycle; subcycle refers to their representation as pathways within the circular representation of the N cycle” (London, 2012: 96).

The subcycles in this image are in green, blue, and red. These subcycles have fewer subdivisions than the N cycle, and so have longer durations between beats.

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