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What does “Ratios” refer to?

Ratios refer to the relationship between the rhythm of the song and the rhythm that is being superimposed on that. For example, let’s say you have a 4/4 measure. One rhythmic layer uses the 4-beats reference for that measure, and the second divides the same 4/4 measure into 3 beats. This is referred to as a 3 against 4 or 3:4 polyrhythm.