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Songs that speed up or slow down

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by TelZilla, Jun 26, 2009.

  1. Nash

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    It seems like every Iron Maiden song has drastic tempo changes, but those are intentional.
     
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    suicidal tendencies song institutionalized is slow then speeds up
     
  3. Robert H.

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    Dave Brubeck's: Blue Rondo a la Turk: 9/8 to 4/4 and back. It's great!
     
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    AH! That is interesting. Makes sense too.
     
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    "Flowers of Guatemala" by REM (Life's Rich Pageant) certainly slows and speeds and slows throughout to match the level of energy. Great song, too.
     
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    Maybe I'm just old-fashioned, but music seemed so much more soulful when it sped up and slowed down according to the feel of the song. ymmv.
     
  8. Yoni

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    oh and of course every Tool song. With them it's actually intentional.
     
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    No, I think you're right; as long as it's intentional. ;)



    LeBlanc's Theorem:

    "Music goes slower when it's hard, and gets faster at the easy parts."
     
  10. TelZilla

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    That one's really easy to hear. It's right at about the 1 minute mark, and the rhythm track changes drastically.
     
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    Pride and Joy, look at the second solo right at the end.
     
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    I played with a friend who was a metronome nut who refused to follow tempo changes that occurred naturally when songs ebbed and flowed during performances. Can't say I enjoyed this frozen tempo approach to live playing.
     
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    i think tempos tend to "breathe" during the course of a song, particularly if the band has been together for a while. ... it's not exactly conscious, but the band as a whole has come to interpret the tune using subtle tempo shifts as a sort of dynamic.
     
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    Agreed, Woodman! And a bunch of those old records were cut without a click track, so tempos tended to wander
     
  15. TelZilla

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    Can you expand on that one? What are you hearing?
     
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    My favourite song from Led Zeppelin that most people don't even know exists-Tea for One.

     
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    Click tracks are evil.

    Oh yeah, another tune that slightly changes tempo is Traffic's Low Spark of High Heeled Boys.
    That band liked to mess with tempo quite a bit ...
     
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    drives me nuts when drummers speed up
     
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    Warren Zevon's "Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me" slows down during the quieter breakdown on the last verse.

    My band recorded a version of this recently and we were originally going to do it to a click until our drummer realized that both the studio and live versions slowed down (with good reason and to good effect) in that section.

    A while back I came across a web site where someone had done some audio analysis of various tracks to see where tempos had varied vs. songs played to a strict click. I'll have to see if I can locate that again.
     
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