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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by TelZilla, Jun 26, 2009.
It seems like every Iron Maiden song has drastic tempo changes, but those are intentional.
suicidal tendencies song institutionalized is slow then speeds up
Dave Brubeck's: Blue Rondo a la Turk: 9/8 to 4/4 and back. It's great!
AH! That is interesting. Makes sense too.
"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.
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.
oh and of course every Tool song. With them it's actually intentional.
No, I think you're right; as long as it's intentional.
"Music goes slower when it's hard, and gets faster at the easy parts."
That one's really easy to hear. It's right at about the 1 minute mark, and the rhythm track changes drastically.
Pride and Joy, look at the second solo right at the end.
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.
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.
Agreed, Woodman! And a bunch of those old records were cut without a click track, so tempos tended to wander
Can you expand on that one? What are you hearing?
My favourite song from Led Zeppelin that most people don't even know exists-Tea for One.
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 ...
drives me nuts when drummers speed up
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.
Ah, here it is: