[LAU] who uses a click track?

Florin Andrei florin at andrei.myip.org
Tue Mar 3 13:41:17 EST 2009

This has been posted today on some news aggregators, but for those of 
you who may have not seen it, here it is:


Sometime in the last 10 or 20 years,  rock drumming has changed.  Many 
drummers will now don headphones in the studio (and sometimes even for 
live performances)  and synchronize their playing to an electronic 
metronome - the click track.   This allows for easier digital editing of 
the recording.  Since all of the measures are of equal duration, it is 
easy to move measures or phrases around without worry that the timing 
may be off.  The click track has a down side - some say that songs 
recorded against a click track sound sterile,  that the missing tempo 
deviations added life to a song.
I’ve always been curious about which drummers use a click track and 
which don’t, so I thought it might be fun to try to build a click track 
detector using the Echo Nest remix SDK ( remix is a Python library that 
allows you to  analyze and manipulate music).

Florin Andrei


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