Click Tracks and Beat Detection

March 4, 2009

(This article was first published on "R-bloggers" via Tal Galili in Google Reader, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

Being a drummer, a programmer and a fan of statistical analysis, this post on the (unnaturally) perfect timing of drum parts recorded to a click track was a real delight to me.

Of course, many claims in the post are odd: it seems hard to imagine that a person recorded the drums for Britney Spears. And it seems as likely that some of the drum parts discussed were edited after the recording to make them line up with a click better.

Still, it’s a great experiment. What would be really nice is a time series plot averaging over top ten songs from each year. Maybe I’ll get to work on that tonight before bed.

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