Last year, a blogger by the name of Paul…

Last year, a blogger by the name of Paul Lamere used a little bit of Python magic to analyze and plot the regularity of a drummer’s beats in some popular music, to find out if they were drumming to a click track. The post itself is a pretty interesting explanation of the mechanics of click-trackery and how the detection works.

Now he’s put up a searchable database of all the songs that have been analyzed for tempo deviations. The site itself is so opinionated, contrasting songs with “a thinking, feeling, human” as the drummer to songs “using a cold-hearted, sterile, unfeeling machine to set the tempo”, that it veers a little too far into music snobbery for my tastes: if it sounds good, does it really matter?

But the graphs are still pretty interesting.