There’s a monotonous sameness to much of today’s music. The beat is perfect, synced to within milliseconds with no rushing or dragging. Drum machines are equipped to perform this way. Human timekeepers–drummers–can be made atomic clock perfect with ProTools and other recording software.
In other words, everything is made to conform. There’s no feel to the rhythm beyond its robotic precision: no swing, no swagger, no shuffle.
The Click is a new documentary that looks at the trend that gave rise to perfect tempos in music. It’s still in production, but early rushes feature contributions from guys who have worked with Jane’s Addiction, Frank Zappa, Mick Jagger, Quincy Jones and others. Here’s a trailer and if you wish to contribute, go here.