Where Did the Drums Go? A Documentary Explains Why So Much Music Sounds the Same

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.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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