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December 4, 2006

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In a throwaway line from the introduction to his piece on tempo maps in Cubase SX, Sound on Sound columnist Mark Wherry asks:

It might be an interesting study to see how much music has been written with a fixed tempo of 120 bpm in four/four time over the years, just because this is the starting point presented to the user in almost every sequencer of the last 20 years.

This is a very good question. Another good question, depending on the answer to the first, would be to ask if 120 bpm (or divisions thereof) has become a unconscious tempo for many musicians precisely because we've heard so much music at that speed since the rise of digital sequencers.

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