Various Drummers BPM Deviation

Time in seconds


The Machine in I Love Rock'N'Roll by Britney Spears
Machine score is 97%
Longest run of machine-like drumming is 270 beats (97%)
Tempo:90 BPM Total beats:277


Stewart Copeland in So Lonely by The Police
Machine score is 28%
Longest run of machine-like drumming is 25 beats (3%)
Tempo:156 BPM
Total beats:758


John Bohnam in Rock and Roll by Led Zeppelin
Machine score is 85%
Longest run of machine-like drumming is 59 beats (9%)
Tempo:169 BPM
Total beats:617


Neil Peart in Stick it Out by Rush
Machine score is 70%
Longest run of machine-like drumming is 60 beats (10%)
Tempo:124 BPM
Total beats:590


Ginger Baker in Strange Brew by Cream
Machine score is 97%
Longest run of machine-like drumming is 107 beats (36%)
Tempo:106 BPM
Total beats:295


Carl Palmer in Jeremy Bender by ELP
Machine score is 90%
Longest run of machine-like drumming is 46 beats (16%)
Tempo:161 BPM
Total beats:278


Keith Moon in by Won't Get Fooled Again by The Who
Machine score is 91%
Longest run of machine-like drumming is 251 beats (19%)
Tempo:135 BPM
Total beats:1261


Lars Ulrich in Whiplash by Metallica
Machine score is 44%
Longest run of machine-like drumming is 29 beats (2%)
Tempo:186 BPM
Total beats:1017


Bernard Purdie in Say it Loud by James Brown
Machine score is 49%
Longest run of machine-like drumming is 20 beats (4%)
Tempo:138 BPM
Total beats:416


Mike Portnoy in Lie by Dream Theater
Machine score is 76%
Longest run of machine-like drumming is 443 beats (73%)
Tempo:94 BPM
Total beats:605


Daniel Adair in Animals by Nickelback
Machine score is 100%
Longest run of machine-like drumming is 454 beats (99%)
Tempo:153 BPM
Total beats:455


Buddy Rich in Donna Lee by Buddy Rich
Machine score is 52%
Longest run of machine-like drumming is 27 beats (5%)
Tempo:89 BPM
Total beats:520


Dave Grohl in Heart-Shaped Box by Nirvana
Machine score is 53%
Longest run of machine-like drumming is 45 beats (9%)
Tempo:108 BPM
Total beats:489


Steve Gadd in Got You On My Mind by Eric Clapton
Machine score is 63%
Longest run of machine-like drumming is 47 beats (7%)
Tempo:160 BPM
Total beats:617


Art Blakey in Ya Ya by Art Blakey
Machine score is 96%
Longest run of machine-like drumming is 57 beats (11%)
Tempo:70 BPM
Total beats:495


Meg White in Blue Orchid by The White Stripes
Machine score is 47%
Longest run of machine-like drumming is 37 beats (9%)
Tempo:152 BPM
Total beats:396


Spencer Dryden in White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane
Machine score is 65%
Longest run of machine-like drumming is 28 beats (11%)
Tempo:86 BPM
Total beats:252


Trent's Computer in The Perfect Drug by Nine Inch Nails
Machine score is 97%
Longest run of machine-like drumming is 331 beats (44%)
Tempo:99 BPM
Total beats:738


The Machine in Such Great Heights by The Postal Service
Machine score is 100%
Longest run of machine-like drumming is 736 beats (99%)
Tempo:129 BPM
Total beats:738










    I find it interesting to look at the various click plots. It gives me a bit more insight into the band and the drummer. However, some types of music such as progressive rock with its frequent time signature and tempo changes are really hard to plot which is too bad since many of the best drummers play prog rock.

    In addition the plots I attempted a couple of objective metrics that can be used to measure the machine like quality of drummer. The Machine Score is a measure of how often the beat is within a 2 BPM window of the average tempo of the song. Higher numbers indicate that the drummer is more like a machine. This metric is a bit troublesome for songs that change tempo, a song that changes tempo often may have a lower machine score than it should. The Longest run of machine like drumming is the count of the longest stretch of continuous beats that are within 1BPM of the average tempo of the song. Long runs (over a couple hundred beats) tend to indicate that a machine is in charge of the beat. Both these metrics are somewhat helpful in determining whether or not the drumming is live, but I still find that the best determinate is to look at the plot