Musical Space: BPM

Oct 2, 2012

Whether Beethoven or beat boxers, musicians have come to rely on one tool to help them keep time. The metronome was invented by a friend of Beethoven’s, Johann Maelzel, in 1815. It is used in music to set a tempo, measured in Beats Per Minute, and traditionally has a range of 40 - 208 BPM, roughly the extremes of the human heart-rate. BPM correlates to the human body in other ways, too. Funk breakbeats, the kind rappers like to rap to, usually range from 80 to 110 bpm, slow enough to be able...