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Massive Attack “Teardrop” – Tempo breakdown, free bpm maps from Princeton | Theme used for FOX® tv show HOUSE, M.D,® – the Most Perfect Introduction to Drama song ever? Meanspeed=77.0 BPM

In fact, the Princeton hospital is excellent, but it is not very big and has no special unit as suggested by the show and so I cannot see above the surrounding buildings to even see the hospital. Make no mistake though: the program is an excellent reflection of the laser brainwaves that seem to soar all over this part of New Jersey, be it Thomas Edison, John Nash, Alexander Graham Bell, Clarence Clemmons and Bruce Spingsteen, Albert Einstein or, of course, “The Situation.”

The show House, M.D.® originated on Fox® television.  After an event in the opening scene which sets up the plot, the theme TEARDROP by Massive Attack from their 1998 album Mezzanine plays for about 30 seconds.

 

Theme from HOUSE, M.D. - TEARDROP - Massive Attack - bpm scan_0121
Theme from HOUSE, M.D. – TEARDROP – Massive Attack – bpm scan_0121
Theme from HOUSE, M.D. - TEARDROP - Massive Attack - bpm scan_2
Theme from HOUSE, M.D. – TEARDROP – Massive Attack – bpm scan_2

The speed of the song is almost precisely 77.0 beats per minute and sets up the most haunting mystery show about medicine that I have ever seen.  The song is surreal, as the television show.  The song has a mysterious yet relentless pace, as the show. The average beat in quarter note is about 0.77912 seconds.

With a cast of High Laurie, Linda Edelstein and Omar Epps in front, I have become pleasantly addicted to it.  The fact that, as Governor Palin might say, “I can see what would be the Princeton-Plainsboro Hospital from my backyard!” (true).

In fact, the Princeton hospital is excellent, but it is not very big and has no special unit as suggested by the show and so I cannot see above the surrounding buildings to even see the hospital.  Make no mistake though: the program is an excellent reflection of the laser brainwaves that seem to soar all over this part of New Jersey, be it  Thomas Edison, John Nash, Alexander Graham Bell, Clarence Clemmons and Bruce Springsteen, Albert Einstein or, of course, Mayor Cory Booker of Newark.

Ian A Schneider

meanspeed® music company

Princeton, New Jersey

April 22, 2011

Song #22 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest List: The Ronettes, "Be My Baby"–Linear and Radar Speed Graphs

“Be My Baby” by the Ronettes is the 22nd greatest song of all time.

Song #22 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest List: The Ronettes, "Be My Baby"--Linear and Radar Speed Graphs
Song #22 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest List: The Ronettes, “Be My Baby”–Linear and Radar Speed Graphs
Song #22 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest List: The Ronettes, "Be My Baby"--Linear and Radar Speed Graphs
Song #22 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest List: The Ronettes, “Be My Baby”–Linear and Radar Speed Graphs
Song #22 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest List: The Ronettes, "Be My Baby"--Linear and Radar Speed Graphs
Song #22 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest List: The Ronettes, “Be My Baby”–Linear and Radar Speed Graphs

We measured the speed of Be My Baby by averaging 8 trials of 10 beats groups. This is a method that is described at http://meanspeed.com in the section of the same name.

The speed maps below represent the measurements in spreadsheet form, using numbers available on request. The summary of the measurements:
beats measured=330
mean time=2 minutes, 33.3 seconds
mean speed=129.1 beats per minute
mean space=0.465 seconds per beat
mean emotion=mixed fast

Ian Schneider meanspeed.com May 22, 2007

Ian A Schneider
Brenda Silverman Shore School
Meanspeed® Music Division
July 30, 2013

(revised and edited from its original publication also written by me)