How do you decide the tempo of your tracks? Where does it come in your composition thinking? Other, pithier, more relevant and intelligent questions tbc.
I have just peeled open a new synth, software, very nice and the very first preset made me go oooooh and then ahhh and then I got a parp or two down with it and that was around the time I started thinking of what tempo I wanted? My process goes like this: move the tempo slider up, move it down, get comfortable with how my favourite sound sounds and off I go.
I have a feeling that’s not how Beethoven did it. “Tap of the baton… point towards the strings, they begin, furiously windmill arms, have a think, pat the air and so on.” No, that’s not what happened but despite my gigantic self-belief I don’t think I’m quite in the Beethoven ballpark, yet. So I feel like I am ok with my way.
I started this thing, at the beginning of the pandemic, learning to make electronic music, thinking that I would make Techno. Minimal, Detroity hoity toity type techno. But it turns out that I am more of a 100 bpm kinda guy. I guess I may move the slider up a few notches in future but right now, all of my meanderings are around the century mark.
Does any of this hit your groove thing?