I looked up the song “Et Si C’etat La Fin (As If It Were The End)” on search engines cyber-wide and did not come up with anything I could rely on with precision and so I did the work of precise tempo measurement myself. I like the song very much, and I was preparing a loop with songs at the same speed, listed at the end of this post, for a song-mix I was making for my trip to Boston on Thursday.
Pat Metheny’s song ”Et Si C’etat La Fin (As If It Were The End)” is a typical Pat piece which satisfies the elements of genius:
1) only Pat could have written it;
2) Pat plays simply and in a childlike way masking the most difficult elements of composition: saying something wholly different with the slightest tweak of what has already been, where only that tweak could have been made by that artist.
Song title=”Et Si C’etat La Fin (As If It Were The End)”
Album=Secret Story/bonus version
Intellectual Property Rights=©2007 Nonesuch Records
Kind=Purchased AAC audio file
Bit Rate=256 kbps
Sample Rate=44.100 kHz
Median expected harmonic beat=461.5 milliseconds
Songs that are within 1% of “Et Si C’etat”
Morning Has Broken, Cat Stevens
Money, Pink Floyd
Eight Miles High, The Who
All Along The Watchtower, Bob Dylan/single version.
James Menko Mahnning
January 31, 2012
rewritten August 30, 2015 because musicians as Metheny have no way of checking that I bought he album that contains the song I measured on at at least three discs, downloaded legal versions from different sources – much as a check to see how much compression change or did not change the speed. After studying it for over 20 years my answer is no. A 128 kbps and a 320 kbps song are still going to have the same timing. Some geniuses in Silicon Valley and all over the world – wildly good collective – VOLUNTARY, FREE collective intelligence at work. I know Pat hates when bad performances are posted – or people steal. My first command given to me as a real musician at around 17 – Never steal music. I could photograph al the discs and all, but recording representatives, by their own admission, are largely failed musician in a field where reg failure rate is higher than [you fill it in].