He said: "We had a big box of props which had been loaned from the different schools and asked the graduates to play along to a click track
It means that drummers will no longer have to keep time with a click track
and the set beat of pre-recorded tracks that are used during many live performances and studio sessions.
"They're all playing to a click track
actually," reveals Barber.
The songwriting process begins with Jegsy's lyrics, which he records to a click track
and sends to bandmate Staunch in London (the pair were the core of 1980s Liverpool band Jegsy Dodd and the Sons of Harry Cross, named after a Brookside character, and of whom John Peel was famously a fan).
The song, Don't Be Late For Christmas, is the brainchild of music lecturer Frank Swales, who said: "I had something floating about in my head, there was a click track
, then an organ and some drums and it has come from that.
We decided to go without a click track
so the grooves were able to breath (as with much of the Cuban repertoire, it pushes along until the end).
Chapter 10, "The Click Track
Strategy: A New Way to Use the Metronome," is about strengthening the internal beat by using what Kaplan calls the "click track
strategy," a method of using the metronome in a slightly different way.
J: We learned how to place text in the music, so the actor understood the exact timing and placement of each line, by working months before the rehearsal was on its feet learning the lines to a click track
"Usually, music is synced to a click track
," Richardson explains.
For the sessions, Dave had a headphone feed which included both the synth mixes and a click track
; the click was bussed separately so that we could give Dave more music without raising the level of the click and risking leakage from his headphones.
"if they can dance in unison the way the click track
makes it sound like they're dancing, then all you're doing is giving the audience a better quality sound of exactly what's going on.
For example, the producer should have insisted on a click track
to keep everyone playing the same time.