I just rewrote the Tempo tool for the music4dance site as part of the current effort to update the site. In the process I went back and revisited the reasons for writing the tool in the first place.
The main reason for this tool is to have a single place to do a bit of slicing and dicing of the relationship between the tempo of different partner dances. It allows one to filter on the dances that you’re interested in (all Swing dances, or American Style dances) and sort by tempo to see the relationships. This could, for instance, help find dances that one might mash up into an exhibition routine.
Another reason is just because I could. The Tempo tool is really just a thin layer on top of the data that I use to drive the Counter tool and many other parts of the site. I almost didn’t rewrite the tool because since I originally wrote it I added slightly less interactive but possibly more directly useful pages that lay out the different competition dances and their tempos in what I hope is an easily digestible way.
This is part of a larger rewrite of the site that I’ve been working on to get the code to a place where I can comfortably start adding more requested features. The Counter and Tempo tools are a couple of the most isolated pages, but I’ll start digging into more core functionality soon.
As always, please send me feedback if you have ideas about the site, dancing, music, or how any or all of those subjects relate. And please consider supporting the music4dance project by sharing with your friends or any of the other ways listed here.
Quick Tip: Many pages (like the ones mentioned above) have documentation pages that are easily accessible from the page. Just go to the “Info” menu and choose “Help”, this will generally take you to a documentation page specifically about the feature that you were using.
As I’ve mentioned before, one of the things that I find helpful is to have access to a tempo counter that allows me to tap a beat and both measure the tempo and show me the dance styles that fall into that range. I wrote a version of that for Windows Phone way back in the day. I’ve had a web version up on the musci4dance site almost since it’s inception. It seemed like time to do a quick revisit and freshen it up a bit. I decided to use this as a quick test of the newer technologies I’m starting to incorporate in the site.
So check it out and let me know what you think (here’s some updated documentation as well). If you were a regular user of the old tempo counter, please let me know if there is anything that you depended on that the new one doesn’t do as well. And of course, I’m happy to hear about what you think has improved as well as any features neither of them has that you would like to see.
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One of the things that was difficult for me as a beginning ballroom dancer (even though I had decent amount of musical background) was to judge the tempo of a song at the level required to know if the song could be danced to in a particular style. I talked about the tool I created to help me with this in one of my early posts (Question 2: What dance styles can I dance to my favorite songs?) Today I’ve added some more complete documentation for the tempo counter tool.
Another thing that always bugs me is the relationship between the tempi of different dance styles. I created another tool to help me visualized the relationships between dances and also posted some detailed documentation for that tool today.