Tempo is more than just a number. It creates a raft of different genres and subgenres, from microhouse, grime and dubstep to drum'n'bass, hardcore and gabber. Producers and DJs pick their bpm carefully.
Now, exploring just how important tempo is, Berlin's production and DJ collective Through My Speakers explore music created and played at 120, 140 and 160 beats per minute. Over three days at Red Bull Studios Berlin, an all-star crew produced one new track – using a particular tempo – before performing a back-to-back-to-back DJ set.
We caught the whole thing on film. Now you can watch the resulting documentaries, and hear the exclusive tracks and DJ sets, in the players below.
Day one: #120
Listen to She's Drunk, Le Feu and Yo van Lenz's 120bpm track below and download it here.
Listen to the crew's 120 BPM DJ set below.
Day two: #160
Listen to Radar Bird, Sarah Farina and Soul Mind's 160bpm track below and download it here.
Listen to the crew's 160 BPM DJ set below.
Day three: #140 (featuring Deckey)
Listen to NGHT DRPS, Deckey, Regis Molina and Andrej Ugoljew's 140bpm track below and download it here.
Listen to the crew's 140 BPM DJ set below.
Visit Red Bull Studios here.
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