I think, I posted something to that effect based on earlier stats.
In WYJTD [non RSCDS and the first RSCDS version, tempos were litedd]. When
someone told the RSCDS about the difference between published and practiced.
They simply deleted the tempos from all further editions.
Both the RSCDS and SOBHD have slowed down. I guess the lack of new young
blood means that the average age is going up and our tempo going down.
Check the strathspey tempo, and then try to do a Highland setting step to
it, then you will really feel old as it is easier for us elders to do a
faster strathspey than a slower one, the converse of quick time.
The question is, has the society authorized a change in tempo, or they just
going with the evolutionary (or in this case devolutionary) flow?
If I get a chance, I'll send you some of my old stats.
From: XxxxxXxxx@xxx.xxx <XxxxxXxxx@xxx.xxx>
To: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Monday, April 23, 2001 2:08 PM
Subject: Recorded tempos
An unscientific review of the recordings in my SCD collection reveals that
the average(please don't be mean) length of an 8x32 jig or reel is between
4:10 and 4:20, while the average for the same type of music on new CDs is
well over 4:30.
Is this an artifact of the increased amount of time available on a CD,
allowing recordings to come in to line with the times used in real life, or
due to a general relaxation of the temos over time?