Category Archives: Dance

Music update

Well, I still like Tango and I still like electrotango / Nuevo tango. However, I have been out of the scene a good while, and listening more to various forms of jazzy lounge stuff, Christian music, piano blues and some classical piano. The piano is because I am thinking about learning to play piano. I invested in a Roland Rubix 22 MIDI box to connect my big mac to my wife’s rather good Casio keyboard. This lets me access the nice sounds that you can make in garage band from the keyboard, and paves the way to connect a serious electronic piano such as the Kawai ES8 – although the ES8 is fabulous as a standalone. I will eventually become the owner of a nice real acoustic upright Yamaha piano, but that may be some years away so if I do start serious lessons – I have a very good teacher lined up – I will need a full-size 88 key piano. The ES8 is one of the more expensive electronic pianos so I would rent it for the first 6 months to be sure I was progressing and it was really for me before buying it. You can rent to buy so all your rental comes off the price when you buy it.

Here are some video links about these items:

Meanwhile, I received an I-tunes voucher as a gift for Christmas from my lovely wife, and I stumbled across some electrotango that I had not heard before. As its from 2016 I realise how out of the scene I have been, so its not new music, but it is new to me, and its so good I want to share it. The album is called DJ Ralph von Richthoven – The Tango Club Night, Vol. 4, There is well over 5 hours of fabulous electrotango in it. Here’s a video and you can buy the album on I-tunes for UKP 9.99 in the UK.

I-tunes link:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/tango-club-night-vol-4-compiled-by-dj-ralph-von-richthoven/1152990341

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Confusing but good, some tango nuevo

There are two bands that oddly I had not encountered until just this week, both bands are good, but they are easily confused with each other. One is called Trio Grande and has an album called Quadro Nuevo (Remixed). The other is a band called Quadro Nuevo. Both are good. It’s not all strictly tango as it’s in the extended space that is tango nuevo, jazz, klezma, reggae and latin. It is lovely stuff and eminently danceable for a modern milongueoro/a. Here are some vids:

TRIO GRANDE up first

Some of the best tracks from Trio Grande’s album Quadro Nuevo (Remixed) are not out there in You Tube land, for instance the stunningly nice La Luna – so you just have to buy the album (available through the usual large online download retailer). I am a bit pleased by that – they deserve some actual sales for their lovely original contribution to the canon.

QUADRO NUEVO up next:

NWO-lympics!

Rio Olympics opening ceremony had images that resembled:

Projected evil eye with satanic “peace” sign (original crucifixion upside down teutonic rune of death) with added leaves (for pagan tree worship) appears centre of “iris” as fireworks make stadium appear as the eye.

Swastikas appear multiple times during the dance sequences video montage editing.

Single dancer also makes the sign of the swastika by placing his body in the position of a swastika crucifixion.

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Images are fair use screen photographs from BBC I-player coverage of the event. 

Mining tango

Those who know tango’s history, dance, culture and music will know why this music IS utterly and completely tango in many ways despite it not sounding much like what most people think is a tango. Piazzolla is tango’s greatest classical orchestra list, the flute is one of tango’s earliest instruments now seldom used in tango, and the tango owes something to flamenco too. Just enjoy, and if you can dance this, whatever kind of tango you do, then do!

The next video has some tango flamenco crossover, but is more here to show some very well-danced classic tango because it is beautiful to do or just watch.

Unparalleled fun

Are there other dimensions? – Yes.

Are there parallel universes? – No, not as such.

Up-down, left-right, forwards-backwards, yesterday-tomorrow, and all the other directions you can’t so easily see or describe because (mostly) they are very very tiny are dimensions. These are real. All the ones you can’t so easily see or describe, they are the “other dimensions.”

Every thing, every atomic particle is a probability wave. That electron is mostly probably here but it is a bit probably there etc. Things are fuzzy, smeared out probabilistically. Oh, so all the things are a little bit everywhere. A universe is a pattern of where all the bits are. The universe we live in is the one where all the bits are most likely where they are now. All the other combinations of less likely positions are the “parallel” universes. They exist a little bit because they exist probabilistically rather less likely but nevertheless to some extent, alongside (parallel in time), but we don’t usually see them because we are seeing the most likely arrangement of all the bits.

Parallel universes, to the limited extent they exist, are not in other dimensions, they are in the same ones we are in, but they are separated by probability, not by time-spacial dimensions.

And……… jump!

Up-down, left-right, forwards-backwards, yesterday-tomorrow – here are two lovely pieces of music you can dance tango to (or just chill out):

Audiopharmacy – Ruined Lands

Gasoline – The Hardest

They should point you to some wonderfully curated music (not “tango” but you don’t have to play a “tango” to dance a tango, do you).

And……… jump!

If you’re in London (the most hip rad kewl (chose epithet dependant on age and cultural background) city in the world, especially anywhere near Dalston or Haggerston, go to the  Tango Serendipity website. Then get yourself along to Steve’s tangos and classes –  up-down, left-right, forwards-backwards, yesterday-tomorrow… enjoy, learn, relax, change and grow in many ways. You can be part of the coolest thing in the coolest place anywhere in the universe right now. Take it while it’s there don’t grieve when its gone…. you know how that goes.

God Bless y’all 🙂