Name that tune

I hadn’t been to Club Gricel since October and was pleasantly surprised to see a projection screen on the wall on Thursday night at La Cachilla.  There’s no more guessing which orquesta or tune you’re dancing to — the information is on the screen.  What a great idea for those who wants to learn more about tango.  The deejay uses a special software program that automatically displays the name of the orquesta, the title of the tune, and its composer.

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7 Responses to “Name that tune”

  1. R. Bononno Says:

    Nice. Ilene Marder, one of our local DJs, has been using a small easel and large printed sheets (about 18 x 24) to indicate the orchestra playing for years now (well at least since I began).

  2. jantango Says:

    This is the first milonga I know of in Buenos Aires that gives tanda information. The newer dancers don’t know and don’t care. But the milongueros viejos are the ones who know it all.

  3. Romaine Blezat Says:

    A very good idea the screen. All will acquire the culture of tango music!

  4. Felicity Says:

    How strange that in Gricel where the DJ used to be hidden that such a DJ-centric effect has come about. Do you think this was done primarily for the tourists?

    I often did like to know the names of tracks I love and used to think I benefited from these screens in Europe. The truth is though that when I thought I benefited from them it was not of course when I was dancing but when I was bored from problems with the milonga conditions or the music or partners and would have done better to go home. And in Europe simply from people having spent fewer years in the milongas than people have in Buenos Aires there are fewer to ask who know the orchestra, still less the tracks. It’s true some – though a minority – of DJs don’t like to be bothered and people can be worried about disturbing a DJ even if they hadn’t read warnings like this.

    Another reason for screens is that many European DJs play music that is never heard in traditional milongas in Buenos Aires – DJs who want to get their “rediscovered” babies – known by means of these often intrusive screens. It worries me that perhaps the next thing in Buenos Aires will be to start playing that music some European dancers go to that city to escape from.

    If this European import is a gain, it is also not without a loss. Are there in that city in the traditional milongas so few people who know that well-known music that this is necessary? And is it so hard and so unpleasant for others to learn from them? I didn’t find that one bit. In the event, when I asked a man about a track, it turned out to be not so much the knowledge that he shared with me or found out for me but something around the sharing itself or the effect of the finding out that were the special things. If the conditions are allowed that let learning from others happen, might not friendships and connections and other things happen as part of that? And if those conditions are suppressed or made redundant then those special things die too, or have less opportunity to thrive.

  5. Chris Says:

    Janis wrote: “The newer dancers don’t know and don’t care. But the milongueros viejos are the ones who know it all.

    So for whom is this information intended? The deaf and hard of hearing?? 🙂

  6. jantango Says:

    I don’t know if the screen was the deejay’s idea or the owner of Gricel. It informs those who are want to know the music they are dancing. It’s a good thing.

  7. jantango Says:

    There are times in certain when conversation can drown out the music. That’s when I wonder if I’m losing my hearing. 🙂

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