How to create contrast with harmonic mixing

At a recent DJ seminar I held, my revelation that I use harmonic mixing when composing a tanda has raised a few eyebrows.What is harmonic mixing?Wikipedia tells us that electronic dance music (EDM) DJs use it to transition between songs that are in the same key (e.g.…

Romantica Milonguera plays The Beatles

I'll preface this brief post by saying that I don't care all that much about The Beatles. And if someone decides to make tango covers from their songs, it certainly does not offend my sensibilities.Orquesta Romantica Milonguera did just that, and if I had any complaint at all it…

Playlist from Hell

I played Saturday night at a festival near Trondheim, Norway, in a place called Hell.My dancers were a great mix in terms of level, energy, and enthusiasm, mostly Nordic but you couldn't tell - tango people should form their own nation, I think. What a glorious country we would…

Capturing the spirit of tango

This blog has so far been covering my discoveries of contemporary tango.It may appear that I only care about the present but it is not so: I am deeply invested in the tango tradition. D'Arienzo's Ansiedad with Alberto Echagüe still moves me tremendously as it did when I first…

Review: Sin Palabras by Quarteto Sol Tango

It takes two to tango but at least three to make tango, and possibly four to create a rich enough sound space for tango to flourish. Quarteto Sol Tango manage that beautifully.Their new release "Sin palabras" has only been out since early January, and I have already included a…

Commented playlist: 2019-02-11 at Joe

There was a show at this instance of the regular Monday milonga, and as a result, more people than usual showed up.Despite my original intent, no 1960's music made it into my set. I alternated primarily between 1940s, 1950s and 2010s.The the beginning, I played a slow chill-out…

Review: Buscándote by Orquesta Esquina Sur

This is a story of unfulfilled expectations. Of "what might have been."I frequently browse Bandcamp searching for new tango releases, and find it immensely useful. No longer do bands have to go through the long journey leading towards an album release: nowadays, they can simply record it, supply an…

Commented playlist: 2019-01-17

The inaugural edition of my milonga has ended up being a fusion of 1940s and 2010s. It has not been pre-determined, and yet I am not surprised. The venue is rather compact, and I did not feel I had enough space to let the 1950s romanticism flourish.this is about…

Announcing "Milonga T"

I am a big believer in having "skin in the game", to quote Nassim Taleb. The last time I organized a milonga was in 2013, and inasmuch as I love guest-DJing wherever they'd have me, I feel I should put my DJing to the real test now again.Milongas in…