Un beso...

by Kevin Steele Buenos Aires is not like home. And when in Rome, drive like the Romans… And the Argentines kiss when they meet. Better get used to it. (...) would lean over, ready to commit the act that, I thought, was reserved only for girlfriends and, on occasion, family. This guy used a few months it seems, but has written a really entertaining account of the argentinian kissing habits. [Read More]

The code

by anthonygrimley It can be difficult to learn tango. In addition to learning to know the music, leading and following and the basic vocabulary, there are the rules. So many rules to remember. Or codigos, as some prefer to call them. Codigos de la milonga. And there are some that think way too much attention devoted to these “rules”. Ancient rules from Buenos Aires, we can manage very well without them, thankyouverymuch. [Read More]


Poetry HackLab by pallotron, on Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License by  pallotron

"Those who don't understand [Tango] are condemned to reinvent it, poorly." > > – Henry Spencer (about Unix) > >

I believe Miguel Angel Zotto to have said something along the same lines, that if you do not understand tango, how can you possibly improve it? I can’t seem to find the reference, though.

Sabor a tango

by Simba tango It is common to say that we taste four diffent tastes: sweet, salt, bitter and sour. Combinations of these make up all other tastes. Sounds familiar? You may be guessing what I’m getting at… The experience of taste, or should I say the experience of a meal, which we humans make for the pure pleasure of enjoying the different tastes and combinations, consists of a lot more than these four basic tastes (some also include umami, but that’s not the point). [Read More]

La familia dell Tango

While tidying up the home office, I came over tha 2004 calendar of La familia dell Tango, by Gustavo Reinoso. Which is very cool. I have looked around for cartoonish drawings of tango that might be suitable for using on flyers etc, and this is the best I have seen so far. Very little information available on the web, it seems, but I found a little at www.ideasamedida.com/ and at www. [Read More]

Top 40

by Ger Audrey I loved the think top 40 part of Alex’ rant after attending a festival. The dj should think hits, hits and more hits to please the dancers. And maybe throw in a little surprise. Not all the time, but we need a little variation. But in general, play the good stuff. People are not interested in you digging up some weird music that you think maybe will work for tango. [Read More]

The real stuff

by oed Ah -- you dance **real** milonga (echte Milonga). After struggling with my milonga for years, this was the ultimate sign I was finally getting somewhere. And one of my favorite compliments ever. I got a tip from the Argentine host to ask this woman to dance, he thought I should dance with someone good. So I did. And was not disappointed. Starting almost right out with a milonga, which would have terrified me only a year earlier. [Read More]


by herval I just heard this story, and found it hilarious, about a dancer complaining to the dj. The conversation went something like this: -Ur music sux, man! -Allriiiight... which song would you like me to play? -! -Just name one song you would like me to play... -!! -Sooo... you don't actually know any songs, do you... Needless to say; before complaing, you ought to know what you are talking about. [Read More]

Volume adjustments for tango music

There was some discussion on the tangodj mailing list about the use of Replay Gain for tango music. I have used it for several years, and found it to be immensely useful. As you can see from the histogram above, the loudness of cd releases varies a lot, and Replay Gain makes automatic adjustments to make the loundess more or less the same. It does a lot better than I do, that’s for sure, and frees up time for the more interesting parts of the djing. [Read More]