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Interactive programming

Wow, didn’t realised that I have not been writing for such a long time! Anyway should have a few things coming up shortly as a some recent discussions.

In the meantime, I have been tinkering with Google Apps Script recently. This Javascript-ish listing of my tango music collection is the result. It’s still a work-in-progress however. Essentially this is a simple dashboard gadget with a backend driven by a Google Spreadsheet document. Obviously the information on singers is incomplete, since all this information has to be entered manually…


Recent purchases, part 2

The second batch of new CDs arrived yesterday. Thanks to Vivien for bringing them back from Buenos Aires!

This lot is from the Buenos Aires Tango Club (or BATC for short). As I understand, you’d need to go through hoops and bounds to order anything remotely from BATC, so it’s good to have someone on the ground. 😀

Next step is to digitise everything to lossless format before anything goes wrong with the CDs (they seem to be writeable CDs), as Royce has recounted here. I plan to switch my DJing collection (and ditch iTunes) eventually to flac in any case.


Invierno: yet another hard-to-find track

Given the state of preservation (or the lack of) of recorded tango music since the 1940s, it’s little wonder that we can commonly find from the major labels like Sony-BMG, EMI, etc., are but only a fraction of all that was recorded during the Golden Age of tango. In fact, many gems are only available in the expensive editions released by private collectors.

Here is another beautiful piece from Canaro, “Invierno”, which I heard for the first time a couple of months ago. By the way, even the usually reliable resource has no information as to the source of this song! Incidentally I really enjoyed this clip from the well-known DJ Damián Boggio as he showed off a little of his record collection.

* However, this song must be reasonably “accessible” in Buenos Aires as I have already seen 2 performances this year using this song. One source that I have discovered is Club de Tango, but perhaps there are others?


Recent purchases

First of the recent acquisitions to arrive!!

* Today’s parcel contains the 11-disc set of “D’Arienzo Epoca de oro” and from the famed Club Tango Argentino (CTA) collection: CTA-101 Orquesta Típica Victor Vol. 1 (1925-1926), CTA-103 Orquesta Típica Victor Vol. 3 (1926-1927) and CTA-704 Francisco Canaro (1931-1932).