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Milonga Bolacera


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billykirsch

 Genre: Tango

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This is an acoustic milonga that I composed some years ago.

Recently I was listening to some tangos written by Tobin here in MacJams. While making comments to his songs I started to think about this piece that survived in my memory. Today I started to play it and then I decided to record it just as a draft. But surprisingly it took me only a couple of hours to finish it, so here it is.

The milonga is a very old genre of music, originally from the south of Argentina; one of the influences of tango. The original song was only the guitar part, but I added some other instruments this time. I'm playing my campground proof crappy classical guitar and a recorder. Also the upright jazz bass in GB played with a midi kbd. Other organic noises are from the rest of the family around. I tried to keep the instrumentation as minimal as possible to keep the song open. There are clear Piazzolla influences here (the chromatic bass line for example), but the instrumentation is quite primitive, so it is like closing a cycle here: the latest and the earliest together.

It would have been ideal to have a bandoneon or violin around but none available. So I tried to improvise with the recorder and I liked it. Historically, the flute was used even before the bandoneon to play tango. So the recorder may be even an adequate instrument for the genre (as if anybody would care). Also the wind instruments are used in other parts of Argentina for folk/native music (you must know "El Condor Pasa" for sure, if not please go and google it), so it sounds cool to merge the metropolis and the native influences.

I always remember my first college years when I play this little song because it was more or less by that time that I composed it. So this goes to my beloved friends in Argentina that took care of me during those years: Flaco (the one that gave the name to the song), Cadu, Turco, Martincho y Flavio. Los quiero atorrantes.
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Uploaded: Feb 06, 2010 - 02:17:20 AM
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Comments
johnwhitehead said 2784 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
Tango
Quite a haunting piece. Like the airy simplicity.
Lovely.
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billykirsch said 2784 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
John
Thanks so much for your comment. Firsties are so good, specially when quick!
Glad you enjoyed it and left a note (and faved). Thanks!
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richard13 said 2784 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
Ola, billykirsch!
This doesn't sound like any tango I've heard before, but it is lovely. The simple orchestration is fitting. I have downloaded a copy to enjoy at work, thank you.
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billykirsch said 2784 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
Hola Richard!
Milonga is to tango as blues is to R&R so yeah, not exactly the same thing, but they are family ;-) But, even as a milonga, this is quite weird, so I can relate to what you are saying. Actually "Bolacero" is a lunfardo (slang) term that is applied to somebody that has a tendency to tell tall tales. So the name is saying this is kinda a "lying" milonga.
Thanks for the ears and the d/l. Still need to check your entry into MJRF2010... busy days :-)
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fasteddie said 2784 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
You have
some real talent my friend. The guitar is awesome and the production is top notch.

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billykirsch said 2784 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
Eddie
Thanks a lot man. So you have been down there? So cool you had a chance and liked it. I guess you went to the patagonian Andes... man is this homesicknessness?

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scofugate said 2784 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
Moving piece.
The chords and progression you used here are so emotional. Very nice song with a deep meaning for you, and it came out in your playing!!
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billykirsch said 2784 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
Scott
It's great to know some emotion emanates from this. It's a very simple song and decided to leave its essence intact. The recorder and bass are just clothing. It's just simple and candid... like a 19 years old boy from a small Argentinean town ;-).
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TobinMueller said 2784 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
Fingers on strings
I love the sound of your guitar, the fingers on strings, the dynamics into 1:40, the sense of soul. Reminds me why I enjoyed writing those tangos. Perhaps slightly too much reverb on the recorder, in my ears. Thanks for sharing your stories, too. Maybe we can collaborate on something...
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billykirsch said 2784 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
Tobin
The guitar is handmade by an artisan of my hometown. It's full of defects, but I like it, perhaps because of that. I use to say it has an acoustic overdrive in it because if you play it with too much energy it starts to distort (specially fret buzz, you can hear a little bit of the "effect" around 1:40). It has some personality. Now that I think, I should give a name to her.
I guess I like reverb too much... not the first comment I have on that area. Thanks for mentioning it.
Glad you liked it. Thanks Tobin.

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eleveneyes said 2784 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
tangolicious
Love the nylon string/recorder combo, so earthy and natural.
Beautiful piece beautifully played.
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billykirsch said 2784 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
Ray
So glad to know you and your music man.
Thanks for the note.

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TERRAPLANE said 2784 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
Change it up
I really enjoy hearing different genres form MJers like you ,,it proves that their music has no limits,, Well done!! Billy,,,,,,,,, T

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billykirsch said 2784 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
Terry
I was lucky to have friends that showed to me the richness of music, beyond what was available in radio, tv or my parent's records. By the way, you already know who they are (see above ;-).

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tonestones said 2784 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
Beautiful sounding guitar
Really well recorded. Great tones. Love the resonance. Really well done!
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billykirsch said 2783 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
Steve
The good think about this one was that each instrument had its own frequency area, no need for eq to make room for others, so the guitar and the recorder have their natural sound.
Thanks for the visit and the kind words.
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michael2 said 2784 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
billy
this is beautiful. absolutely perfectly haunting. nothing else to say really; love those melodies.
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billykirsch said 2783 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
Michael
The flute melody is an improvisation, I think on a pentatonic scale. When I was recording it, I was thinking -this sounds good- and then I started to be more and more self conscious and scared of screwing up the take (not a rare occurrence in my case), but I'm glad it didn't happen this time :-)
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michael2 said 2783 days ago (February 7th, 2010)
wow
i have no idea how to play a pentatonic scale. that in itself is impressive. keep telling myself I will learn that stuff one day.
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magnatone said 2783 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
Milonga Bolacera
Billy, this is just spectacular! i love the organic and "real" feel to everything i hear - it's like i'm sitting with you in your living room. this also really shows the fact that you have SERIOUS chops! what a delightful, inventive and very impressive work. GREAT job on the recorder - wowza!
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billykirsch said 2783 days ago (February 7th, 2010)
Karen
If you listen carefully, just before the first note of the bass there's a ringing sound in the background. It continues for a while, a little bit masked by the bass. Well, that's my wife collecting the dishes after dinner. You got the vibe when you say it's like being here ;-)
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Cameron said 2783 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
Very natural sounding
I've always loved the simplicity of one or two acoustic instruments, and this performance is excellent. Your guitar playing is great, but I am particularly impressed with the natural style of your recorder playing -- you bend the notes and use little flourishes which fit this milonga VERY well!

Very nice listen.
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billykirsch said 2783 days ago (February 7th, 2010)
Cameron
I was lucky to see an incredible quena player called Jorge Cumbo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3_aQP8CLm4&feature=related), first row (I should say first table) in a small pub in my home town. I think that's the first dent on what quena playing meant to me. Then, there's a Kurosawa film called Ran in which a blind man called Tsurumaru plays the flute. I didn't see that movie again and I don't remember much of it (I had to go to google to get the name of the movie and character), but I do remember the emotion I had when listening to the flute in the few scenes this young/man plays.
Both experiences are like flashes: I remember the wild high pitches on the attack of the notes, bendings, flourishes, specially the expressiveness of the players. And in both cases it was like "I thought that when a flute sounded like that it was bad playing, but it sounds great". And then, one day, somebody forgot a recorder at home. It's a beautifully simple and expressive instrument.
Thanks Cameron for your words. They mean a lot to me coming from you.
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ic42 said 2783 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
beautiful slow dance
it has a bit of a jazz feel, but also the plaintive longing of the folk tunes I think of from Bolivia and Peru (your recorder playing has a lot of great character, I love the bends and dynamics you offer.) Excellent music writing and playing. A definite fave.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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billykirsch said 2783 days ago (February 7th, 2010)
Eduard
I agree this has a strange mix of sounds. I think the bass is the culprit for the jazzy vibe. Well, to my ears tango and jazz have a lot in common. Most of the tango I like has a strong jazzy vibe, and that may be the reason you hear it here.
Thanks Eduard for lending your ears to this one and leaving your reflections.

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Vic Holman said 2783 days ago (February 6th, 2010)
and you play a flute?
this is really nice! the guitar playing and melody is great. very natural sound a well. the flute is icing on the cake!
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billykirsch said 2783 days ago (February 7th, 2010)
Vic
Thanks man for leaving a comment. Mmmh, I'm not really sure I play the flute, but I like to play with it :-).
I was trying different things on top of the guitar. I tried with an harmonica to see if it sounded like a bandoneon, but it sounded more like a western spaghetti soundtrack than a southern milonga :-D. The flute seemed to maintain some sense of consistency.
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Mcboy said 2783 days ago (February 7th, 2010)
fine
and beautiful track.....fine picking and nice orchestration....!
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billykirsch said 2783 days ago (February 7th, 2010)
McBoy
Thanks for the kind note.
Glad you liked it.

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scaustrita said 2783 days ago (February 7th, 2010)
Stunning
Absolutely stunning.
A genre of music I've heard, but never categorized. The delivery is flawless, as well as the instrumentation.

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billykirsch said 2783 days ago (February 7th, 2010)
Steve
It's always hard to categorize crossovers across genres. And I think most of us MacJammers have a tendency to mix things, just for the sake of bothering hard ears :-)
Thanks man, your guitar playing is awesome and I feel honored when you leave a note.

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lagarto said 2783 days ago (February 7th, 2010)
Bueniiisimo che
Excellente!, I like the peace atmosphere. (Bueniiisimo che ;))
billykirsch said 2782 days ago (February 7th, 2010)
Lagarto
Gracias lagarto! :-)
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WharmtonRise said 2782 days ago (February 7th, 2010)
Lovely work
I especially like the modulations later on. Nicely minimal. Beautiful!
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billykirsch said 2782 days ago (February 7th, 2010)
Andrew
Thanks a lot for your kind words. The modulation is a little bit constrained because of the fret-buzz in the 5th string, but in the end it sounds quite well that way.
I'm so glad you liked it. I don't have words for how much I like your music.
Thanks
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blaky smith said 2782 days ago (February 8th, 2010)
Great post
Nice song, stunning piece. Simply beautiful. I love it. Thanks...
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billykirsch said 2782 days ago (February 8th, 2010)
Marc
Thanks for your kind words. Waiting for your next one!

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mikkinylund said 2782 days ago (February 8th, 2010)
I can hear some Piazzolla in here
Especially in the arrangements and as you already mentioned; the bass-line. I do care about the usage of flute vs. bandoneon - musical history is very, very interesting and should never be forgotten. Although I do not know the reason to the choice of flute in this particular case (Bandoneons too expensive, cultural choice?). No mater what, most of the time it adds or further enhances the plot. I grew up with the Finnish tango, which is much more slavic, and that did gain its influence from, for example, Mr. Carlos Gardel.
This is in my ears a very impressive composition. Yes, indeed there is, as mentioned some Piazzolla influences, but I can also hear even some Gardel (the melody), as well as many other vintage Argentina Folk Songs. Bravo!
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billykirsch said 2782 days ago (February 8th, 2010)
Hi Mikki
I saw your post about the Finnish tango some time ago. I didn't know about tango being popular in Finland. It was funny to see some of the customs related to dancing tango over there... In Argentina the way to invite a lady to dance tango is fixing your eyes in her eyes and making a small nod with your head towards the dance floor (if she ever looks at you :-).

The use of the flute was not a choice, but a necessity :-) Bandoneons are very expensive and hard to play, and I don't have the budget nor the time. Violin is the next great thing, not that expensive but still not so easy to play. So I had to find substitutes among things I already have. I was thinking about using an electric guitar to emulate the violin but never reached that point as I tried the flute first and liked it.

I can also hear the Argentinean folk influences, but I wasn't thinking of Gardel, although his influence may be unconscious to me having grown up with his music all around when I was a child.
Thanks Mikki for your kind comments. It's been a while since I don't visit your page, but I will soon. I love your style.

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caroline said 2782 days ago (February 8th, 2010)
beautiful
i was transported back to seeing simon and garfunkel performing at the royal albert hall in london - i have a particular love of the argentinian tango - never knew one could sound like this - thank you
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billykirsch said 2782 days ago (February 8th, 2010)
Caroline
What an experience seeing them in such a nice place for listening music. I'm glad this music brought you there again. That's a huge compliment for me.
And, yeah, may be I'm relaxing the definition of tango a little bit here. But just a little ;-)
Loved your reunion song :-D
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egobandit said 2781 days ago (February 8th, 2010)
Wow
LOve the bass, YA know I remember in NYC at the 59th street station where you catch the 6 there were south american musicians playing an instrument that sounded allot like the one your playing here. Really a beautiful sound. Great song!
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billykirsch said 2781 days ago (February 8th, 2010)
Quena
I'm almost sure the instrument you saw is a quena (pronounced something like kenna). I remember guys like those you mention playing in the subterranean stations of Buenos Aires too. Many of them incredible musicians (and lungs).
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Outtaorbit said 2781 days ago (February 8th, 2010)
Now i like 2 things from Argentina
Your tune and Malbecs
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billykirsch said 2781 days ago (February 8th, 2010)
Malbecs
and this tune... sounds like a good combination :-)
Thanks Patrick.
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ste said 2781 days ago (February 8th, 2010)
real
talent here. love the woodwind. the changes and playing are perfect
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billykirsch said 2781 days ago (February 9th, 2010)
Ste
Thanks for the ears and your kind words. BTW, there are a couple of famous tango singers from Japan. They sing in Spanish by phonetics... awesome.
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Calchas said 2781 days ago (February 8th, 2010)
This is really pretty!
Well played and produced Billy! Nice tone on the acoustic guitar, and I really enjoyed hearing the wind instruments. I have several cds of Argentinian music. This fits right in!

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billykirsch said 2781 days ago (February 9th, 2010)
Michael
I wasn't sure about the guitar (I was thinking of asking a friend to lend me his) or my flute playing. In the end it seems it wasn't too bad. Thanks for the visit and thumbs up!
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Calchas said 2781 days ago (February 9th, 2010)
Gotta take some chances
if we want to grow!

You done good man!
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2781 days ago (February 9th, 2010)
lovely piece!
This was beautifully written and equally beautifully performed! Glad you added the recorder and bass; the instrumentation complemented the guitar part really nicely.

I'm no tango expert--let alone milonga, but I enjoyed this very much!
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billykirsch said 2781 days ago (February 9th, 2010)
Michael
The guitar needed some support to make the song more interesting. I tried to add as less as possible to it though. The kind of balancing act we always do when deciding when to stop adding tracks ;-)
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Gaylen75 said 2781 days ago (February 9th, 2010)
Beautiful and Incredible
I love the combination of instruments. This has a timless feel to it. I see the desert or the old west. Anyway no matter how far off it is closer now.
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billykirsch said 2781 days ago (February 9th, 2010)
Gaylen
Thanks man. I see a desert too, in the middle of mountains. Mountains have good acoustics. Who knows why...
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Ulnegher said 2781 days ago (February 9th, 2010)
Grande Cabe
Muy en la linea de I'm gonna feel so right, igual de pacifico. de la epoca de "voy a tomar una ginebra bols que me despierta..."? Genial!!!}
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billykirsch said 2781 days ago (February 9th, 2010)
Ulnegher
Que capo sos! Te abriste una cuenta mostro!! Si mas o menos de esa epoca :-)
Sabes en quien pensaba cuando mande esto? En tu viejo. Dales un abrazo a Carlitos y a Piri.

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guygrooves said 2781 days ago (February 9th, 2010)
I can close
my eyes an picture myself doing the Tango with a beautiful Spanish lady. I don't even know how to tango... thats how good this piece is.
Peace
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billykirsch said 2781 days ago (February 9th, 2010)
Guy
Try this:
- open this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9WJhYWd-CI&feature=related
- pause the video before it starts
- start playing this song in your media player
- start playing the video as fast as you can
They will seem to dance to this one, at least the intro ;-)

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billykirsch said 2781 days ago (February 9th, 2010)
Something else...
I just realized...
If you mute the video, they'll keep dancing to this song (the video has its own music, quite obviously)
And after this song ends, go to the beginning of the video, unmute and enjoy it with the original music.
Thanks Guy. You're always here man.

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guygrooves said 2781 days ago (February 9th, 2010)
Freaky...
Now I know how to tango lol... Thanks Billy
Peace
Guy
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Bowman said 2781 days ago (February 9th, 2010)
Superb.
Love the mellow somewhat sad quality to this. Beautiful tune my friend.
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billykirsch said 2780 days ago (February 9th, 2010)
Bowman
Thanks Charles. I don't know why it's a little bit sad. Too much tango and blues perhaps... ;-) Glad you liked it and happy you found this one (so I could find yours).
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davisamerica said 2780 days ago (February 9th, 2010)
tango
perfecto
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billykirsch said 2780 days ago (February 9th, 2010)
Jack
Good Spanish! :-)
Muchas gracias Jack.

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damiengh said 2780 days ago (February 9th, 2010)
sensitively sweet
Very relaxing. Always love music that comes from the soul and the sensitivity from that soul, is quite apparent.
This was truly a pleasure to listen to.
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billykirsch said 2780 days ago (February 9th, 2010)
Damien
Man, thanks for your warm words. That soul is feeling so good reading your comment ;-)
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trasher1966 said 2779 days ago (February 11th, 2010)
love it
love the guitar work most outstanding
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billykirsch said 2779 days ago (February 11th, 2010)
Derek
Thanks so much! Loved Wake too: beautiful.
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kristyjo said 2778 days ago (February 12th, 2010)
Great!
I loved it when the recorder entered. I was expecting a particular sound, and this instrumentation moved me to a completely different place. It sounds a bit lonely and windswept, and proud. Thanks, too, for the detailed description and the merging of old and new.
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billykirsch said 2778 days ago (February 12th, 2010)
Kristine
I also love to be surprised by music. So glad that happened to you with this one. I'm still thinking about your description how the music sounds to you; I'm always amazed by the ways people interprets music and I'm thankful when somebody describes what she/he feels when listening. Time ago I read that art to be communicated needs both the performer and the audience to be artists. There must be some truth in that idea as you describe emotions that I didn't think were there, but now you make me think about them.
Thanks Kristine for your warm words.
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VicDiesel said 2778 days ago (February 12th, 2010)
Chorus?
A very charming piece. But is that a chorus or a flanger on that guitar? I would say that was not needed.

The reverb on the recorder could indeed be a bit less; it not only pushes the instrument into the background, it also makes it sound a bit artificial in the beginning, but various imperfections save you from that, later on.

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billykirsch said 2778 days ago (February 12th, 2010)
A very charming piece
You are so kind Vic.
It's weird: there's no chorus or flanger on the guitar (I'm starting to love the sound that comes from that $30 guitar). On the other hand the flute is distant on purpose, perhaps an influence from Jorge Cumbo and Una Ramos records.
I think I played the recorder imperfectly for years now so I'm quite good at it :-), but I like it that way (I would remove the take if not so). As I said above, I love flute performances that were supposed to be imperfect. In the end I guess is all a matter of taste.
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thoddi said 2776 days ago (February 14th, 2010)
sensitive
What nice guitar playing. The sparse and restrained arrangement suits the melody from the guitar well. The flute is a perfect companion to the guitar and bass, and yes I can hear the El condor pasa resemblance. Bravo!
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billykirsch said 2775 days ago (February 15th, 2010)
Thor
Thanks a lot for your comment. It means a lot coming from such a fine guitar player like you (cool videos btw :-)
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bud said 2775 days ago (February 15th, 2010)
What a wonderful recording
and a beautiful song. I wish I could play this well - you have a great gift. Excellent midi bass - and the recorder was an inspired touch.
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billykirsch said 2775 days ago (February 15th, 2010)
Bud
Hey, nice to see you! Thanks for taking a moment to listen to this one and leave a note. I'm anxiously following your rpm stuff. You rock man!

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angelahope said 2774 days ago (February 15th, 2010)
everything i hear is so wonderful here
this is no exception! lovely. i feel the heart in all the movements and the flute touches my native american soul.
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billykirsch said 2774 days ago (February 16th, 2010)
Angela
Thanks for your warm words. Music is about heart (I know you know it after listening to your songs), so I'm happy you can feel some of it in this tune.
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DarkPlanet said 2773 days ago (February 16th, 2010)
South America
Great work, I can almost feel the cool mountain winds of the Andes
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billykirsch said 2773 days ago (February 17th, 2010)
Dark
You brought me there too with your comment. A trip I made with my family to the northwest of Argentina. Memory has strange hooks.
Thanks for stopping by and leaving a note. You have cool stuff too! :-)

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thetiler said 2773 days ago (February 17th, 2010)
Enjoyed
Loved the addition of the other musical instruments as well.

Way to go!
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billykirsch said 2773 days ago (February 17th, 2010)
Bill
Thanks for the listen and leaving a comment. If you read my bio page you'll see you are the first artist I listened to in this site. It's so cool you liked it.
Thanks again.
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Sigmund said 2771 days ago (February 19th, 2010)
Milonga Bolacera
Interesting. Nice mellow piece of music. I like your use of dynamics starting around 1:30 and subsequently throughout. Your tempo change near the end was interesting and flavorful. Fine effort Mr. Kirsch. -
Sig
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billykirsch said 2771 days ago (February 19th, 2010)
Sigmund
Glad you found the tempo change interesting. I used GarageBand more as a humble Tascam 4 than a Logic monster this time. That perhaps helped to make this song sound a little bit more natural.
Thanks for the listen, the thought and the words (it's a lot of work to make a good comment ;-).

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sister_savage said 2756 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
Driiiifting
Amazing music! Wow I love this. Evocative, sensual, and smooth.
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billykirsch said 2754 days ago (March 8th, 2010)
Thanks Tess
Can I steal your words to describe your own music? :-)
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jdholliday said 2748 days ago (March 13th, 2010)
hey
i know a great argentinan guitar player who would love to hear this, do you mind?
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billykirsch said 2747 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
JD
No problem at all, of course :-)
Thanks for stopping by.
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alackbass said 2748 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
Simply Beautiful!
What more needs to be said. The guitar is gorgeous. The flute is haunting. The production is flawless. Your use of dynamics is great.
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billykirsch said 2747 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
Andrew
Thanks man. Flattered by your comment after listening to your tracks.
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smokey bacon jnr said 2747 days ago (March 15th, 2010)
haunting
Love the evocative flute on this. Very plaintive. Liked it!
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billykirsch said 2746 days ago (March 16th, 2010)
Smokey
Thanks man. Feels good you liked this tune.

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gjdusoe said 2747 days ago (March 15th, 2010)
Bolacera???
I really enjoy this piece very much...does Bolacera in the title mean "false" or "fake"???
Regardless, I find it to have a very soothing quality...yet haunting somehow.
the descending pattern reminds me ever so slightly of "While my Guitar Gently Weeps", but I can't say why.
Anyway, listening to the piece I can envision myself on the beach in Mirimar, watching the waves roll in...be well - Gary
billykirsch said 2746 days ago (March 16th, 2010)
Bolacera
I'm English challenged so don't take my translation as the last word. You already have an expert at home man! :-D. Bolacero/a is somebody who exaggerates so so much about everything that nobody believes in him/her. One "bolazo" is an exaggerated story or sentence, exaggerated enough you immediately recognize it's fake.

In Miramar there was a man who's quite a legend. Everybody knows him as "el viejo Volpi" (the old Volpi). I didn't know him but I know a few of his stories.

One night, very late, he was driving from Necochea to Miramar in his old Ford model A with is dog Rucho in the passenger's seat. The night was very dark and nobody was on the road except them. Around Mechongue he starts to nod, almost falling asleep. Rucho barked and he agreed with the dog he was too tired to continue driving, so he asked Rucho to drive. As soon as Rucho seated behind the wheel he fell asleep. When he awakes near La Ballenera, the dog was still driving and all seemed to be fine, except that there was no sound coming from the road. He also noticed it was very dark outside. He thought Rucho had stopped and turned the lights off, but when he checked the dashboard the lights were still on and the speed meter was stuck at the end of the scale. He was not nervous, but he looked back and he saw two lights following them, too close. He asked Rucho to slow down a little bit to let that car pass. But as Rucho slowed down, the lights in the back started to get closer and closer, faster and faster. He knew the car behind was going to crash with them. To his surprise, the lights of the car behind passed through the whole car and through him to reunite with the lights in the front. Immediately, the darkness dissapeared and he was able to see the road ahead.

Now, that's a bolazo. And Mr. Volpi would be the bolacero.

Coming back: in the title, I think bolacera comes more from the fake nature of a bolazo than from the exaggeration aspect. At least, that's my interpretation of the name (I didn't put the name, my friend Gustavo -aka El Flaco- did it)

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BirdmanWayne94 said 2745 days ago (March 17th, 2010)
It's...
... rare to find pieces of such quality here. I completely love this!
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billykirsch said 2737 days ago (March 24th, 2010)
Yeman
Thanks a lot man! Good to know you liked it.
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Hickling_Stan said 2744 days ago (March 18th, 2010)
Beautiful
Straight to download, this is so haunting. Patagonia Rocks!! seriously well done.
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billykirsch said 2737 days ago (March 24th, 2010)
Patagonia
...rocks indeed. Thanks Mark.
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SISTERS said 2742 days ago (March 20th, 2010)
all thumbs up
this is simply exquisite.
even the intro is beautiful in its thoughtfulness - i like the way you wait a little before the bass enters. the builds in intensity are well placed and effective and the plaintive progressions are perfect. as the song neared its end, i found myself wishing it weren't so. WONDERFUL!
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billykirsch said 2737 days ago (March 24th, 2010)
Anne
Thank you very much sister ;-). Thanks for saying what worked for you. I'm always intrigued by what is what really people 'hear' when music plays. You rock.

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ktb said 2710 days ago (April 21st, 2010)
beautiful
playing and the mix is outstanding. Very soulful track. I felt the stress leaving within the 1st minute. The recorder was wonderfully hypnotic. Sorry not to have discovered your music sooner
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billykirsch said 2669 days ago (June 1st, 2010)
John
The stress is a good observation. I think I was becoming more and more nervous too towards the end while playing the recorder.
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Bob6stringer said 2704 days ago (April 27th, 2010)
Acoustic guitar in pure, acoustic grandeur
Billy, thanks for tipping me off to Astor Piazzolla; I just took some of his music in on YouTube. Your arrangement is great. It sounds very "present," like I'm sitting, watching you do this live. And you'd have me fooled with the GB bass if you didn't spill the beans.

Your guitar, well... see subject line. If you're gigging or even doing open mics later this year, I wouldn't mind if you drop me a line. (I'm moving back to Chicago.)
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billykirsch said 2669 days ago (June 1st, 2010)
Bob
It's been a while you left this comment my friend, but be sure I read it the same day you left it. I'm the worst procrastinator.
Piazzolla was a genius. The proof he was a genius is that in Argentina people are still debating if his music was tango or not. Years ahead of his time.
I still need to go to an open mic myself and see what is about.
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Char said 2688 days ago (May 12th, 2010)
For a simple piece
it has a grand and spacious quality about it. You have a deft manner with the guitar and the recorder. You are a really good musician... that is obvious. Lovely to listen to. Thanks. :)
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billykirsch said 2669 days ago (June 1st, 2010)
Char
Thanks for the kind words. This song almost materialized itself without my intervention.
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tokai said 2670 days ago (May 31st, 2010)
Beautiful bro
2.14 onwards, that series of chords is beautiful. Billy you really know who to write a tune, and your endings are the best. Lovely stuff man
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billykirsch said 2669 days ago (June 1st, 2010)
Steve
Hey, thanks for the visit. I had this thread abandoned.
Great to know you liked it man. Later! :-)
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Social_Ice said 2662 days ago (June 8th, 2010)
argentinian gem....
quietly alluring intoxicating gem of a piece...enjoyed immensely....lovely work you have...thanks..
ageofthedeathtree said 2562 days ago (September 16th, 2010)
beautiful dischordinance ...
spelled that incorrectly lol. anyways, this one caught my ear right away ... a mellon collie beauty i could put on repeat for the rest of the day. perfect ...

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