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Tango (The Dance)



 Genre: Tango

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This is a tango I wrote for a movie shot in Budapest. The violin is played by Entcho Todorov. I play all other instruments. The mute trumpet is on an M1. I added words to the last verse, something I always wanted to do.

Encho also plays violin on this track:
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Dance, knowing each step to take.
We join in the dance,
where there is no choice to make.

In practiced patterns thus of hate and lust
we play out all our gestured fates.

Why can't we swirl with feet unclad and fleet
and revel in the rhythms sweet
that play inside?
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Uploaded: Mar 08, 2004 - 01:13:38 PM
Last Updated: Aug 07, 2007 - 07:21:45 AM Last Played: Jun 21, 2019 - 10:08:37 PM
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G4; Tobin on piano (MIDI), accordian; etc. Entcho Todorov on violin.
GR; DP 4.
macapa said 5608 days ago (March 8th, 2004)
A nicely played song. Simple, but good enough to listen to
a few more times.---
Thierry Daigneault
Squooge said 5608 days ago (March 8th, 2004)
Very nice!
I like it a lot, a small but though.... not really sure of the
vocals and the M1 muted trumpet is a bit naff.
akvavit said 5608 days ago (March 9th, 2004)
Veddy Romantik!
Ok, this is pretty cool. Again, Garageband proves that the
most interesting music is right here. Usually vocals are
best left undone, but this is alright.---akvavit
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SeoulBrother said 5608 days ago (March 9th, 2004)
I love the instrumentals. Such passion.
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marks said 5608 days ago (March 9th, 2004)
I like it but...
man as an ex trumpet player (well lapsed trumpet player) I
really cringed at the synth trumpet... - may be that's just
me though... vocals were a little wooden sounding (flat
tonality and lacking in dynamic delivery) and could have
done with a touch more reverb or being recorded in a
more live room - but everything else is real nice an
emotive and the bass line is pure class
so really it's 2 thumbs up from me---"Only he who attempts the absurd is capable of achieving the impossible."
- Miguel de Unamuno
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TobinMueller said 5252 days ago (February 28th, 2005)
I like it but...
man, I'd love to have you play to overdub the synth trumpet. The song was
recorded in my living room with plaster walls, and I am always afraid to
overdo the reverb thing to pretend the room is something more. Thanks for
your careful listen.
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Musikman said 5606 days ago (March 11th, 2004)
The violin is excellent, the rest is pretty bad. Kinda like a bottle of 1990 Chateau La Tour and an old can of rancid sardines. Sorry, but this one shouldn't have been submitted, that is, unless, this was submiited as a joke.
Suzanne said 5605 days ago (March 11th, 2004)
musikman, where are you coming from? i think Tango has a very sexy thing going on. the violin is amazing, but i like the accordian and piano too, and the way the thing builds and then gives way to the vocals (which are a bit loud and dull compared to the violin, but, hey). i wish more people submitted music, real compositions, like this, instead of a string of loops. if this is a "joke", i hope more people keep tickling my funny bone.

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Anonymous said 5583 days ago (April 3rd, 2004)
Musikman, your a fuc*ing Dumba** to call this a horrible piece, yes it could
have little improvements, but seriously I think it is great. It has a lot of
emotion in it. So fuc* off as*hole.
flop said 5605 days ago (March 11th, 2004)
i really enjoy the dramtic opening and the violin is
simple but does its job with great carizma
i love the biuld in the middle and i think the overall
effect is amazing
Keke Whoo said 5604 days ago (March 12th, 2004)
You are absolutely crazy! You have no idea what real
music sounds like if you did not like this song! Go
out and listen to some real music, and then maybe
you will be able to appreciate this wonderful piece of
music! It was absolutely inspirational and totally
unique! It is the best I have heard on macjams!
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Yen4Yen said 5601 days ago (March 15th, 2004)
Sorry Keke Whoo, but with being rude to Tobin Mueller, I tend to agree with Musikman, which is I don't like the song either. Musikman could have been a little more diplomatic with his/hers criticism though.
G-Fer said 5573 days ago (April 12th, 2004)
Kinda Piazzollish
It has obvious influences from Astor Piazzolla, like a lot of
tangos made for movies.

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TobinMueller said 5552 days ago (May 3rd, 2004)
Kinda Piazzollish
Yes, Astor was my main influence on this piece. Nice catch! He is the master
of this style, and when a Spanish filmmaker asked me to write tangos for his
score, a style of music I had never written before, I went straight to him to
learn the craft.
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casbahp said 5552 days ago (May 3rd, 2004)
My absolute favorite
I was engaged to a Hungarian Hotelier for awhile, and this
brought back memories of my time spent in the Magyar
community. Wonderful!
TobinMueller said 5251 days ago (February 28th, 2005)
My absolute favorite
It is so great to meld backgrounds, shape sounds using the ear and heart of
different regions. Life is wonderful.
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William.mueller said 5538 days ago (May 17th, 2004)
Very nice
Is that a real violin? It sounds great! Killer Song.
chipuni said 5480 days ago (July 14th, 2004)
Good song
A good song; the violin is superb! The vocals are a bit weaker -- but only because of the comparison with the wonderful violin. Thank you for sharing it.
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TobinMueller said 5252 days ago (February 28th, 2005)
Good song
Don't compare me to Encho's great sound and playing! Nothing can stand up
to that. Thanks for your comments. Encho not only plays great, he adds
ethnic ornamentations and passion to his playing that bring the notes to life.
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thetiler said 5253 days ago (February 27th, 2005)
nice picture with the music
The pictures you have are so, so sweet.
Love that violin and how it jells with the rest of the music.

Encho - bravo

Very nice tune indeed
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Rolo said 5200 days ago (April 21st, 2005)
I think you should change your last name to Piazzolla...
Loved it.
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Magritte said 5199 days ago (April 21st, 2005)
Lovely tune.
I agree, very reminiscent of Astor Piazzolla (sp?). I have to admit that I am not crazy about the vocals -- they add a little too much cheese -- but I tend to prefer instrumentals anyway. The violin is GORGEOUS. Makes me want to start up those tango lessons again.
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TobinMueller said 3867 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
Agreed. I try hard, tho. Really.
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eDrew said 5188 days ago (May 2nd, 2005)
Excellent Violin work. Good stuff...
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annalia said 4532 days ago (February 18th, 2007)
Oh My...
Love the strong intro, the violin cries, good clear piano, vocals nice and clear, a good strong voice, and a sudden ending or maybe I wanted more. A beautiful and romantic tango!
Thank You for sharing! :)
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Bass2x said 3897 days ago (November 14th, 2008)
Movie perfect!
A gypsy tango dripping with emotion.
Well done, T!
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TobinMueller said 3867 days ago (December 13th, 2008)
A gypsy tango
Suzanne is half Hungarian (and half Italian), so I get plenty of inspiration!
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billykirsch said 3450 days ago (February 3rd, 2010)
Tango (La Danza)
The bandoneon is so hard to emulate! You are playing the notes that a bandoneonist would play, but the timbre sounds more like an accordion than a bandoneon. You could try a more aggressive attack, add some distortion, detune (20 cents, 50% mix) and play with the expression wheels to add tremolo to get closer to a bandoneon.

Violin: I can't say much. Awesome as always.

I think the tune will gain a lot of character trying to use the most natural sounding midi instruments, going to a more minimalist approach. I would add an acoustic bass too. I love tango bands with only piano, bass, and violin and/or bandoneon: it's a very powerful combination.

I'm getting familiar with your vocal style and it's getting better and better ;-)

I can hear the essence of tango in here. The dance is an appropriate name. The only major problem is the timbre of the instruments (but you already knew)

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Tango music is traditionally played by an orquesta típica, which often includes violin, piano, guitar, flute, and especially bandoneon. Tango has long been a major part of the music of Argentina, and is well-known across much of the world, along with

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