The Magic Roundabout Milongas http://www.magicroundabout.eu Tango events for traditional tango enthusiasts Thu, 19 Jul 2018 20:02:23 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 http://www.magicroundabout.eu/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/cropped-MR_Logo_squared_04-32x32.png The Magic Roundabout Milongas http://www.magicroundabout.eu 32 32 Tango con amigos practica 15th May 2018 http://www.magicroundabout.eu/tango-con-amigos-practica-15th-may-2018/ Sun, 13 May 2018 22:41:46 +0000 http://www.magicroundabout.eu/?p=720 DJ Paul Strudwick will be returning to Tango con amigos next Tuesday 15th May. Although primarily […]

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DJ Paul Strudwick will be returning to Tango con amigos next Tuesday 15th May.

Although primarily run as an opportunity to practice you are free to just enjoy dancing in an informal setting.
Music will be traditional, played in tandas and in the format TTVTTM.

Cost is £5 inclusive of refreshments. Tea, coffee, squash and quality snackage.

The event runs from 1945 until 2300.

The Halls at Easter Compton
Main Road,
Easter Compton.
BS35 5SJ.

From Junction 17 on the M5 take the B4055. The Halls are about a mile on the left hand side next to the The Fox public house.
Plenty of parking available to the rear of the building.

Check all my upcoming dates here.

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Magic Roundabout Sunday Service 20th May 2018 http://www.magicroundabout.eu/magic-roundabout-sunday-service-20th-may-2018/ Sun, 13 May 2018 21:58:00 +0000 http://www.magicroundabout.eu/?p=714 Each month we look forward to seeing who will join us at the Sunday Service at […]

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Each month we look forward to seeing who will join us at the Sunday Service at Watney Hall in Lydney. Whether you have danced for many years or only just been to your first few lessons you will be very welcome. The May edition is on Sunday 2oth May between 2pm and 6pm.

DJ duties will be shared between Bärbel Rücker and and Paul Strudwick and there is a free cream tea to keep your energy up during the dance. There is a short practica from 1.30pm which is free.

Parking is free onsite and in the public car park behind the library.
Afterwards we will go to the Bengal Balti for a curry. Please drop us an email to tango@magicroundabout.eu if you would like to join us so we can get an idea of numbers for the restaurant.

Join and share our facebook event here.

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La Boda @ Tango Chocolate Hamburg 5th May 2018 http://www.magicroundabout.eu/la-boda-tango-chocolate-hamburg-5th-may-2018/ Tue, 01 May 2018 15:51:24 +0000 http://www.magicroundabout.eu/?p=695 On Saturday afternoon I will have the pleasure of DJing at Tango Chocolate in Hamburg as […]

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On Saturday afternoon I will have the pleasure of DJing at Tango Chocolate in Hamburg as part of the festivalito La Boda to celebrate the wedding of Heidrun Fammler and Reinis Priednieks.

You can expect well crafted tandas of gorgeous golden age tango with some special transfers from my own collection of shellacs.

My set is from 3pm to 7pm on the 5th May 2018 at Tango Chocolate, Kirchenallee 25, 20099 Hamburg. Entrance is 5€.

The full programme for the weekend is here.

The night before, my partner DJ Bärbel Rücker will be playing at La Yumba from 2100 to 0230. The address is Kastanienallee 9, 20359 Hamburg. We are both looking forward to returning to Hamburg, meeting old friends and making new ones!

You can find information on all my upcoming DJ sets here and information about where Bärbel is playing here.

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Magic Roundabout Spring Bank Holiday 28th May 2018 http://www.magicroundabout.eu/magic-roundabout-spring-bank-holiday-28th-may-2018/ Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:15:35 +0000 http://www.magicroundabout.eu/?p=683 The next Magic Roundabout at Kington Langley is the Spring Bank Holiday milonga on Monday 28th […]

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The next Magic Roundabout at Kington Langley is the Spring Bank Holiday milonga on Monday 28th May.

We’re interested to see if Pauline can come up with another fantastic cake to match her previous fabulous creations!

The last event at Kington Langley with Michael Lavocah was a great success (see the video here) and we felt the new format of one six hour milonga worked well, so we will keep this format for future milongas at Kington Langley.

DJs will be Bärbel Rücker and Paul Strudwick, providing you with the best danceable traditional tango music.

If you’re hungry there will be free soup and jacket potatoes throughout the event, and of course free tea, coffee, biscuits etc.

There is free car parking on site and we hope this time that the field will also be dry enough to park on.

Please keep the access to the field clear so we can accommodate everybody’s cars.

The Bank Holiday milonga will run from 3.30pm to 9.30pm. Entrance is £15.

Kington Langley Village Hall, Church Road, Kington Langley SN15 5NJ

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Magic Roundabout Sunday Service 22nd April 2018 http://www.magicroundabout.eu/magic-roundabout-sunday-service-22nd-april-2018/ Sun, 15 Apr 2018 16:51:40 +0000 http://www.magicroundabout.eu/?p=679 It seems like ages since the last Sunday Service and we are looking forward to welcoming […]

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It seems like ages since the last Sunday Service and we are looking forward to welcoming you once again at Watney Hall in Lydney on Sunday 22nd April between 2pm and 6pm.

DJ duties will be shared between Bärbel and Paul and there will be a free cream tea to keep your energy up during the dance.

There is a short practica from 1.30pm which is free.

Parking is free onsite and in the public car park behind the library.

Afterwards we will go to the Bengal Balti for a curry. What better way to spend a Sunday?

Join our facebook event here.

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Spring Special Travel Updates http://www.magicroundabout.eu/spring-special-travel-updates/ Fri, 02 Mar 2018 20:58:50 +0000 http://www.magicroundabout.eu/?p=646 This page is for travel updates about our Spring Special milonga this Sunday 4th March 2018 […]

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This page is for travel updates about our Spring Special milonga this Sunday 4th March 2018 at Kington Langley Village Hall. You can check here to make sure we are still running the event before you travel.

SATURDAY 3rd MARCH 9pm – the Magic Roundabout will run tomorrow, Sunday 4th, unless there are any last minute issues.

Please check again here before you travel.

Main roads round us are clear with the only issues at the moment being on small side roads. I’m told the roads in Kington Langley are passable and the car park is clear.

If temperatures remain near freezing there is very likely to be ice around tomorrow so please spend a little time checking your route. There is a useful site with live cameras and information called www.motorwaycameras.co.uk which will allow you to see what the roads are like.

You will find information on road closures at www.theaa.com

There are useful tips on driving in winter here.

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Processing Tango Audio Files http://www.magicroundabout.eu/processing-tango-audio-files/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:48:37 +0000 http://www.magicroundabout.eu/?p=579 Introduction Processing Tango Audio Files is the first post in a series about tango music audio […]

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Waveform display with click

 

Introduction

Processing Tango Audio Files is the first post in a series about tango music audio quality, how to appreciate it, and why it matters.

I’m writing this one because of a post by Clive Harrison in the Facebook group Tango DJ Forum about audio processing for digital tango music files.

Here’s his question. “I have been experimenting with processing some of my digital music files (particularly TangoTunes’ ‘Golden Ear’ releases) to reduce audible clicks or crackle. Do you apply any processing to such files (and if so, what tools do you use) or do you prefer to play them ‘as is’?”

Click, hear?

You may ask why you, as a tango dancer, should care about such technical trivia, and I’m going to offer you a possible reason.

When we dance, we are inspired to move by the music (hopefully). Our ears convert the sound pressure variations in the air into signals which are sent to our brains to interpret. We convert this information into movement in real time because tango is an improvised dance, and therefore there is a limited time available to do this.

 

 Digital perfection?

When dancing to live music played by musicians on acoustic instruments then the sound is produced by the instrument and comes directly to the ear. As long as we know the sounds of the instruments we can interpret them with no problem.

But with traditional tango, we dance to orchestras recorded decades ago, and mostly these days we will be listening to digital files reproduced over loudspeakers.

Unfortunately ‘digital’ does not necessarily mean perfect. The digital realm offers a wealth of possibilities for manipulation of the sound file, which is great, but there are more ways to get it wrong than right. When it’s wrong, the resulting distortion means our brains must work harder to interpret the original sound. This leaves less time for movement and increases stress.

You don’t have to understand a single technical term or be an audiophile critic for this to happen, you probably aren’t even consciously aware it is happening. But it’s an extra load for our already busy brains to deal with.

So next time you’re not having a great night at the milonga, maybe it’s not you. Maybe it’s just bad sound quality.

Examples

Here are some excerpts from La yumba by Osvaldo Pugliese with different amounts of treatment. This was the track under discussion in the original facebook post.

I bought this version from the Tangotunes tango music download site. The quality of the audio is nice. The surface noise and clicks are a bit annoying, but it’s not too hard to ignore them as they are fairly constant.

Here is the same track but processed to remove the clicks using Izotope RX5 Advanced. It took a bit of experimentation with the settings to get a result I was happy with, but now the clicks are gone and there is very little degradation of the music.

Now I’ve taken the declicked version and treated it to remove the noise. Pay attention to what’s happening to the room ambience and the pizzicato violin part. There is very little noise, but there is some slight degradation of the music.

This example is with with the software on an automatic setting. It’s too much. The music becomes harder sounding, and what happened to that lovely bass? The effect of the processing is heard on the longer notes. It’s like flanging, really unpleasant. There are files out there that sound like this though! Even with decent software (and RX5 is), ears and experience are still needed to get good results.

Reliquias issued this version on CD. It was produced quite a while ago without the sophisticated software tools available now. The high frequency content has been attenuated to reduce the noise. Unfortunately this also reduces the top end of the music. Too much bass boost has been added and the resulting sound is heavy and unappealing compared to the Tangotunes version.

The examples above show the variation of sound quality even though the file is in the digital domain, and hopefully it will help you to spot these problems.

It’s not uncommon to hear peak distortion, continuous overmodulation, bad equalisation, and even artificial reverb on digital tango files. These things weren’t there on the original recordings, they have been added later, either deliberately or by mistake.

In later posts I will explore what can go wrong with file formats, loudspeakers and room acoustics.

Thanks to Clive Harrison for his original blog post which you can find here. You can also see the discussion on the Facebook group Tango DJ Forum here.

You can find the complete track for download at https://www.tangotunes.com.

Izotope restoration software is available via their website, the latest version is RX6. https://www.izotope.com/en/products/repair-and-edit.html

The music clips provided here are used under the ‘fair use’ provision of copyright law for educational purposes only.

Paul Strudwick is a professional sound engineer and member of the Institute of Professional Sound.

He worked for the BBC as an engineer before becoming self employed in 1996.

He has mixed around 750 live radio sessions for the BBC and mastered 1500 sessions for the BBC archive.

Currently he runs his own mobile sound recording vehicle and provides a variety of professional audio services, as well as organising and DJing at The Magic Roundabout Milongas.

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Encuentro Milonguero Betzenstein 3rd-5th August 2018 http://www.magicroundabout.eu/encuentro-milonguero-betzenstein-3rd-5th-august-2018/ Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:37:06 +0000 http://www.magicroundabout.eu/?p=570 I have heard how wonderful the open air Encuentro Milonguero Betzenstein is, so I am very […]

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I have heard how wonderful the open air Encuentro Milonguero Betzenstein is, so I am very much looking forward to participating and DJing there this year.

Located roughly 35 miles northeast of Nuremberg in Germany, the event space nestles in-between the trees as you can see from this photo. In case of inclement weather there will be a new geodome this year to offer protection, and of course, plenty of close embrace dancing to keep us warm!

The event is gender balanced and limited to around 100 participants.

There will be four milongas and an afterparty with DJs Bärbel Rücker, Paul Strudwick, Falk Ruckruh and one other tbc.E

Registration opens on the 16th February. The price is €110 including meals and a campsite space and you can register to be part of this great weekend here.

For more information check out the website page www.betzenstein.info and the facebook group.

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Sunday Service in Lydney 18th February 2018 http://www.magicroundabout.eu/sunday-service-in-lydney-18th-february-2018/ Sun, 04 Feb 2018 01:40:17 +0000 http://www.magicroundabout.eu/?p=445 We look forward to welcoming you to our monthly milonga in Lydney. The DJ this month […]

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We look forward to welcoming you to our monthly milonga in Lydney.

The DJ this month is Paul Strudwick, providing the best selection of danceable traditional tango.

1.30pm to 2.00pm – FREE practica.

2.00pm to 6.00pm – Milonga, entry £10

Free Cream Tea!

Free parking!

Reclaim your Severn Bridge toll, just share a car and bring the receipt.

Join and share the facebook event here.

Watney Hall, 3, Hill Street, Lydney. GL15 5HW

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The Magic Roundabout is 5! http://www.magicroundabout.eu/the-magic-roundabout-is-5/ Fri, 26 Jan 2018 20:20:28 +0000 http://www.magicroundabout.eu/?p=397 Astonishingly, it’s 5 years since the first Magic Roundabout Milonga! Come and help us celebrate this […]

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Astonishingly, it’s 5 years since the first Magic Roundabout Milonga!

Come and help us celebrate this Sunday 28th January at Watney Hall in Lydney. Sadly the marvelous Zebedee cake that Pauline Mulford made us is long gone, but we can promise you a free cream tea, and we hope to help you lose yourselves in wonderful tango music.

The milonga runs from 2.00pm to 6.00pm and there is a free practica beforehand from 1.30pm.

Watney Hall, 3, Hill Street, Lydney. GL15 5HW

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