I’m thinking about creating some music to use with the interactive tango performance. I like the piece we used in the performance at Tango-del-Bosque, particularly the way the music comes in on the first note and you’re not sure whether it’s feedback or a note… it gradually becomes apparent. I’d like to keep this electronic sound because I think it’s appropriate for the cyclical element of the visuals which come from a feedback loop.
I don’t think I’m capable of composing anything just yet, so I think I will attempt to write and record an arrangement of a traditional tango but try to give it a contemporary sound, perhaps adding a beat but trying not to lose the elements of a tango that make it so enjoyable to dance to for me… in comparison to dance music now. Tangos have many different layers to them, the rhythm is one layer and provides the structure but it never dominates the music, the dance is inspired by the melody lines of which there are often several. The beauty of having so many different elements to the music is that you can choose and illustrate with your steps whichever line of the music you are listening to. This is one of the things I was trying to show with the Milonga Feet video.
Keywords for the music I want to create…
electronic, feedback, circular, cyclical, dynamic variation, staccato and legato, contrast, dramatic, tango.