Shazam - an almost magic way of identifying tango music

Would you like a friend who could identify just about every piece of popular Golden Age Tango music for you - and even tell you the orchestra and sometimes the year and the CD you will find it on? I have such a friend and he is Amazing! I love listening to tango music with him because I learn so much.
However when my friend is not around he has recommended an iphone App which is almost as good. So I downloaded it. I threw in a few curly ones - and a bit of classical to see just how good it is. It got all the old time jazz right, so then I thought I'd ask it about tango. It recognized Demare's 1946 recording of 'Dos Corozones' and Synergy Percussion's performance of Ross Edward's 'Dragonfly Dance' (one of my favourite classical pieces). There was no problem with 'Loca de Amor' (Rodolfo Biagi) and Anibal Troilo's 'Malena', it correctly identified Di Sarli's 'Tu...El Cielo y tu' and D'Arienzo's ' Milonga Vieja Milonga' both from Youtube.
However it couldn't get Tanturi's 1942 recording of 'Muneca Brava' or my favourite recordings of Francisco Canaro with singer Ernesto Fama  from the early 1940s (it identified 'Pajaro Ciego' as 'Incantesimo' by Massimo de Santis and David Scillia (!) - sorry but I have no idea what that is) nor could it get Thursday evening's performance on ABC Classic FM which according to their program guide was Chausson's 'Concert in D for piano, violin and string quartet, Op 21' .  Nonetheless it will be great to have when my friend is not there to ask - though I am sure from time to time I will have to check if it is right. If you've got an iphone and you want to identify tango music from time to time - check out Shazam it's free!


Anonymous said…
Thanks for the tip.
Shazam doesn't know D'Arienzo :-(


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