“With Cicatrices, there was something wrong,” said Sebastian, returning to our DJ booth after dancing this tanda, last weekend in Paris.
“In that Biagi tanda, Cicatrices is too slow or the next song is too fast.”
As usual, I was skeptical, and the next day, when the rain was pouring too much water into our espresso’s, we sheltered inside the café, opened our laptops and started listening to Andrés Falgás singing about the Cicatrices (scars, the marks left after a wound has healed). Falgás smears the words over the staccato and rhythmical pulse of the instruments. Very slow indeed, is it unnaturally slow?
With the method described in my previous post, I found that the tuning (pitch) of the song was 42 cents too low;
the song is written in G minor but we hear a note halfway between F# and G. This means that the transfer of the song is 2,4% too slow on this CD (Biagi, Sus éxitos con Falgás y Ibáñez, Reliquias).
I applied this correction of 2,4% to the speed and tuning of the song, and we started listening:
Yes! The scars are still very painful, but the voice sounds better. Indeed, it was too slow.
Here you can download my retuned Biagi – Cicatrices.
Tempo on other CD’s
The tempo of Cicatrices on others CD’s is incorrect as well:
- Natucci: 2.1% too slow
- Lagrimas y Sonrisas 1993 EMI Odeon/FM Tango: 2.0% too slow
- Los Clásicos Argentinos: 2.4% too slow
- Remi: 2.5% too slow
- TangoTunes: 1.7% too slow
The TangoTunes version is 1.7% too slow. Better than the rest, but still, it’s a pity. TangoTunes is a very interesting project, carefully transferring vinyl and shellac records to a digital format.
It is important to listen and compare the versions with a good sound system. Their version of Biagi – Cicatrices is much better than all the other versions. Brighter, deeper, fuller. Less cleaned-up. Very nice. I think they are doing a great job. It’s a lot of work, and in the correct tempo it would be even better.