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Tango-DJ Bernhard Gehberger

December Special 2011

by Bernhard Gehberger

Dear tango enthusiast,

due to recent events this special edition of the newsletter Tango-DJ.at is published. If the newsletter is not displayed correctly you might consider reading the online version.

"Plagiarism is the highest form of flattery." (Oscar Wilde) Still it is difficult to accept when confronted with such a situation for the first time - at least for me.

Last weekend in Cologne I came across a CD-R compilation which was described to me as a collection of very special tangos ready compiled in tandas. After taking a look at the presented tangos I was quite surprised since it was a collection of rare and special tangos indeed. Strangely all of them seemed to be familiar to me..

Let's take a closer look:

So this was quite a surprise to run into an illegal compilation of tangos arranged in tandas only one month after my newsletters. It shows the attitude of some people / DJs in the tango community. (some numbers: More than 1500 visits a day mostly accessing the information about CTA-CDs; about 20 people ordering CDs in 2011)

Some of the CDs you would have to use for this compilation:

Lots of these CDs are very rare and hard to get. It took and it takes a lot of work, time and money in order to find those CDs, get hold of them, publish information about it and to try to make them available also for others. Only with the support of people by buying CDs it is possible to keep up the work and find more of those rare recordings, the CDs containing them and publishing information about it.

If you have some interest in those special tango recordings you have to understand that someone has to spend lots of time, work and money in order to find 78rpms. It takes lots of know how, time, work and money to transfer this and produce high quality CDs. And it takes people to find those and make them available to you. All of this is only possible if you are willing to pay for your music.

A personal note to all Tango-DJs:
If you offer your service as a Tango-DJ, pay for the music you are working with!

I wish all of you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,
maybe you want to make yourself a present - buy yourself some tango CDs..




Theresa from Munich, blank

6:44pm on Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Bernhard, I like your page and appreciate very much your work to make rare music accessible (although I havent't yet ordered a CD from you, as I'm chasing sources myself ;-) and to discuss so many aspects of DJing. And I agree completely with you, it can also be a sort of plagiarism to copy tandas!
Theresa (from Munich)

Admin:  Dear Theresa, thx for the comment! It's less about the tandas - I publish them anyway. But it is very harmfull to make these very special tracks available as illegal compilation for free which will be copied massively. I payed more than 7000,- EUR so far to get hold of those Japanese CDs, find some of those rare tracks and publish information about them. I can not afford to continue this when people start copying the stuff for free..