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Encoding of File Names`

When you read through my Tango Tables, you may want to know the rules for the coding of the music filenames.

I set up a simple code for filenames so I can recognise the song without needing to resort to a program, which displays mp3 tags.  When creating playlists, I find this enormously helpful.  It does not take long to get used to it.

If you really don’t like the encoding, once you have downloaded a song, you can give it a filename, which makes sense to you.


Here is an example: Can_SonarYnadaMas_VS^W

The first block of three or four letters is an abbreviation of the name of the composer or performer of the song.  I have a list of all abbreviations.  If there is demand, I can upload it.

After the  __   follows a sensible abbreviation of the title, followed by another __   and a capital letter, which refers to the styles of Tango.

__V for Vals… __M for Milonga… __C or Cj for Canjengue or __Cd for Candombe.  Rarely you will find  __F for Fusion, some new Tangos, which include styling features from the traditional country music of the composer…. and very extremely seldom  __N for (can’t say the word).  An S after the style indicator means it’s a song.

When there is nothing after the title, it means it’s a ‘normal’ Tango.  So far the only thing, which can follow is  __S, which means it’s a song, as above.

Generally, after the style indicator follows ^ which means, I have completed the least I do with every piece,  it takes about half an hour.  This job includes:

  • adding a bit of silence at the start and end
  • and a general volume adjustment (so I don’t need to do it during playback)

^W means I have done more than half an hours work.     For info on what else I do with a song, look at My Style of Dusting.

Sometimes I added a lower case s after the W to indicate, the song has been recorded in stereo.

Decoding the above example: Can_SonarYnadaMas_VS^W

It’s a Canaro song called Sonar y nada mas, it’s a Vals, a song and I have done more than half an hours work on it.

I hope, this makes sense.



Amadeus W. Tangoduster


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