Enrique Santos Discepolo
Oh for the joys of the tangueria ... the smoky atmosphere of the milonga, the flickering lights, as the milonguero catches the eye of a beautiful woman, and nods, offering the cabaceo, or silent invitation to dance... a dance, or a date without small talk, where all is in the eyes and the body language, a date lasting the length of a tanda, three or four songs; they say that a tango song without words is romantic, but a tango with lyrics is full of feeling ... and after the dance, on to the next connection, or perhaps not, but be careful, too many dances in a row with one person, and you will both be counted as off limits to other prospective partners... Some say Argentine Tango's true origins are in 1938 - 1940 with the legendary Carlos Gardel, its Golden Age took place in in the late 1940's and early 1950's, when some of the classic tango songs, singers and orchestras were put on vinyl by an amazing range of recording companies in Buenos Aires. Tango reflects the world view of its inventors, the most macho of the milongueros, the compadritos. If you like to read, try Rick McGarrey's online book Tango and Chaos about his adventures with the Tango and other Argentine delights.
Craig Altman: I make couple animations myself in Poser and in the case of the tango I was specifically asked for it, to which I replied - sorry but I'm not a dancer, I don't know how it goes, the steps etc. I prefer making up dances as I go along, like my slow dances, I'm then free to decide what I think looks nice. Making a strict dance you kinda can't do that, it's why I've only done that a couple of times. This guy came back to me a few days later with a video he had found of the tango being performed, I watched it and decided - yes it looks like something I can make. It took about 150 hours, about 5 hours to make each second of animation, then another 3-4 days to make the animation work in SL, because complex animations from poser always need a lot of tweaking and reuploading to make them look right on SL AV's. Because the anim is made for two, you cut it in half, upload each partner separately, make sure the upload settings are exactly the same and get the script to start both parts at the same time.
For anyone who's ever had a tender moment ruined by jumping on a poseball and finding themselves in a very unattractive sitting pose instead of the one they were expecting, Craig has an answer.
Craig Altman: When you use an animation set for the first time, the sim downloads it to your cache and then plays it, this is why in a laggy sim, you might 'sit' for about 5 seconds before the anim starts, you may even see the other person start first, this is because their animation was downloaded into your cache and started before yours was. This is why with the best will in the world, the animation of the two partners will not start at the same time even though the script has told them to, most people when they see this, jump off the ballset and jump back on, this works is because by then the animation has been downloaded into both people's cache, so when the script tells them to start again, no downloading is needed.
Ho chiesto a Craig Altman di Bits and Bobs animations cosa significa creare un tango in Second Life.