AES New York 2007 Monday, October 8, 9:00 am — 11:00 am
T16 - TURNTABLE TECHNIQUE: THE ART OF THE DJ
Stephen Webber, Berklee College of Music - Boston, MA, USA
The last 30 years have seen a revolution in DJ skills, transforming the once endangered turntable into a musical instrument and revered cultural icon. Originally an expression of hip-hop culture, turntablism has swept the globe and made inroads into jazz, art rock, metal, electronica, advertising, and even symphony hall. Approaching a vinyl platter and a mixer’s faders, pots and switches in the same way as one approaches piano keys or trumpet valves is a concept that can transform an audio engineer’s relationship to their tools. This tutorial will present attendees with a brief history of the origins of turntable technique (including short video performances by influential practitioners), an overview of the concepts and specific skills involved, and strategies for appropriating the aesthetics of turntablism into other areas of music production and engineering.
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