Concert Review: Turntable Music Night 5

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

This night brings back the immortal technique, references to the ghettos that spawned it obliterated.  Experimentalism in its place, we were prepped for a night of decks and scratch, microphones exchanged for styluses.

Stigingeoy w/ PussyKrew
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Armed with 3 turntables and an assortment of guitar effect pedals, Stigingeoy with PussyKrew on visuals commence the night with their brand of entertainment consisting of dark drones coupled with a deep bass driven sojourn accompanied by aspect ratio warped visuals of a random shushi bar distorted by Stigingeoy’s noise beyond recognition.  The bleek soundscapes accentuated by digitally decomposing visuals, this duo bring us through the aurora of digital clipping mixed in with synthetic soundscapes accentuated by choir samples leading audiences to the climax of bit crushed static drones over big wave frequency sweeps going hand in hand with PussyKrew’s extreme close-ups of a brewing tsunami.

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Photo: Turntable Night

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Stigingeoy & PussyKrew:

Nerding out on equipment:




Video: Turntable Video Night

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008




Photo: Turntablism music night 5

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Photos by Frank Baldé




Video: Kjetil Falkenberg Hansen on sad scratching

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008


Kjetil Falkenberg Hansen on sad scratching from STEIM Amsterdam.




Photo: Kjetil on Scratching

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008



Kjetil Falkenberg Hansen - The techniques of scratching

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Kjetil comes from the KTH Computer Science and Communication where he is a PhD researcher. He burns for scratching and loves the sound but after practicing for an hour he decided that he was no longer interested in learning to scratch. His interests are in scratch analysis and interface design. He shows us a fascinating video of his own practice which centres on the designing interfaces for new scratch style music.

Kjetil outlined the mix of old and new technology that makes up turntablism. He claims that hip-hop has demanded a new form of instrument that is now concerned not just with rhythm but also melody. On the topic of the turntable metaphor, differing from Taku he does not believe in the rotating disc metaphor for media playback. He believes that scratching has reached a turning point in popularity after its high in the 90s.

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Session 4: Turntable music

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

The 4th session on turntable music started with Taku himself talking about the history of turntablism and his own work.

Taku explained his talk was based on his 2006 paper on this topic, he started by attempting to define turntablism; “a musical practice of using the turntable as a instrument for the skillful playback of media”. Next the history was covered, the emphasis on virtuosity and the strong community. He covered the history of the technology as well, from early recording devices to modern turntables aimed specifically at this type of performance. Not only do we now have these specialized hi-tech turntables, there is also a large range of digital playback devices that are inspired by the possibilities of turntables or tries to emulate them, for example for the playback of CD’s or the controlling of computers.

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Video: dj sniff set up and demo

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008


Takuro Mizuta Lippit (STEIM) - dj sniff setup and demo from STEIM Amsterdam.




dj sniff on Turntablism

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Definition of turntable music:

  1. instrumental use of turntable and mixer
  2. rotating device to playback prerecorded sounds

History of the turntable:

  • Phonoautograph 1857 ment for recording- mimiking the human ear
  • Edison 1877 phonograph still on wax cilinder - recording & playback
  • Berliner Gramophone 1892 no wax, just playback
  • Califone Portable Record Player 1950 build-in amp
  • Technics Direct Drive Turntables 1970

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