By Amar Pandya. Turntablism. What is a Turntablism. Turntabilism is an art form using phonograph turntables to manipulate sounds to create music. This word was created in 1994 to characterize the difference between a DJ’s who just play records DJ’s that perform by utilizing the records.
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Turntabilism is an art form using phonograph turntables to manipulate sounds to create music.
This word was created in 1994 to characterize the difference between a DJ’s who just play records DJ’s that perform by utilizing the records
Although turntables were being used as musical instruments dating back to the 1930’s the modern art form was created back in the 1970’s with its roots stemming from hip hop culture.
This has led DJing using turntables to be considered on of the four pillars of hip hop culture.
The first phonograph (turntable) was created in the late 19th century by Thomas Edison.
He did this by carving grooves into a being of tinfoil and then using a stylus to trace over these grooves creating sounds.
The modern turntable was the dominant device to play recorded music until the 1980’s when the compact cassette emerged
The two modern turntable designs are a belt drive system that is less expensive then its counterpart the direct drive system.
The main component of turntablism is the mixer the tool that takes the sounds from the turntables and combines them to create a new sound
The major difference with DJ mixers is the ability to redirect an input source to headphones
Another unique factor is the cross fader which allows easy transitions between two sources
Turntabilsm has evolved from its early roots in old school hip hop to dominating the music scene through its influence in rap and pop music
This art form has become the most popular source of entertainment in clubs and has expanded into new genre’s all over the world
The future of turntablism is limitless because its only limitations are people imaginations.