Turntablism: The Evolution of the record player from a device for playing Music into an instrument

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Turntablism: The Evolution of the record player from a device for playing Music into an instrument


Turntablism: the evolution of the record player from a device for playing music into an instrument.

The humble turntable has put music in a spin over the last 50 years, giving rise to a whole new genre of sound, artistic skill and culture.

With creating original music using records, turntables and microphones from the early 1970’s onward, Hip-Hop pioneers and visionaries developed many of the turntable manipulation techniques that are still central to Turntablism today.

The best-known examples of Turntablism sit within Hip-Hop mostly as Turntablism is one of the 5 elements of Hip-Hop culture.

The 5 Elements of Hip-Hop:

DJ’ing
Abbreviation for disc jockey, A person who mixes recorded music. Considered as an art form (turntablism). Techniques include scratching, flare, chirp, orbit and scribble.
MC’ing
Short for Master of Ceremonies. Commonly used in the rap scene, MC’s are broken down into the following categories:
The Conscious Rapper / The Gangsta Rapper / The Battle Rapper / The Entertainer


Bboy’ing
Commonly known as breakdancing, a style of street dance.
Graffiti
Includes tagging.
Dictionary definition: writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place.

Knowledge
An element made by Afrika Bambaataa and the Universal Zulu Nation. Provides the context that holds the elements of hip hop together. It also explains the differences between hip hip culture and mainstream culture. Many regard KRS-One as the “true teacher” of Hip-Hop culture.


Recommended Turntablism & Scratch Culture Resources

Scratch the documentary cover legends From the South of Bronx in the 1970’s to now, explore the world’s most recognized and best Scratchers, diggers, Party-rockers, and Producers. A great documentary film to learn more about the “Vinyl” history, culture of the DJ and the evolution of Turntablism.


What are your thoughts on the art of Turntablism?
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