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my grand theory about DJing and post-modernism (RA)

my grand theory about DJing and post-modernism (RA)

“The art of disruption: How CDJs are changing DJing” (Resident Advisor)

What exactly a DJ does behind the decks is a persistent subject of scrutiny and debate, both in the media and the smoky confines of nightclubs. Recently, it's become hard to escape the notion that digital music players like laptops and CDJs are behind a new generation of lazy DJs who "just press play." Haters cite the notorious sync button, which instantly beat-matches two tracks together, as a prime example of how technology has automated skills that DJs once spent years refining. The stigma endures among seasoned heads, who mutter "real DJs play vinyl" while dusting off their record collections. 

The widespread idea that digital culture is watering down the art of DJing is a damaging, regressive misconception. Of course, certain technical aspects have gotten easier, but that's not the point. Rather than using new technologies like beat-matching to cut corners, today's forward-thinking DJs, often working outside the strict 4/4 confines of house and techno, are treating CDJs as musical instruments, exploring their artistic possibilities in exciting, uncharted ways. Here, we take a closer look at this latest evolution in DJ culture, how it is a response to the old turntable canon, and the crucial socio-political conditions that it sprang from…

SOPHIE on gender, artifice, and honesty (Teen Vogue)

SOPHIE on gender, artifice, and honesty (Teen Vogue)

I discovered Moodymann's Prince palace in Detroit

I discovered Moodymann's Prince palace in Detroit