It’s pretty rare that i get booked for a straight up turntablist showcase (most gigs are DJ or AV sets). However lastnight i did just that over at the I Love HipHop Festival in The Hague.
I decided to record my performance, I hope you enjoy this as much as i enjoyed doing it! :)
Quick freestyle with some samples from the track ‘Hold It’ by The Allergies…
Quick routine using a Detroit Spinners 45.
An idea to incorporating needle drops into my record movement.
One thing i’ve always been interested in developing is the melodic use of the turntable, this was advanced by the release of the Vestax PDX 2000 turntable in 2001 with it’s increased pitch range and higher torque. I soon discovered that with the PDX it was possible rotate the tone arm a full 360 degrees so i started experimenting with using 2 tone arms on the platter of one turntable. This mainly interested me because it enabled be to control 2 sets of sounds via one turntable platter.
In 2003 i was fortunate enough to get involved in the development of the Controller One turntable.
This revolutionised what was possible in terms of musically accurate pitch manipulation. However one thing that somewhat frustrated me was the fact that the turntable was still essentially a monophonic instrument, controlling 1 sound or voice at a time.
I recently figured out a way utilising Serato DJ and the Rane Sixty Four mixer to controller up to 4 independent sound sources or voices using one turntable allowing me to play and manipulate true chords and create independent melodies from 1 turntable platter (unlike the soon to be released STEMS format.) I’ve since been informed that this is similar to Traktors ‘remix decks’. Not being a traktor user i was unaware however this Serato hack is massively exciting for me and opens up whole new creative door. I’m still learning and discovering the new skill set required for ‘polyphonic scratching’, needless to say this video is just a starting point.
I decided to cut up this stone cold classic from Cheryl Lynn!