Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Clips of the Week May 11: The Art of Turntablism

On the front page of this week's Coast Report, we have a profile of DJ Mr. Smith, a 19-year-old student at OCC, who was fed up with what local DJs were playing.

Even the current trends in electronic music are stale, but here are some clips of two of the greatest and most influential turntablists ever.

Chinese-Canadian, Eric San, better known as Kid Koala, has worked with the likes of Gorillaz and Deltron 3030. In the art of turntablism, there are so many techniques and nuances, that the genre can sometimes be hard to appreciate to the casual music fan. That is what makes Koala special - his ability to bring in the entertainment value (check out 2000's Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)

Watch him scratch out a trumpet solo with his scratching techniques above.

There is no turntablist album more important than DJ Shadow's Entroducing.... Using cut and paste techniques, Josh Davis, who was raised in suburban California, pieced together samples, and pulled from lost and forgotten vinyl, creating a dreamy haze that not only serves as a history lesson, but an innovation for popular music.

This is a live performance of one of his more popular tracks, "Organ Donor."

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