A Wake Up Call For All You Vinyl Snobs

Note: This is not an attack towards vinyl or CDJ users. I am not arguing that digital is better than either. This is for those of you who believe you are above digital DJs because you use vinyl, that a SYNC button is cheating, and that using software is killing the art form.

In 1913, Luigi Russolo wrote a manifesto called L’Arte dei Rumori (The Art of Noises). In this, he developed the fundamental theories of early electronic music: “the musical evolution is paralleled by the multiplication of machines.” From early futurist music to musique concrète to stochastic music to current EDM, all has been dependent upon the advancement of technologies. From the Theremin to the Ondes Martenot to the Minimoog, all have allowed for new sounds and the emergence of new genres.

Without advancements in music, DJing would have never been possible: it is also dependent upon technological advances.

Like with any other art form, advancement is inevitable. Society needs “new”. Look at modern art for example. Sure, you can look at Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain or Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans, and say “anyone can do that.” This may be true, but that’s not the point (not going to get into the discussion of “what is art”). But does Duchamp’s or Warhol’s “lack of technique” discredit their art?  No. It’s not just about technique.

I’m not trying to portray vinyl DJs as classicists and digital DJs as modernists, but attempting to show that it is not the “amount of difficulty or effort” that measures the quality of art. The same goes with DJing.

Yes, the SYNC button has replaced years of practice and fine-tuned listening to the simple action of pushing a single button. And while it may be frustrating for those of you who had to learn the “real” way to see kids obtaining the same results in a matter of hours, this is the way technology works – in nearly every single aspect of our lives.  Ideological conservatism in any realm (here: those who say “vinyl is the best and only real way”) gets us nowhere.

Technological advancements are inevitable. The creation and renewal of electronic music depends on it, as does DJing. Why attempt to work on a stagnating art form?

Some people are absolutely amazing out there on turntables. And if they choose to only use vinyl, that’s fine, that’s their personal choice. But when a vinyl DJ dismisses a software user as a cheater, it’s not only infuriating, but it’s completely wrong. If you decide that certain technologies are not for you, that’s fine, but it’s not your place to decide for others.

More Techno For Your Soul

I’ve been really getting into Roland M. Dill lately. Here’s some great originals and remixes, as well as some other stuff:
Roland M. Dill – Low Go (Secret Cinema “Dusk Till Dawn” Remix)
Roland M. Dill – Retroencabulator
Super Flu – Sunset Handjob (Roland M. Dill Remix)
Minilogue – Space (Roland M. Dill Remix)
Citizen Kain – Joker of the Queen
Citizen Kain – Borderline
Adam Beyer – Dactyl
Tiga – Overtime (Beyer & Dahlback Dub Mix)

Preview Max Cooper’s Remix of Portishead’s “Roads”

I’m a huge Portishead fan, and absolutely love “Roads”. When I first heard news that Max Cooper was doing a remix of it, I couldn’t think of a better person for the job. I’ve been waiting in anticipation for a few weeks, and finally we’re getting to hear something!

It’s a 4 minute clip. And damn is it sounding amazing.

New EPs From Roland M. Dill & Mason Bach

Roland M. Dill has released a 3 track EP titled “Baked Potato” [techno]. Check it out, as it’s sounding really good:
Baked Potato
Hash Browns
Bubble and Squeak

Mason Bach has released his first EP, Patience [minimal]. Sounding really promising.
From Dark Places

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