Lots of legendary performances went down at the turntable.fm SXSW events on 3/10 and 3/15! Not only were the line-ups for the shows spectacular, which is reflected in the media below, there was even a performance by a turntable.fm user–Qbertplaya–who won the turntable.fm Intel DJ Battle, which is what landed her a spot in the show line-up.
The crowds were locked-in while performers used laptops, turntables and USB/MIDI pad controllers to mix and create music. USB pad controllers are pretty fun to watch musicians perform with (see the AraabMuzik vids below). Hearing the beat of a song you love as it’s deftly tapped-out and manipulated right in front of you by a musician is awesome. If you didn’t know, each pad on a USB pad controller can be assigned any sound you want: a snare, a bass drum, samples of a synthesizer melody you created, etc. Even though this method of performance by musicians has been going on for years now, its entertainment value hasn’t depreciated thanks to technology and gadget advancement.
Clearly even turntablism is still going strong, judging by A-Trak’s performance. Ah yes, and the wolf samples in “Big Bad Wolf.” All things wolf-related are cool when it comes to indie hip hop. Artist Machinedrum most probably started that trend.
Party-foul handled quite gentlemanly by ?uestlove as that beach ball hit his turntable. Ironic that one of the biggest names performing at the show would have that happen to him.
On another note, y’all, it’s always nice to see a marriage of technology and old practices. The turntable.fm parties and the events leading up to them are a great example of new meets old. Respect is definitely due to the minds behind turntable.fm and their unique approach to SXSW 2012! Turntable.fm lets people mix and listen to music with friends anywhere there’s an Internet connection, computer and speakers. If you haven’t already, check it out!
And three from the other SXSW Interactive event on 3/10 as well (featuring Flying Lotus and AraabMuzik)
All media courtesy of The Confluence.
Photo Credit: Galen Oakes
Pretty rad line-up turntable.fm and rcrdlbl are dropping at SXSW just one week from today! Details below on how to win a free pair of tickets to the first event!
To win a pair of tickets to see Flying Lotus on March 10 at SXSW, send an email to email@example.com
Saturday, March 10 – Interactive Event (8pm – 2am)
Venue: ND (501 North IH-35), Austin
Flying Lotus / Araabmuzik / Ki:Theory / American Royalty /
Brenton Duvall / Upper West
And here are more details for the event on 3/15/12:
Thursday, March 15 – Music Event (8pm – 2am)
Venue: 1100 E. 5th St, Austin
Diplo / A-Trak / ?uestlove / Araabmuzik /
Jimmy Stack / Nick Hook / The Jane Doze
To us, this is a good example of an artist (Flying Lotus, in this case) exercising restraint. The end result has brought vocalist Musinah to life with beats and that oh so lovely synth that comes in at 50 seconds.
Ah yes, another Flying Lotus remix. This time it’s of Mr. Oizo. Before we get to the track, here are three videos by Mr. Oizo that we like. All are good.
The first video features Stephane. Stephane is the successor to “Flat Eric,” who we see in the second and third clips.
Note that this clip is a Levi’s ad. That’s actually where we discovered Flat Eric (a Levi’s ad) and consequently, how we first heard Mr. Oizo’s music in 1999. Of course, we downloaded the ad from the Internet back then, as opposed to watching it on TV.
Anyway, enough videos, let’s get to the remix.
Mr. Oizo – “$tunt$ (Flying Lotus Remix):”
We decided to take a drive down to Compton, Los Angeles today to listen to the new car audio system. Tracks listened to included those of Flying Lotus and those we produced personally at Hollywood studios. If you’re wondering about the camera shakiness, that’s because the video was made using an iPhone 3g in a moving car. Do the math.
The Dour Festival is this crazy four-day festival in Belgium there’s a lot of music and no doubt lots of drugs and hippie behavior. The pictures and text in the F.A.Q. and Camping sections speak to the music and drugs aspect, among other things. The festival does, however, happen to attract lots of artists we like (shown in the video below).
Here are a handful of photos we found funny from the Dour site.
Dour Festival 2008:
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