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