A Unique Twist On Traditional Dj'ing/turntablism



I’ve bought a small reel-to-reel tape recorder… figured I’d get good physical control. It didn’t even cross my mind to use a cassette deck. Way cool!

neat i guess, the scratching sounds surprisingly good. but he should modify his boomboxes to give alternating levels of power to the reels, as a makeshift pitch control. then he could beatmatch them :)

Very cool. I agree with the pitch shift control. I’m sure i’ve seen it done somewhere online before.

i think its silly. someone here in town does that. i think he calls himself dj tape. tapes are the stupidest creation in the history of the solar system unless you’re an 8 yr old in 1990 wearing hammer pants.

That was quality.

This is really cool! I never would have thought of doing this.

this is pretty cool, unique, alternative, individual and all that shizznet - sure thing…
but what’s the advantage over conventional turntables? (besides the fact that tapes sound like crap compared to vinyl with some good pickup)

Probably zero :)

I just thought it was a cool example of someone who didn’t have much money while growing up (as he says in interviews), so he was forced to experiment and make use of anything he could find in order to release his creative urges. Sure, now it’s just a novelty to us and many people will think it’s just a gimmick, but I can identify with it. I myself experimented with old tape decks/boomboxes and other crap I could find laying around my house as a kid… taking them apart, making them do weird things, f*cking with the tape heads on one deck to make warped sounds while recording them to another deck, creating my own weird radio shows and mixtapes, etc, etc. We’re quite spoiled these days by awesome, powerful software like Renoise and VST plug-ins, not to mention powerful new (and relatively cheap) hardware which can manipulate sound in incredible ways, etc. So, for me, this was a nice flash back to the past… to a simpler, fun time of just experimenting with noises, and really taking a hands-on approach.

I thought it was nifty :)