I totally agree with Donnacha here, I would hate to see producers being demoted to mere providers of loops and tools for dj's. It's definitely one of the things that are scary about the future. I've always seen dj-ing as playing musical pieces the way the producers wanted it to sound. Some edits can be made of course like the disco jocks did back in the day. But layering 5 loops of 5 different tracks just because you can sounds more like showcasing technology then playing records (vinyl or digital).cloutier wrote:http://www.bodytonicmusic.com/words/200 ... ostello-1/
donnacha puts it out there how it is...and, for the most part, i follow his stance. i'd like to see people quit being so microscopic and go back to letting records breath...which is why i've been playing less and less serato (though i'm moving to traktor scratch) and more and more vinyl again.
donnacha costello's article wrote: I headed down to see the last hour of Daniel Bell's DJ set. I wish I had arrived earlier as I haven't enjoyed a DJ set so much in many years. Dan was playing indescribably great house records and, for a little while, I danced like no-one was watching. It felt good.
Watching him play was an education, the set was all vinyl and executed respectfully and expertly. He simply chose a record, cued it, mixed with little fuss or fanfare, and continued in this way record after record. I say he played "respectfully" because he allowed each record to do its own thing before introducing the next with subtlety and again allowing it to do its own thing.
Great records in the hands of a great DJ can take on greater significance but I fear that this is becoming forgotten and the kind of skill exhibited By Dan that afternoon will one day be a lost art.
The effect of today's technical milieu and the ceaseless tech-evangelism of one or two of our most prominent DJs seems to be that younger DJs are being encouraged to use new tools to re-edit, loop, chop and combine music to conform to their own personal view of how music should be and to make it their own. (sic)
I'm wondering if technology will simply take over the dj-part entirely and phase out the "human dj". Ah well... che sara sara