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"The Philharmonic Turntable Orchestra" Recently Curated By Technics, Envisioned 22 Years Ago By Ensemble Participant DJ QBert

Posted by Billyjam, March 22, 2018 05:27pm | Post a Comment
The Philharmonic Turntable Orchestra feat. D-Styles, QBert, Kentaro, Rena, Mr.Switch, DJ Swamp, DJ Ken-one, Kireek (DJ Yasa/DJ Hi-C), Izoh, Generation, Bahn, Baku,  Bori, Bunta, Dom-Auto, Doon, Fummy, Hiroshi, Ina Takayuki, Jifrock, Miyajima, Reiko, Sarasa, Shota,To-Ru, Wa-ta, Yone, & You-ki


This week in Japan both classical music history and turntablist music history were made with turntable manufacturer Technics publishing the above Philharmonic Turntable Orchestra video clip of a truly landmark performance of the 31 DJ member ensemble of the "world’s first turntable orchestra.” Including such turntable talents as  D-Styles, DJ QBert, Kentaro DJ Swamp, and DJ Rena ( the 12 year old Japanese DJ who won the most recent 2017 DMC World Championship), the two-and-a-half dozen tuxedo-groomed DJ artists performed a sonically pleasing neu-classical skratch piece utliizing as their tools: mixers and Technics 1200's (no laptops) while reconstructing the sounds of eight different classical records that included the first ever 12" Long Playing (LP) vinyl record from 1948; Nathan Milstein and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra’s Mendelssohn Concerto in E Minor.

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MIRA COOK'S UNIQUE YET FAMILIAR WINNING SOUND

Posted by Billyjam, April 23, 2009 07:07am | Post a Comment
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Every once in a while an artist who is totally unique yet immediately relatable and instantly engaging comes along and wins you over; the sort of artist whose soothing, seductive sound, with soulful melodies & heartfelt harmonizing, creeps up on you and pulls you in from the first few bars. Bay Area one-woman band Mira Cook is this kind of artist. Tonight she shares a bill with Michael Hurley and Sean Smith at The Verde Club in San Francisco.

Mira Cook's lo-fi yet lush sound, while completely original and unique, will remind you of a myriad of other artists you might have heard before, from Meredith Monk to Liz Phair to the U.S. Girls to Laurie Anderson to DJ Radar. Radar the DJ? Yes, her similarity to the Arizona turntablist is based on her performance style of utilizing live loops to build upon her sound, the difference being that while Radar uses records as his sound source, Mira Cook uses her own voice. 

A classically trained ballet dancer with a respected career in dance, the Texas born, San Francisco based vocalist/multi-instrumentalist is also classically trained in piano and comes to the music she makes from a refreshingly different place than your typical "alternative" artist. I have seen Cook perform live twice recently and each time was completely blown away, first by the harmonic sound she creates with her voice -- pitch-perfectly layered to sound like a group of female vocalists heavenly harmonizing that at times conjures up the Gillian Welch, Alison Krauss & Emmylou Harris' collaboration on the O-Brother-Where-Art-Thou soundtrack -- and also by the fact that she does it all solo and live without missing a beat. Amazing!

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