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Off the record: turntable and controllerism in the 21st century (Part 2)

In part two of this conversation concerning the role of technology in DJ performance and electroniculture, scholars and DJs tobias c. van Veen and Bernardo Alexander Attias explore theways in which various technologies change the means as well as the context of DJ performance. By focusing on questions of tactility and technique, van Veen and Attias question how the automation of technological interfaces constructs not only cultural values but phenomenological limits concerning "authentic" performance. Is risk inherent to the performance of an instrument? What constitutes risk—and an instrument—in an era of automated beatmatching and increased visualization of an aural art? To what degree is controllerism—and the advent of digital DJing—more akin to videogaming than the technics of turntablism?

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