I didn't know a medieval instrument could sound so cool until I saw this video. French musician Guilhem Desq electrified his hurdy gurdy and connected it to a sampler to create these amazing sounds that seem to come straight out from Tom Morello's guitar. Go to the two minutes mark to see what I mean.
You're looking at Pioneer's new XDJ-1000 DJ deck. What's special about it? It's the first deck of its kinds to, err, not play CDs.
The boyscouts pretty much nailed it when they coined the motto "Be Prepared to DJ." And Swedish headphone manufacturer Urbanears wants to make that possible with Slussen, an audio jack splitter and app combo.
Unless you're incredibly organized, it's highly likely that you have different music tracks dotted around different devices, which can turn digital DJing from a celebration of music to a mess of jumbled cables quicker than you can shout "tune". Pioneer's new digital decks, however, swap wires for Wi-Fi.
When the MP3 revolution hit its stride, the coolest thing about it was how much control we were given over our music. Weightless files and tiny players let you carry your entire library around with you, all the time. Anything you wanted to listen to - so long as you had already hunted it down - was available…
You probably won't be in demand on the club scene, but you can save yourself the cost of a pair of 1200s with this DIY analog turntable made from discarded technology including a cooling fan and a cassette player.
Everyone has some dipshit friend who calls himself a DJ—and by DJ, he means guy who excitedly bounces around his laptop frantically shuffling through iTunes. But he's never dropped bombs like these deck-spinning cats. ERRAH ERRAH ERRAH *AIRHORN*
DJing on an iPad is an interesting, if gimmicky, concept. But unless you're just using an iPad as a MIDI controller, simultaneously outputting sound while cueing up the next track isn't possible. Except now it is.
There are already plenty of apps that mimic old-school turntablism, but Morpho DJ is an app that lets you mix tracks with your iPhone or iPod touch while keeping the analog turntables at your fingertips. Very cool.
Looking not entirely dissimilar from the Danish Aiaiai TMA-1 headphones I liked so much last year, these Nixon RPM headphones have 40mm drivers tuned for DJ use, along with articulated joints for twisting every-which-way.
I was pretty pumped about the prospect of multitouch music apps before the iPad's release, but iOS 3.x didn't give developers too many audio options to work with. iOS 4.2, however, will, so we're gonna get sweet stuff like this.
So you've got your decks, your MacBook and a few CDJs, but they're sat on a couple of beer crates—or a desk from IKEA, if you're lucky. $1,300 is a sound investment for your DJ skillz, surely?
For 99 notes, wannabe DJs can get a pair of point and looping controllers designed for use with laptops, CDJs, turntables and mixers. They glow bright red/green, look like dice (kind of) and roll dem phat beatz out. Or something.
Cut past the nerdy hipster schtick, and—if you're not trying to DIY—the technical orientation. Starting at 5:20, these guys bust a surprisingly palatable mashup of Prince, Vampire Weekend, G'N'R, Eurythmics and... I Dream of Jeannie.
Meet Rana Sobhany. She puts together some great beats using only two iPads and some apps. No laptop or synth needed—this gal's an iPad DJ.
So, sure, the iPad may just be an overgrown iPhone. But this teaser shot of Mixr, a fully-featured, multitouch DJ app, should give you a sense of just how awesome apps designed for an oversized iPhone can be.