The aim of the annual symposium at SampleMusicFestival is to advance the art further as well as to theorize the subject. This idea is open to anyone interested and will promote a wide definition of DJing and sample music, involving not only audio but other media such as video. In this section, we present thesis, books, and compositions of people who are engaged in questions related to sampled based music. We would like to extend this overview in the future and we are thankful for any new info on interesting projects which we can present here.
Composer from the UK who wrote the orchestra piece "Concerto for Turntable" in which a turntablist plays as a soloist.
A scientist from New York who seeks for concepts of Live Coding & Animated Music Notation based on sample music.
A professional drummer who transferred teaching methods to finger drumming and developed a music notation for that art.
Female scientist from the UK who wrote a thesis on "Hip-Hop Turntablism, Creativity, and Collaboration"
He recorded with Raul Yanez the Concerto for Turntables album, fusing a symphony with a turntable as their chief instrument.
Master thesis on "Rhythmic arrangement from finger-tapping audio signals" which can transcend finger drumming.
Scientist from Sweden who wrote one of the first thesis on "The acoustics and performance of DJ scratching".
A composer who works in the field of sample-based music linked with concepts of contemporary multi media artforms.
Inventor of Syntablism - an artform which triggers modular synthesizer by means of turntablism playing techniques.
Award-winning music historian Mark Katz's groundbreaking book about the figure that defined hip-hop: the DJ.
Thesis on Turntablist Performance with the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy @ the University of Leeds.
Master thesis on "Institutionalization of Hip Hop DJ Education" @ the University of North Carolina.
Inventor of S-notation which was employed as theoretical framework for handmade sample-based music.
Brooklyn based multimedia artist who invented a grid notation called Turntable Transcription Methodology (TTM).
Helsinki based inventor of the Catalyst - a midi controller for turntablism which triggers VST applications in many ways.
Inventor of the fretless fader, which allows for a vertical axis of the crossfader to modulate different pitch scales.
Emmy award winner for composition and the only music professor who teaches turntablism at Berklee colleague.
Turntablism and finger drumming was not invented by academics. It was a process of decades of research by DJs and peoples who are driven by the love of making music and the seeking for something new- no matter which type of education they had. SampleMusicFestival would like to thank all the incredible artists and developers who have created the fundamentals of an academic approach which helps us to gain more knowledge.
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