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Discotheque Music and Technology
Thursday, January 17, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, January 31, 2019
Philip Tan, Research Scientist
Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Attendance: Repeating event, participants welcome at any session
The disk jockey – selector, crate digger, musical host, turntablist. This seminar looks at the evolution of music, technologies, and practices of the modern discotheque. Join us every Thursday afternoon for hip-shaking vibes and music in the Lewis Music Library!
Each session will start with an informal talk and discussion on developments in DJ craft and tools over 5 decades, followed by a listening session of a music genre that fueled those changes, inspired creativity, and reimagined the dance floor.
You are welcome to join us for any part of the seminar. Dancing is recommended but not required. Tracklists will be posted publicly at the end of the month.
About the speaker: Philip Tan is a research scientist in CMS/W who started the MIT Dance Mix Coalition in 1998. He organizes Local Beats, a quarterly all-ages inclusive community party, and brings a balearic blend of garage house, disco, electro, trance, and dub to parties around Cambridge and Somerville.
Jan 10: From vinyl to digital audio / Soul
Jan 17: Speakers and sound systems / Disco
Jan 24: Turntables and mixers / Hip-Hop
Jan 31: Computers and sampling / House & Techno
Sponsor(s): Libraries, Comparative Media Studies/Writing
Contact: Philip Tan, E15-320B, 617 324-9129, PHILIP@MIT.EDU