Smith, Sophy


Compositional Strategies of the Hip-hop Turntablist

Organised Sound: Vol. 5, no. 2. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 75-79.


Language(s): English


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This article discusses the compositional strategies of turntablist DJs working within the hip-hop genre, focusing on processes developed by these musicians such as mixing, scratching and beat juggling, all of which are carried out on turntables. Since the development of the gramophone at the turn of the century, the turntable has become an instrument of creation as well as reproduction, resulting in the ground-breaking compositional strategies of hip-hop music. Hip-hop DJs create original music from a range of existing musical texts and in doing so, raise questions concerning originality and authorship as well as questioning the division between composer and performer.

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SMITH, Sophy (2007). The process of ‘collective creation' in the composition of UK hip-hop turntable team routines