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This Wednesday is CaveCast 006: A night of Turntablism

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CaveCast006: TurntablismThis Wednesday April 24th is the sixth edition of our popular CaveCast events, and this one is going to be a smash. Vincent Smaldone, aka DJ Image, will be here at the Art Alliance with our host Brian Cassidy to discuss the art and science of Turntablism.

If you already know what Turntablism is, you’ll know that DJ Image is a bit of a local legend. He scratches his way around the US from his base in Central PA, and has already told us he “can’t wait to come to the cave and talk turntable skills!”

If you’ve never heard of Turntablism, fear not. You’ve probably already heard examples, such as DJ Shadow and RJD2, on television or radio. The first popular release to use Turntablism techniques was Rockit by the eminent jazz composer Herbie Hancock.

So what is Turntablism exactly? It’s the impressive technique of using a record player as an instrument. Skilled DJs use turntables and vinyl to create brand new music. They scratch in time, mix, match, mash and juggle new beats, and really show off their talent by improvising live on stage. It takes acute rhythm and reflexes to pull off a great live set.

Philadelphia has played a key part in this art of DJing, so where better to learn about it than here at the Art Alliance, with local DJ Image to show us the beats?

For more information and to RSVP, click over to Facebook. We can’t wait to see you on Friday at 9pm.

Suggested donation is $5, BYO Records & Beer, and we’ll have drinks available from our sponsors Narragansett and Spodee.

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