Posts Tagged ‘experimental turntablism’

From the Archive: Experimental Turntablism

July 12, 2016

vinyl record stickers experimental tuntablism

I’m in the final stretch of a practice led PhD developing approaches to turntablist composition and performance. I’ve been reflecting on how my approach has developed over the years from experiments with junk shop records to becoming a vinyl mastering engineer and cutting my own records for use in composition and performance. I recently unearthed a live set which was broadcast on Demon FM in 2006 and I can hear quite clearly how my turntablist aesthetic has developed over time.

When this performance was recorded, I was experimenting with turntablist improvisation using two turntables with a Vestax PCM 05 Pro DJ mixer that had an inbuilt delay unit. (more…)

Ambient Electronica: James Kelly and Adam Weikert – Green Ep

January 31, 2016

green ep james kelly adam weikert


Green Ep is a studio collaboration which was recorded eight years ago with the composer and musician Adam Weikert. The tracks were entirely improvised combining sampled sounds on turntables with samples and keyboard playing on a laptop. The EP was released as a CDR in February 2008 and was sold and handed out at gigs around that time. (more…)

Noise Music: Dirty Electronics Ensemble with DJ Sniff

June 5, 2012

As part of MTI’s ongoing relationship with Steim, DJ Sniff visited De Montfort University to give lectures and curate a performance with the Dirty Electronics Ensemble. I performed a piece by DJ Sniff called Sssssssssss for four Turntablists. Each performer had a spoken word record and had to search for the S sounds on the vinyl. (more…)

Performance at Audio Graft Festival Oxford

January 26, 2011

I’m performing a remixed version of my album Transformation of the Mind at the Audio Graft Festival next month. I’ve cut the stems of my tracks to 5 vinyl records and will be performing a 3 deck mix of my tracks at Modern Art Oxford on Sat the 19th of Feb.

Ambient DJ Performance at the British Art Show 7 Launch

October 17, 2010

I will be performing my new album Transformation of the mind at the launch of the British Arts Show 7 in Nottingham on Friday the 22nd of October. The exhibition runs til the 9th of Jan at Nottingham Contemporary and the New Art Exchange.

The British Art Show is widely recognised as the most ambitious and influential exhibition of contemporary British art. It takes place every five years and tours to four different cities across the UK. Now in its seventh incarnation, the excibition opens in Nottingham and tours to the Hayward Gallery, followed by venues in Glasgow and Plymouth.


August 19, 2009

A few weeks ago we put on a mini Stench Festival, with 2 nights of electronic music at The Great Central Gallery, Leicester. The first night was curated by Bathysphere with peformances from Asmo, Neil Unreal, Sam Dodson and myself. The second night was hosted by PVC, with performances from BJ Cole VS Myoptik, Phaelah, Samual and the Dragons, Glatze and Wassim. With sound system prived by the Biscuit Tin Sound System. The gig was broadcast live on Ustream and the video above is from the first night, filmed by Jaqueline Cheval.

I’ve recently bought a Korg Zero4 DJ mixer and I’m using it with Ableton and Traktor Scratch Pro. I’ve been spending a lot of time composing and I use this gear and DJ techniques to realise my music in performance. This gig was my first opportunity to try it out in performance. Thanks to all the event organisers for a great weekend of gigs!

Stench 4

June 8, 2009

James Kelly at Stench 4

I had a great time at Stench on Friday, the night featured 3 AV performances from Modulate, Mick Grierson, a collaboration by myself and Cuttlefish and a DJ set by Burntprogress.


Janek Schaefer Performance, Leicester

February 13, 2009

I’m performing a new work in collaboration with Sean Clark on the 6th of March. We delve into abstraction with sound and light. (more…)

Collaboration with DJ Sniff and Dushume

November 14, 2008

In August I visited Steim in Amsterdam as part of my MA research and jammed with DJ Sniff and Amit Patel (Dushume). Steim are visiting De Montfort University next week and will be performing as part of the MTI concert series. There will be solo performances by DJ Sniff and Byungjun Kwon and an improvisation by Sniff, Amit and myself in the second half.

I’m looking forward to it!

Wednesday 19th November 2008
PACE Studio 1
Admission free

A short clip from our jam at Steim below…

steim jam

Sampling, live performance and turntablism

November 14, 2008


I gave a lecture to 2nd year MTI students yesterday, looking at where sampling in live performance and turntablism are at currently and tracing links back to early experimental composers such as John Cage and the birth of hip hop with Cool Herc and Grandmaster Flash. I have posted a page full of youtube videos and a bibliography from my turntablism research.