Posts Tagged ‘experimental turntablism’

Turntablist Performance at Sue Townsend Theatre, Leicester March 2017.

August 4, 2017

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I performed the piece Vinyl Minimalism at the Sue Townsend Theatre, which was a great venue for the work. The Audio-visual piece is a collaboration with The Lab Visuals and the music is created by live manipulation of records which have been cut using a variety of experimental disc cutting techniques. The event was generously supported by Leicester College, De Montfort University and the Biscuit Tin Sound System.

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Experimental Turntablism on Tour. James Kelly + Robert Curgenven

February 24, 2017

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I’m organising a three day tour with the composer and sound artist Robert Curgenven. Robert will be presenting his audio visual work Speculative Pataphysics created using three turntables, custom-made oscillators, 1930s acetates and custom-cut dubplates. I will be presenting an AV piece called Vinyl Minimalism in collaboration with The Lab Visuals. The concerts will be the final performances before the submission of my PhD which is focused on the creative application of a disc cutting lathe. I have been collaborating with the cellist Audrey Riley  and have cut records with Audrey’s improvisations using a variety of disc cutting techniques. The records will be remixed in performance using turntablist techniques.

Robert and I will be presenting two concerts in Leicester and Milton Keynes, with a workshop at Goldsmiths University, London. The concert at the Sue Townsend Theatre, Leicester is being generously supported by the music program at Leicester College and the Music Technology and Innovation Research Centre at De Montfort University, Leicester. The second concert is with the the guitarist Norberto Lobo at the MK Gallery Milton Keynes and we finish the tour with a workshop discussing how we use vinyl as part of our compositional process and in performance.

Tour Schedule

Wednesday 15th March
Sue Townsend Theatre, Leicester
7.30pm Free Entry. Reserve tickets

Thursday 16th March
MK Gallery, Milton Keynes with Norberto Lobo
7.30pm £7 on door. Further info

Friday 17th March
Workshop at the University of Goldsmiths, London (more…)

Archive: James Kelly and Adam Weikert + Turntablist Philip Jeck at Summer Sundae 2008

January 24, 2017

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I worked in an ambient electronic duo with Adam Weikert between 2007 and 2008. We recorded three studio improvisations which were released on CDR and performed a handful of concerts in Leicester and Coventry. In 2008, we performed on the Bathysphere stage at Leicester’s Summer Sundae festival alongside turntablist Philip Jeck. I think of this as my crate digger phase where I was remixing obscure records found in charity shops.

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James Kelly Experimental Turntablism Interview with Eleven Magazine

November 15, 2016

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Earlier this year I was interviewed by Northampton music magazine Eleven. In the interview I discussed my exhibition at the Avenue Gallery, University of Northampton which presented my experiments with using vinyl record cutting as part of the compositional process. Eleven started by asking about my experience as a turntablist, starting in Hip Hop and later getting into ambient music and dub. I discussed learning to cut vinyl records and why the medium interests me. Click this link to read the interview in Eleven. (more…)

James Kelly Performance at MK Gallery

November 1, 2016

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I will be performing at the MK Gallery, Milton Keynes on the 24th of November 2016. Performance details below:

As a turntablist for the last 15 years, James Kelly’s music explores the remixing of vinyl using DJ scratch techniques for the creation of new music. The project presented at MK Gallery takes his compositional approach in new directions by utilising a disc cutting lathe – a machine which is traditionally used in the manufacture of records. The mechanism and limitations of the lathe itself are used as an artistic tool to shape the music. The performance is created using four turntables to mix music which Kelly has cut to vinyl using a range of experimental disc cutting technique that alter the timbre of sound recordings.

Further info at MK Gallery Events Page.

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From the Archive: Experimental Turntablism

July 12, 2016

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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

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Green Ep is a studio collaboration which was recorded in 2008 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.