Posts Tagged ‘Turntablism’

Experimental Turntablism at Crackle, University of Leeds

August 24, 2017

vinyl crackle experimental turntablism nik nak james kelly

I will be performing at the Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, University of Leeds on the 5th of November 2017. I’d like to thank DJ NikNak for the invitation to perform. Details below.. (more…)


Turntable Music Symposium 23rd January 2017, University of Northampton

January 17, 2017


I’m organising a symposium on Turntable music at The University of Northampton as part of Subject Futures Week. The talks will present unique approaches to music performance and composition using turntables, including the styles of hip hop, minimalism and experimental music.

Our first guest of the day is  Dr Sophy Smith, Reader in Creative Technologies at De Montfort University. Smith will discuss research from her book Hip Hop Turntablism, Creativity and Collaboration, with a particular focus on compositional techniques employed by turntable teams such as the Scratch Perverts. Smith describes the scratch techniques employed by hip-hop DJ’s as the groundbreaking compositional strategies of hip-hop turntablism with incorporates sound manipulation and ‘flexible compositional processes’.


Our second guest is composer Shiva Fashreki who’s work explores concert music for turntables. Fashreki’s recent concerts include a live session for BBC Radio 3 at St John’s in Hackney, as well as the realisation of Daphne Oram’s work ‘Still Point’ for Double Orchestra, 78rpm vinyl discs and microphones at the Southbank Centre, London. Discussing her work with Turntables, Fashreki states:

“My turntabling practise can be described as a manipulation of pre-recorded sound to create new gestural movements and textures not always apparent in the record being manipulated. I often modify and prepare the turntables using sculptures that use the electricity, magnetism and circulation of the turntables to create sound and shapes.”


I will be presenting my PhD research which explores the use of a vinyl disc cutting lathe as a compositional tool for the creation of new music. My talk will discuss recent experiments cutting locked groove records to create minimalist music. In the evening I will present a performance – exhibition creating a turntablist remix of the records accompanied by live video feeds of the records.

Both the talks and concert are free.


Date: Monday 23rd January 2017

Venue: University of Northampton Avenue Campus, MY89

10am Sophy Smith
Hip Hop Turntablism, Creativity and Collaboration

11am James Kelly
Vinyl Minimalism

1pm Shiva Fashreki
Daphne Oram’s Still Point and Concert Music for Turntables

7pm Jim Frize and James Kelly Concert
Isham Dark, Avenue Campus (more…)

James Kelly Experimental Turntablism Interview with Eleven Magazine

November 15, 2016


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…)

Record Cutting Guest Lecture at Goldsmiths University, London 2016

October 12, 2016


I was recently invited to give a guest lecture at Goldsmiths University, London discussing my experiments with record cutting. It was great to share my work and chat to postgraduate students after the event. Thanks to Lisa Busby for inviting me!! (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.

Biscuit Tin Sound System Presents: I-Mitri Meets Pure Phase

January 26, 2011

We’re putting on a gig in Leicester on the 11th of Feb at Rockafellars. Looking forward to it!
Biscuit Tin Sound System Presents
UK Dub and Dubstep

(Counteraction, United Nations of Dub)

Pure Phase
(Full Melt/Cymbalism/Dirty Circuit Records/Filthy Digital Recordings)

Fri 11th Feb
(3 doors down from Mosh nightclub – 29 St Nicholas Place, High Street, Leicester, LE1 4LD)

£3 B4 Midnight more after

Dubstep performance with turntablism and controllerism

November 21, 2010

This video is of a recent Pure Phase live jam. The performance set up is based around a turntable and DJ mixer, but the audio is powered by one Mac Book Pro running Ableton Live, Reaktor 5 and Traktor Scratch Pro, using a Korg Zero4 as audio interface, mixer and Midi controller along with Novation’s Dicer for added control of  Traktor.


Pure Phase Live Dubstep

October 14, 2010

The Pure Phase live dubstep performance is coming along nicely. After many hours fighting to get our laptops to sync together, we decided to try both using the same laptop. We’re running Traktor Scratch Pro and Ableton live with bespoke Reaktor patches, using my midi enabled Korg Zero 4 DJ mixer to control Ableton and Reaktor. (more…)

Circuit Bending meets Turntablism at the Bathysphere Studio

May 9, 2009

I’ve been back at the Bathysphere studio with Asmo this week, working on the finishing touches to the track “The devils in the detail”. Its a duet of scratching meets circuit bent noise. (more…)

Pure Phase Live Set and Scratch Record

January 9, 2009

This week, me and Spencer have been working on our Pure Phase live set. I’ve been making a scratch record, sampling records and processing them. I’m using Serato Scratch Live to test out the samples and see where I want them on the record. Once they’re in place, I will get them cut onto a one off vinyl record.

Upcomming Gigs

09/01/09          Kontakt Live @ Sophbeck, Leicester
30/01/09          Supporting Stenchman, Liverpool
06/02/09         Rubberdub @ Blueprint, Nottingham
03/04/09         Kontakt @ Sophbeck, Leicester

More Pure Phase on this blog.

Pure Phase Dubstep Mix for 8755

Iration Steppas Play Pure Phase Ft I-Mitri One Away Counteraction Dubplate

Pure Phase at the United Nations of Dub weekender 2013

Biscuit Tin Sound System Presents I-mitri meets Pure Phase

Pure Phase Live Dubstep set developments

Pure Phase Live setup

Pure Phase DJ Sets 2009

Pure Phase at Rubberdub, Nottingham Feb 09

Pure Phase Live Dubstep at the Roadmender Northampton 2008