If you want turntable art, this is it


When I was a kid, I was absolutely captivated by anything to do with spirals. I had a serious collection of Spirograph bits and bobs, but did feel limited by the order and rules laid down by the strict nature of geometry and mathematics. All the cool stuff had already been done by Hasbro and was included in the instructions anyway. But then I discovered Pendulart, which essentially blew my young mind by introducing chaos into an otherwise rigid art world. And it seems that this theory isn’t lost with turntables either, and Robert Howare’s adventures with wood, decks, and pens has been doing the rounds this week. Unlike yesterday’s utter carnage, this is the turntable art you were looking for.

I also found a similar video on Youtube that does much the same as the first, albeit in more detail. And as someone posited in the original Howare video, what would happen if the paper was on a turntable as well? A third variable could create some insane pictures, but I’m sure a rain forest of paper will be necessary to nail the very best results.

Anyway, back to the business of DJing — posting a review in a bit.

  • LLCoolJeans

    Dope. Had a class last semester called Drawing Machines where we built stuff like this.

  • gusset scratch

    there’s some cool mathematics underneath these two-variable cycles and simple ratios like 1:2, 1:3, 2:3 etc that also underpin musical harmonies and the platonic solids. it goes some way to demonstrating how human brains are tuned to recognising patterns and explaining why we find these phenomena agreeable, and vice versa why we find disharmony or overly complex ratios disagreeable.

    if anyone’s interested look up the harmonograph.

  • http://www.mobiledjforums.com/ GroovinDJ

    Just found this too: http://traubeck.com/years/

    A slice of tree trunk used as a disc, the rings read & translated into piano notes via a camera instead of a stylus.

    This too: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/02/submerged-turntable-by-evan-holm/

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  • DJ JFP

    Cool software, but there are still some things that don’t work right .. It would also be useful to have a mobile application I.e. For me, if I use traktor DJ

    • DJ JFP

      Sorry wrong thread <:

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