Modding DJ gear is nothing new. But modding objects to become DJ gear is a long way from common. Controllerists are quite adept at breaking out the hacksaw and soldering iron to make something new, but I think that this is the first time I’ve seen someone modify (or if that midify) a bike into a controller. Behold the Turntable Rider.
Your eyes do not deceive you, it’s basically a BMX bike with assorted Bluetooth equipped additions all firing MIDI commands at Traktor Scratch Pro, all with somewhat chaotic results.
I find myself split between 2 polar opposite opinions. The realist voice in me thinks that this is utter tosh that has no practical use, cannot possibly really be called DJing or music making, and is best tagged as novelty at best.
But then the creative in me salutes, tips his cap and raises a glass to the crazy ones who dare to dream and make stupid shit real. It’s people like these who push boundaries, envelopes and lines to make crazy ideas practical and workable. Granted, there will be a trail of MIDI enabled debris, but at some point, a stroke of genius will happen.
It goes without saying that the video editing does tidy up the performance somewhat. And even then, it’s probably still a little noisy for some. But it’s a start. I know for a fact that my knees wouldn’t take having to learn how to do this, nor I have I got the time to learn how to be a BMX bandit. Skateboarding is (or was) my thing. Can’t see that easily translating to DJing. That said, I have a Tony Hawk Skate PS3 controller upstairs gathering dust that could be hacked.
To wheel out an often used and mostly inaccurate maxim – you’ll never see that in a booth. And this is largely true, if only because of the sheer lack of space and headroom. Perhaps instead, we’ll see the floor clear and see the DJ (or should that be BJ for Bike Jockey?) do a short freestyle skit as a supplement. DJs aren’t just jukeboxes, but are performers too. But that is a whole different subject getting written up for another day.