The Actions that Make a Musical Instrument. Exploring Club-DJing as an Instrumental

Alexander Förstel, Sarah-Indriyati Hardjowirogo, Hauke Egermann

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In this study we introduce an action-based concept of instru- mentality derived from DJ techniques used in hip-hop and apply it to DJ performances in the club context.We conducted a video content analysis of recordings of 8 professional Techno/House DJs and investigated the occurrence of instrumental and non-instrumental action strategies dur- ing their performances. The results show that instrumental techniques are relatively rare in the club context -- only 2 DJs show a clearly instru- mental use of their equipment during stretches of their performance.We therefore conclude that the concept of instrumentality does not suit the particular demands and goals of a Club DJ and suggest further research to find better concepts. Keywords:
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research (CMMR) Music, Mind, and Embodiment
EditorsRichard Kronland-Martinet, Mitsuko Aramaki, Sølvi Ystad, Joel Eaton
Place of PublicationMarseille, France
PublisherThe Laboratory of Mechanics and Acoustics
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9782909669243
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NamePublications of the LMA
PublisherLaboratory of Mechanics and Acoustics
ISSN (Print)1159-0947


  • club,djing,instrument,instrumentality,performance,prac-

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