The turntable is more than just a hi-fi music player for the home. To the DJ, it’s also a creative tool for remixing music in real-time. The turntable gave birth to a culture of disc jockeys and is an important element of hip-hop; it also plays a role, quite literally, in the evolution of electronic music.
The turntable rig, May 2011: Two Technics 1200s and a RANE TTM-54 mixer sit atop a repurposed speaker box.
Turntables have had many nicknames given to them by DJs including 1200s, the 1s and 2s, and T-turns among others. The famous 1981 DJ set, The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels Of Steel, highlights the significance of turntables in DJing and hip-hop. Flash’s work is considered to be an early example of Turntablism, the use of turntables as an instrument.