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The Philharmonic Turntable Orchestra | © Technics
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In Tokyo, DJs Have Created the World's First Philharmonic Turntable Orchestra

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Tech & Entrepreneurship Editor
Updated: 3 April 2018
Thirty DJs from around the world have gathered in a small studio in Tokyo to scratch and splice records to create ‘the world’s first philharmonic turntable orchestra’.

Dressed in tailcoats, the artists remixed tracks including violinist Nathan Milstein and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra’s rendition of Mendelssohn Concerto in E Minor – the first 12″ LP ever issued, back in 1948 – to create an original, orchestral track.

The ‘Turntable Orchestra’ included renowned names including DJ Rena, the reigning Japanese world champion who took the ‘DMC World Championship‘ title in 2017, and DJ Kentaro, who became the first Asian world champion in 2002.

The DJs remixed the records into modern magic using mixers and the Technics SL-1200 series turntable, the hi-fi audio brand Technics’s newly revived legendary analog player.

“It’s a musical instrument, but you can do things musicians can’t,” said turntable artists in a a ‘Behind the Beats’ video released by Technics. “[You can] make music, you can produce music…It’s a tribute to the past, that lets you create something new.”

The brand unveiled The Philharmonic Turntable Orchestra on March 20, the day on which LP records were first born in Japan.

Technics SL-1200 Series Turntable | © Technics

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