In this episode, we cover golden-era dubstep, Arcadia's outlandish festival design and using turntables for sound art.
This month's show kicks off with Pinch telling the story behind an essential track of dubstep's first wave, "Qawwali" [01.49].
Carlos Hawthorn dons a blindfold and takes a ride to the secret headquarters of Arcadia Spectacular. The performance art collective cooks up breathtaking designs for festivals like Glastonbury and Ultra. Their most famous construction is probably the Spider, a 50 tonne arachnid built from scrap metal and armed with an arsenal of lasers, cannons and a huge Funktion-One soundsystem [08.35].
While you may be familiar with DJ tricks like beat juggling and flaring, abstract turntablism is another beast altogether. Double-headed needles, placing objects on the vinyl and hitting the turntable itself are just some of the techniques involved in using the turntable as a tool to make sound art. Max Pearl looks into the esoteric practice with one of its finest modern exponents, Maria Chavez [30.08].
Martha Pazienti Caidan