Thump In The Morning

Thump In The Morning

Thump In The Morning

The evolution of how you hear music has been fun to watch over the years.  From vinyl, reel-to-reels, 8-tracks, cassette tapes, CDs to MP3s, CDs are celebrating it’s 40th birthday. That’s right!

40 years since the 1st CD was created.  The very first CD was produced at a German factory in August of 1982. I think I bought my 1st CD in 1983. It was “Candy Girl” by New Edition. other cd’s I remember buying during that time was  Zapp and Roger “Zapp III,” Debarge “In A Special Way, and Too $hort “Don’t Stop Rappin,” At that time, I remember having to sneak and listen to Too $hort due to explicit lyrics, my mom wasn’t having it!

The first commercially produced CD player was the Sony CDP-101.  In 1982, it cost about $1,000, although some deluxe players went for more than $1,500.  By the mid-’80s, the average player sold for $300 to $600. The first CDs cost more than $20 a piece. By the mid ’80s, they settled into a range of $11 to $15.  Although, that was around $30 in today’s money.

By 1985, three years after the CD’s debut, there were about 2,600 CD titles available, which is a lot.  But by comparison, around 50,000 titles were being printed on vinyl at that time. I guess they would have to print more vinyl because DJ’s would have to buy two records so we could mix them. we called them doubles.

Popular Disc Jockey’s (DJ’s) like Los Angeles legend The Infamous DJ Remix had collected over 100 crates of records. I personally have collected about 70 crates of records. Unfortunately DJ’s had to carry crates to parties. Back then DJs didn’t have hard drives to store music or laptops that would show the wave of a song or the BPM (beats per  minute).

DJ’s would have to know the music in order for the songs to match properly when blending or transitioning to the next song.  The turntable has put music in a spin over the last 50 years  giving rise to a whole new genre of sound, artistic skill and culture.

The turntable have  been used as a musical instrument since the 1940s and 1950s when experimental composers began sampling and creating music entirely produced by the turntable.

However, it wasn’t until the 1990s that the term ‘turntablism’ was coined. This definition marked a significant transformation in the role of the disk jockey (DJ), which had been evolving since the 1970s. Traditionally the role of the DJ was to play records on the turntable, mixing in one track after the other

. The emergence of a new music genre, hip hop, produced DJs who were significantly more skilled. These DJs  or turntablists, as they came to be known ,were performers and musical artists in their own right who moved records whilst playing on the turntable to manipulate the sound and create original compositions.


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