Out with James C
May 31, 2002
A group of international and highly experimental turntablists, the Turntable Hell crew took us all on a turntable odyssey as they scratched, smashed and lashed their equipment into a mad frenzy.
On arrival we could see they had created an awesome offensive against us as the stage was set with a multitude of wondrous and inventively upgraded turntables. Styluses had been stripped and in their place a multitude of bizarre everyday objects had been installed – springs, hammers and toys were firm favourites.
They began by combining their mixing efforts to create a somewhat odd yet peaceful sound, this however was destined to become more distorted and devilish. Each turntablist had their own camera footage being fed and then projected on to a huge white board, allowing us all to witness the true nature of how they manipulated sound.
The night was more than unusual, yet contained that all important quality of uniqueness, which kept one and all truly mesmerised (if a little deaf!).
The trance state induced by their music was widespread as all watched in freeze-frame silence, eyes glued to the impressive projections, only to burst into applause when their music ceased.
21 South St provided a fitting backdrop to this unconventional show with its large open-plan hall and theatrical lighting rig. It lent itself gallantly to enhancing the mood created by the turntablists. Turntable Hell should not be missed if you harbour a fondness for experimental music and sound. Check out www.cmntours.org.uk
for details of their UK tour.