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The Laptop DJ Handbook: Setups and Techniques of the Modern Performer by Jason Emsley

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Chapter 1. Redefining the DJ

Ask your friends, teachers, work colleagues, acquaintances, parents, musicians, the young, the old, or DJs themselves to define what it means to be a DJ. What is the answer?

Does DJing possess an unequivocal definition? Maybe. More importantly, does DJing need defining? Probably not.

What is the common thread? In its broadest sense, DJing is performing audio (music) to an audience of some form.

Part of what makes the art of DJing so difficult to pigeonhole is how often its methodologies shift. Historically, DJing has been a form of musical playback unilaterally instructed by the prerecorded output of musicians. Today, that old relationship is transformed. Unquestionably, the artist-as-DJ and DJ-as-artist paradigms have ...

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