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

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Chapter 2. The Evolution of DJing

After nearly a century of evolution, DJ culture has matured into an immensely diverse arena of autonomous breeds and performance methodologies. Despite years of change and adaptation, the primary defining characteristic of DJing has remained consistent: the unifying behavior of performing some type of audio to some form of audience.

Today, a sizable percentage of that audience can be found partying inside one of the world’s multitude of nightclubs. The DJ’s milieu, nightclubs are purpose-built environments where we bathe our ears in a special type of amplified sound—they’re not just dimly lit to make us look better (though it helps). One positive byproduct of a club’s poor visibility is our heightened sense of, ...

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