Following this idea that one could draft a taxonomy of DJing styles (identifying different needs in serveral axis (technical requimentns, gestures and musical actions, gear used, music notation, musical outcome, creative processes, and so on…) I give it a try. But because this matter only is important and deep enough to be the complete focus of one focus for several working months, this research is more of a draft/reflections on a possible taxonomy than a complete study.
For the study to be developed here, we’ll use a simple notation of conceptual mappings (with help of Cmap) to correlate verbs with the items defined on the DJ taxonomy. We pretend to analyse several DJing styles first and then merge the knowledge into a taxonomy, and discussing the results.
A note to the critical reader that I agreed that separation of DJing styles should at all times be avoided,but the fact is observing the full scale is much harder and there are areas with less musical outcome overlaping (a quick example is that club DJs rarely use any techniques that experimental turntablists often consider as common… exceptions exist, and once again I do not intend t perform musical genre isolation but rather simplify the problem with fragmentation).
Along the next posts we’ll present conceptual maps to several possible taxonomys of DJing styles.