Vinyl+ Gives You One More Reason To Be a DJ

Ty Dunitz August 25 Design

Man, there is just some really neat tech flying around today. Seriously, it’s a Wednesday to remember. Not many Wednesdays are worth remembering, so be thankful.

Yeah, so the whole ‘throwing a projector onto a surface to interact with a physical object’ card has been totally played, but I’ve never seen it as mesmerizing as this. Dubbed ‘vinyl+’, artist Jonas Bohatsch has taken a regular turntable and jazzed it up with visual interactivity, allowing for a uniquely synaesthetic experience.

“The behaviour of the visuals projected will change depending on various variables,” Bohatsch explains. “When turning the record, objects will immediately start turning with the speed of the record or a force will be applied to objects with physical properties, having them slowly pick up speed. Colors of the record and objects will change depending of the speed the record is played back. Also the position of the needle will have an effect on how many objects are visible and the type of objects visible (eg. objects with physical properties, objects visible only when touching needle, size of objects, cuttable objects).”

Interestingly enough, this is not the first time I’ve mentioned a new musical technology application that is designed specifically as eye candy for the DJ himself. Hell, it’s not even the first time I’ve mentioned it this month. So my question is: why? Is DJing such a boring profession that you run the risk of falling asleep at the wheel (of steel)? Really? I think not. I mean, this is super rad awesome, don’t get me wrong, but you should share some of that rad awesome with the audience. Dawg.

Written by Ty Dunitz

Ty is an illustrator who stays up too late, and has to wear glasses. You can follow him on Twitter if you want to (@glitchritual), but he's just gonna throw your stupid PR crap in the garbage, so don't email him.

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  • wow that looks really cool 🙂

  • hey ty,

    thanks for the post!
    so everyone talks about djing when talking bout this project, well, ok, not to wonder. of course, when dealing with turntables you automatically also get djing. however, the aim of this project was to expand/extend/enhance timecode vinyl and take technology as well as the medium of vinyl to new levels. in an experimental way, like in “not practically very useful” but interesting!
    and to answer your question “why this dj related projects”: i am indeed myself a dj but totally shifted to digital djing because i think thats where all the exciting stuff is happening(so, not boring!). but i still had this technics 1210s at home, no use for them anymore and i was wondering if i could still do something exciting with them heavy, big, expensive things. and so vinyl+ was born! there’s just a lot of change happening in the music/dj realm these days so people deal with it a lot, i guess. plus: (i don’t emember who said that) when a medium is born it gets a lot of attention. then in it’s regular everyday use it fades to the background and we don’t really notice it, because its just so normal and when it’s dying (like vinyl now*), things change and new technology comes, we notice it again!


    *(okay, so now a lot of people will say: “it’s not dead its as popular like it hasn’t been for a long time!”…)