Microsoft is joining up with the music industry to demo the latest DJ technology.
The software giant showcased a Windows 7 powered touchscreen turntable in a blog post on Thursday. The touchscreen utilizes emulator software that is designed to work on tablets with Windows 7. The multi-touch controller, mouse and software interface are controlled with a GUI for the DJ. The interface is part of a number of new technologies that DJs and electronic musicians are using to demonstrate their work.
Chris Allen, a Canadian DJ, says the latest tech is helping musicians “bridge the gap” between nightclubs and a full-on concert experience. “Tiesto was really the first to innovate a full sold out arena show back in 2003,” says Allen. “He performed for over 25,000 people with massive video screens, live vocalists, instrumentals, fireworks: the lot. These days you have artists such as Deadmau5 and Wolfgang Gartner building impressive Daft Punk-esk light stages specifically for touring.” Allen has appeared alongside the likes of Armin Van Buuren, Markus Schulz, Sander Van Doorn and Gareth Emery and regularly DJs at a number of super-clubs in Toronto and Montreal. He also produces a DJ podcast named BOOM which showcases the latest dance tunes. “There are really some amazing things being done these days by electronic musicians,” says Allen. “It makes perfect sense though, we are the nerds and geeks of the music industry.”
One prime example of how DJs are using this type of technology is through two New York artists known as Filo and Peri. The pair have created a “Lights ‘N Loaded” tour (see video here), geared towards turning the DJ performance into an interactive experience. The tour uses the most cutting-edge, state-of-the-art audio and video technology with elements custom-built from the ground-up to immerse the audience into the experience. Microsoft’s promotion of the Windows 7 powered turntable could see high profile artists use the technology in future performances.
Microsoft’s Windows team will be on-hand at the International Mutek festival, between June 1 and June 5, to demo the latest DJ technology.