Turntablism as a modern art form and musical practice has its roots within hip-hop culture of the late 1970s. Scratching was already widespread within hip hop by DJs and producers by the time turntablists started to appear.  The art of manipulating sounds and creating music using direct drive turntable and a DJ mixer. The term turntablist was coined by DJ Badu in 1995 describing the difference between a DJ who simply plays records and one who performs by physically manipulating the records, stylus and mixer to produce sounds.


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