BeatJockey: A new tool for enhancing DJ skills

TitleBeatJockey: A new tool for enhancing DJ skills
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2011
Conference NameNew Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME)
AuthorsMolina, P., Haro G. G., & Jordà S.
Conference Start Date 30/05/2011
Conference LocationOslo, Norway
ISSN Number2220-4792
AbstractWe present BeatJockey, a prototype interface which makes use of Audio Mosaicing (AM), beat-tracking and machine learning  techniques,  for  supporting  Diskjockeys  (DJs)  by proposing them new ways of interaction with the songs on the DJ’s playlist. This prototype introduces a new paradigm to DJing in which the user has the capability to mix songs interacting with beat-units that accompany the DJ’s mix. For this type of interaction, the system suggests song slices taken from songs selected from a playlist, which could go well with the beats of whatever master song is being played. In addition the system allows the synchronization of multiple songs, thus permitting flexible, coherent and rapid progressions in the DJ’s mix.  BeatJockey uses the Reactable, a  musical  tangible  user  interface  (TUI),  and  it  has  been designed to be used by all DJs regardless of their level of expertise, as the system helps the novice while bringing new creative opportunities to the expert.
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