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IAP 2019: Discotheque Music and Technology

January 10, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Independent Activities Period 2019
Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Attendance: Repeating event, participants welcome at any session

DJ: disk jockey
Selector, crate digger, musical host, turntablist

This series looks at the evolution of music, technologies, and practices of the modern discotheque. Join us every Thursday afternoon for classic grooves in the Lewis Music Library!


  • Jan 10: From vinyl to digital audio / Soul
  • Jan 17: Speakers and sound systems / Disco
  • Jan 24: Turntables and mixers / Hip-Hop
  • Jan 31: Computers and sampling / House & Techno

Each session will start with an informal talk on developments in DJ tools and craft over five decades of dance music.

Then join us for an hour of listening to a music genre that fueled those changes, inspired creativity, and reimagined the dance floor.

You are welcome to join us for any part of the seminar. Dancing is recommended but not required.

About the speaker: Philip Tan is a research scientist in CMS/W who started the MIT Dance Mix Coalition in 1998. He organizes Local Beats, a quarterly all-ages inclusive community party, and brings a balearic blend of garage house, disco, electro, trance, and dub to parties around Cambridge and Somerville.


January 10, 2019
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Philip Tan


14E-109, Lewis Music Library
160 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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