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IAP 2020: DJ History and Technology

January 10, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Friday, repeating until January 31, 2020

Independent Activities Period 2020

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

This series looks at the evolution of music, technologies, and practices of the modern dancefloor DJ. Join us every Friday afternoon for discotheque history and classic grooves!


  • Jan 10: Analog mixers / Hip-Hop breaks
  • Jan 17: Vinyl records / Soul & Reggae
  • Jan 24: Sound systems / Disco & Hi-NRG
  • Jan 31: Digital audio / House & Techno

Each session will start with an talk on developments in the DJ’s 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. While listening, we will demonstrate techniques that DJs invented to weave different songs into a night of entertainment.

You are welcome to join us for any part of the series. (Dancing is recommended but not required!) Tracklists are available on Spotify and will be updated at the end of IAP.

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.

discotech poster 2020


January 10, 2020
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Philip Tan


20 Ames St
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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