Remember The Technics Turntable?
March 6, 2013 at 3:58 AM (PT)
Industry veteran CHRIS RUH is involved in telling the story of a soon-to-be-bygone era. RUH is currently a graduate student at CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE, working on a master's degree in Communication Studies.
For a class in communication and technology, he is researching the impact of the TECHNICS SL-1200 MKII turntable, which, from its introduction in 1978 through the end of its production run in 2010, he will argue, became the single most important piece of technology in the rise of the global dance culture -- from the early days of AFRIKA BAMBAATAA and MADONNA to MOBY, KASKADE and the advent of EDM.
Though these turntables now represent a passe technology, they were instrumental in creating the popularizing the myriad genres that now fall under the omnibus definition of "dance music."
If you have something you'd like to contribute -- from your story to artifacts you can lend for study (such as old brochures, advertisements, product reviews, tech manuals, etc) contact RUH at christopher.ruh.109.my.csun.edu.