Thomas John Gerhardt

DJ Porcelain and the Plates

DJ Porcelain and the Plates is a new form of DJ'ing where you use spinning plates on sticks instead of records on a turntable to mix a track.


New Interfaces for Musical Expression

DJ Porcelain and the Plates is a NIME (new instrument for musical expression) that consists of six sticks and 16+ plates. To make music, the composer spins plates on a combination of the sticks and modifies the speed of the plate to change a prerecorded loop's playback speed. Each stick represents a channel of sound, and each plate represents a sound track. The computer knows which plate is spinning, how fast it is spinning, what stick it is on, and plays back the corresponding sound loops at the specified speed; thus enabling the musician to compose/mix a six channel track on the fly.