(NSC) - RIP Ron Murphy, master vinyl cutter.
February 13, 2008 2:55 AM Subscribe
cut records, but not just any records.
Responsible for cutting the actual vinyl master plates of much of the now revered Detroit Techno
including Jeff Mills, Carl Craig, Underground Resistance's seminal Knights of the Jaguar
, and much more - he demonstrated impeccable craftsmanship and skill in both mastering records for sound and aesthetics at company known as Sound Enterprises source link
AKA National Sound Corporation. Schooled in Motown, dubplates and jukeboxes
, he is the bespoke-crafted, analog link between the digital future and analog past that is the roots of Techno music and modern techno DJ culture.One hour interview here, in mp3 format. (Coral Cache link. Original link here. Which includes gems such as "Richie Hawtin? Well, here's the Elvis of Techno!". He's a lovely curmudgeon, I promise. It's worth the download just for the tracks they play in the background and breaks in the interview, all NSC-cut tracks.)
Are you a DJ? Own any older techno, club or pop-remix club vinyl? Look for the handwritten (NSC) tag on the run-out spiral on the inside of the record, nearest the label. Ron Murphy cut the plates for that record.
Ron Murphy also pushed the the boundaries of plate cutting with his NSC-X2
technique, spiraling two separate tracks together in a paired helix on the platter. He also experimented with reverse spirals, locked ending grooves, and hybrid platters where the outside track spiraled in normally, and the inside track spiraled out and they met between mid-record in a locked groove.
Thanks, Ron, for making it sound so good, and caring.