Fellow DJs, it seems as though we'll soon be out of a job
March 27, 2002 5:56 PM   Subscribe

Looks like we'll all need to check back here same time tomorrow. I fed it a bunch of code red/nimda virus attempts in my server logs.
posted by machaus at 6:05 PM on March 27, 2002

it says its online only from 2-15-2002 to 3-17-2002. we missed it.
posted by Hackworth at 6:26 PM on March 27, 2002

crap, missed that.
posted by machaus at 6:32 PM on March 27, 2002

i hate flash
posted by jmd82 at 8:03 PM on March 27, 2002

I wanted to make a front page post earlier today about this bot but someone beat me to it. Still, there's a lot of bots out there to talk about, some of which are still online.
posted by ZachsMind at 9:10 PM on March 27, 2002

I hate pages that hijack the 'Back' browser button. What the hell do they think that accomplishes besides pissing off the user?
posted by Slithy_Tove at 10:58 PM on March 27, 2002

I hate pages that hijack the 'Back' browser button.

I hate people who hijack any old metafilter thread and try to make it their own little venue for bitching about flash. Who the hell do they think hasn't heard it a hundred times before?

(and yes, it is a poorly designed page. a prime example of why flash shouldn't be used to build whole websites. but I think ookamaka was hoping to solicit comments about the robot, not about flash as a web development tool.)

so yeah, slithy_tove and jmd82, don't you think it's really interesting that someone managed to rig up a midi interface that'd control not the platter of the turntable, but the actual record? I've seen some computer controlled turntables before, but none of the ones I saw used a sponge to grip the record and scratch it the way an actual human would; all the ones i've seen have just controlled the motor, which really doesn't offer the same kind of sound. not to mention the fact that this one has robotic control of the crossfader too - do you think it knows how to do the crab, or is that a little out of its league? it looks like it's using a gemini mixer - i doubt it would use a gemini it was serious about doing the crab or the orbit.

and don't you think it's pretty darned neat that they wrote a max/msp patch to convert text into a midi signal? what do you think of the possibility that if you carefully chose the text you were going to use as a signal, you could make it play an actual song? do you think that if you used one of those lockgroove records with a continuous tone, you could make it play a scale?
posted by chrisege at 11:33 PM on March 27, 2002

Against all my intuition, it looks like they are using SL-BD20s for the turntables, which are belt driven and a real human would have a pretty tough time scratching on. I don't know about you, but I think although this is pretty impressive, that my job is safe for a couple years :)
posted by statusquo at 12:57 AM on March 28, 2002

if he can't get f*cked up and fall asleep under the table after playing for 5 hours, then he's no real DJ.
posted by Frasermoo at 1:02 AM on March 28, 2002

Did anyone watch the Quicktime movie?
Did anyone hear the racket this thing makes?
Sounds more like a DJ of the avant-garde than a DJ of the dance.
posted by grabbingsand at 6:31 AM on March 28, 2002

thank god. stop polluting the soundscape. house anthem llamatrons.
posted by Satapher at 10:51 AM on March 28, 2002

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