Watch the world's first turntable orchestra performance

Thirty renowned DJs from around the world – including reigning (and, at 13 years old, youngest ever) Japanese world champion DJ Rena – came together in Tokyo to remix eight classical records, including excerpts from Vivaldi: Le quattro stagioni, Rossini: Péchés de vieillesse and Paganini: 24 Caprices for Solo Violin.

The theme of The Philharmonic Turntable Orchestra’s imaginative turntable homage was "Rediscover Music," and has been released today (20th March) to commemorate the day on which LPs were first born in Japan. All that was used to create the 3-and-a-half minute-video (which you can see below) were the classical records, mixers, and Technics’ SL-1200 series turntables - the first of which was launched in 1972.

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You can also watch the accompanying ‘Behind the Beats’ video (2:21) below, and visit the dedicated interactive website where you can tap into your inner DJ and have a fiddle with the start/stop button, volume meter, levels, and pitch faders yourself.

[Video credit: Panasonic]


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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her 10 years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.