University of Houston Libraries: New Online Exhibit Features DJ Screw Recordings

University of Houston Libraries: New Online Exhibit Features DJ Screw Recordings. “From Coast to Coast: A Tour of DJ Screw’s Record Collection was created by Jenna Goodrich as part of a Research for Aspiring Coogs in the Humanities (REACH) project…. Goodrich, who is interested in archival and librarian work, selected items from the archives of UH Libraries Special Collections’ Houston Hip Hop Research Collection, particularly from the DJ Screw Sound Recordings comprising over 1600 of the artist’s personal albums and singles.” DJ Screw created a hip hop music genre called “chopped and screwed.” You can read more about it with a list of recommended songs here.

How-To Geek: The Best Free DJ Apps

How-to Geek: The Best Free DJ Apps. “Being a DJ used to be expensive. Even if you had no skills, you’d have to invest in equipment worth thousands of dollars to start. Thankfully, technology has bought those costs down. Today, you can learn to DJ for just a few dollars, even for free! The following apps will help improve your DJ skills—whether you want to do it personally or professionally.”

Cornell: Scientists, wildlife DJ, hip-hop archivists create ‘BeastBox’

Cornell: Scientists, wildlife DJ, hip-hop archivists create ‘BeastBox’. “Musicians have long drawn inspiration from nature, but a new online game is taking that connection one step further. ‘Beastbox’ takes sound clips from real wild animals, transforms them into loops, and allows users to mix and match them into an endless variety of beats, breaks and drops. Along the way, players learn about the animals and the ecosystems they belong to.”

The Toronto Rave Mixtape Archive

New to me: The Toronto Rave Mixtape Archive. Just what it sounds like on the tin: a collection of downloadable DJ sets from the Toronto rave scene. There must be at least a thousand sets here, going back to the early 1990s. There’s also a small number of videos and a small but decently-annotated link list.