The Scratched Code

The vinyl programming of DJ Sniff.

The Scratched Code

One of the most expressive representatives of the new school of experimental turntablism, dj sniff AKA Takuro Mizuta Lippit, started his experiments with vinyl turntables parallel to studying philosophy and history of arts in Tokyo. His early musical experiments were firmly rooted in the hip-hop tradition although they were different in the freshness of his concepts, and his ambition to establish a powerful narrative structure throughout his mixes. Later, he left Japan to study interactive communications in San Francisco where this closeness to the global hotbed of modern technology influenced him radically. By combining traditional dj equipment and programming, sniff went deeper into the matter of his musical material itself, and into the possibilities to reconstruct it in the context of live musical performance. After exchanging his record collection of abstract hip-hop to classic free jazz records, and his second turntable to a MacBook, he launched his touring activities, and established the group Smash TV Production in Japan that has become famous for its non-traditional dj performances since. He collaborated closely with Amsterdam’s STEIM, the center for research and development of instruments and tools for performers in the electronic performance arts. By now, he is the art director of the center.