Tropical Renditions: Making Musical Scenes in Filipino America
At the end of the twentieth century, turntablist-djs reemerged from the shadows of hip-hop culture’s stages. Using turntable technology not just to play music but instead to manipulate sound, the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, a five-member Filipino American dj crew, were central figures in a turntablist music movement. Chapter 1 focuses on isp’s musical practices and performances as they resound familiar burdens for racialized performers in the United States as well as put forth techniques of sonic abstraction and musical alienation. This chapter maneuvers with a turntablist methodology, as it digs through records and juggles between disparate moments in order to explore shared themes of translocality, visibility and invisibility, and the extraterrestrial.