DJ Nu-Mark (and His Toys)


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Lots of artists use toys as musical instruments—but the way DJ Nu-Mark does it is pretty special. I’ve been a fan of Nu-Mark ever since his days with the indie hip-hop group Jurassic 5, but I had kind of lost track of what he was up to, until someone hipped me to this video of him playing with his growing array of children’s toys. The way he samples and cross-cuts between them like they’re records and turntables has to be seen to be believed. Watch the whole thing, trust me—the best part comes at about the 4:00 minute mark. Anyone know what that toy is with the different colored cubes on it is called? Next baby shower I get invited to, I’m totally buying one.

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Founder of Weirdest Band in the World.

Posted on June 16, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I’ve seen that cube thing. It’s one of those “smart kid” toys. The cartridge in the middle contains (usually) 6 different instrumentations of some classical piece (one for each side of the cubes), and the 5 cubes correspond to 5 sections of that piece. The technical challenge is to place them in order; the creative challenge is to see what you can do by re-arranging the order of the piece and by mixing and matching the 6 different versions of the piece. Or, you can do what this guy did. I wonder if he hacked the cartridge.

    • Very cool! But what the fuck is it called? I just did a search for “classical music cube toy” on eBay and got bupkis.

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