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The art of the crossfade | Josh Kun and J. Period | TEDxPCC

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Published on Nov 7, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In this riveting talk, Josh Kun and J. Period ask the question, “What does it mean to crossfade?” You have probably heard of the term crossfading as a mixing effect used by DJ's to smoothly fade a song out as the next one starts to play. But can the concept of the crossfader, be “used as new metaphor for a new way of social thinking? A new kind of social action? A rethinking of social justice?”

Mostly importantly, Josh and J. ask the question, “What is a society if it can’t crossfade?”

Josh Kun is a writer, music journalist, curator, and professor in both the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the USC Dornsife College’s Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at USC. Josh’s research focuses on the arts and politics of cultural connection, with an emphasis on popular music, the cultures of globalization, the US-Mexico border, and Jewish-American musical history.

J.PERIOD, praised as a “music guru” in the latest edition of Rolling Stone Magazine and called one of the “world’s Top DJ’s” by The New York Times, J.PERIOD’s vast musical repertoire bridges cultures, generations and styles, making his signature sound the perfect compliment to the Nets’ new Barclays Center home. In his new role with the Nets, J.PERIOD is both curator and producer, creating an exclusive library of remixes for the team—an NBA first. J.PERIOD’s resume of remix and production credits includes work with Grammy-winners including Kanye West, Joss Stone, John Legend, and Mary J. Blige, and his “audio documentary” mixtape series (the latest, “Rage Is Back,” in support of best-selling author Adam Mansbach’s book of the same name) has won numerous accolades and awards.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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