Public DJ booths in European parks
Public DJ booths in European parks! Who would have thought? Oldskool DJs often complain about how easy laptops and controllers (technology in general) has made DJing and ‘now anybody can do it!’
Well a Dutch company, Yalp, thinks anybody and everybody should be doing it and have landed themselves a sweet contract to put solar-powered, outdoor, public DJ booths in European Parks throughout the Netherlands, Finland, Denmark and Australia.
They are called ‘Fonos’ and consist of 14 touchpad surfaces that can control elements like pitch, delay and scratch. You simply add the music from your iPhone and bam, you’re spinning your latest tracks outdoors in a park, showing off your awesome selection of beats!
According to Deep House Amsterdam, “one downside of Fono is that it doesn’t have actual pitch slides to beat-match two different tunes manually, nor are there any EQ knobs present. What users can do, however, is automatically sync tracks and cue/pre-listen to your mix-in track over your headphones. The effects that can be used are: loop, delay, crush, scratch, filter and more.”
Public DJ booths are a pretty interesting concept, although it’ll be way more fun for the guy manning the Fono decks than the poor sods having to listen to it.
From the tutorial video it seems quite loud and somehow once you place your Smartphone on the deck pad the music coming out of your phone’s speaker diverts to the Fono speakers. It’s not Bluetooth either! It also seems like one would need two phones, one for each channel should you want to mix from one to the other, although without pitch sliders you’d have to choose tracks at the same bpm and use the filter FX (no EQ knobs) to manage the transition.
Yalp claims that their public DJ booths (Fonos) are also vandal proof and encourages the youth to spend more time outdoors in nature, i.e. in the city parks.
Watch the public DJ booths- Fonos – footage here.