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"Rockit" was a single from Herbie Hancock's 1983 album Future Shock. The single was written by Hancock, bass guitarist Bill Laswell and synthesizer/drum machine programmer Michael Beinhorn. Herbert Jeffrey Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an Academy Award and multiple Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and composer from Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Hancock is one of jazz musics most important and influential pianists and composers. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Future Shock is the thirty-fifth album (and the first with the Rockit Band) by Herbie Hancock. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping, or using a pick. ... Bill Laswell (born February 12, 1955 in Salem, Illinois and raised in Albion, Michigan) is an American bassist, producer and record label owner. ... Synthesizer as used in music, is a term derived from a Greek word syntithetai < synthesis (συντίθεται < σύνθεσις) and is used to describe a device capable of generating and/or manipulating electronic signals for use in music creation, recording and performance. ... A Boss DR-202 Drum Machine A drum machine is an electronic musical instrument designed to imitate the sound of drums and/or other percussion instruments. ... Michael Beinhorn is an American musician and record producer. ...


Constructed and composed during the recording process at various studios, including Martin Bisi's in Brooklyn NY , "Rockit" was perhaps the first popular single to feature scratching and other turntablist techniques, performed by Grand Mixer DXT- an influential DJ in the early years of turntablism- using turntables as a musical instrument outside of a hip hop music context. Many later turntablists have cited "Rockit" as revelatory, inspiring their interest in the instrument. Martin Bisi is an American producer and songwriter. ... Scratching is a DJ or turntablist technique used to produce sounds for some types of music. ... Turntablism is a subgenre of pop music which emerged from hip hop. ... DJ Grand Mixer DXT (formerly Grand Mixer D.St as in Delancey Street, born Derek Howells) is credited with inventing turntablism, the rhythmic scratching of a record on a turntable, then using different velocities to alter the pitch of the note or sound on the recording, making the turntable a... Turntablism is the art ofSubscript text manipulating sounds and creating music using phonograph turntables and an audio mixer. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Turntablism is a subgenre of pop music which emerged from hip hop. ...


The single was a major radio hit in the United Kingdom but more of an underground hit in the United States. The humorous music video, directed by duo Godley & Creme and featuring robot-like sculptures (by Jim Whiting) moving in time to the music, was among the earliest videos to feature African Americans on MTV and garnered five MTV Video Music Awards in 1984, including Best Concept Video, Best Special Effects, and Most Experimental Video. A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... Godley & Creme was a duo of English pop musicians and music video directors, namely Kevin Godley and Lol Creme. ... African Americans, also known as Afro-Americans or black Americans, are an ethnic group in the United States of America whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Sub-Saharan and West Africa. ... MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network based in New York City. ... The MTV Video Music Awards were established in 1984 by MTV to celebrate the top music videos of the year. ...


In 1985 at the Grammy Awards, Hancock performed "Rockit" in a synthesizer jam which also featured Thomas Dolby, Howard Jones and also Stevie Wonder. Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Thomas Dolby (born Thomas Morgan Robertson, on 14 October 1958) is an English musician, producer, and inventor best known for his 1982 synth pop hit She Blinded Me With Science. // Thomas was not born in Cairo, Egypt as his early biography from EMI suggested, but was actually born in London... Howard Jones (born John Howard Jones, 23 February 1955) is an English singer and songwriter. ... Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris),[1] is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. ...


In 1986 it was featured in the Soviet film The Courier alongside a hip hop dance sequence making it one of the songs to introduce hip-hop to the USSR. The song was later remixed by V-Video, an early Russian video company to be played with its logo. Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ...


It is also featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and is included in its soundtrack box-set. The song was also used in the movies Zoolander and Kickin' It Old Skool. It is also used in the video game NBA Street: Homecourt when a gamebreaker move is activated. A remix of "Rockit" is one of the playable songs in the PlayStation 2 game Amplitude. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (released in October 2002) is the fourth video game in the hit Grand Theft Auto series. ... Zoolander is a 2001 comedy film based on a pair of short films directed by Ben Stiller and written by Drake Sather and Ben Stiller for the VH1 Fashion Awards television show in 1996 and 1997. ... Kickin It Old Skool is an American comedy film directed by Harvey Glazer and written by Trace Slobotkin. ... The PlayStation 2 game Amplitude was developed by Harmonix and is the sequel to the game Frequency. ...


'Rockit' lends it's name to a range of vintage stores in London, as well as a Toronto music venue.


External links

  • Rock On The Net: 1984 MTV Video Music Awards

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Rockit - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (244 words)
"Rockit" was a single from Herbie Hancock's 1983 album Future Shock.
Many later turntablists have cited "Rockit" as revelatory, inspiring their interest in the craft.
The single was a major radio hit in the United Kingdom and an underground hit in the United States.
RockIT Tutorial (181 words)
RockIT is a tutorial that will help users develop their information literacy skills.
This tutorial is part of the Greenlease Library's mission to assist students, faculty and others in developing information literacy competencies, as recommended by the Association of College and Research Libraries in their document Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.
Librarians act at the instructors for RockIT, in collaboration with course faculty.
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