Pedro Lopes

turntablist, computer scientist & "hardware t(h)inker"


Pedro Lopes, is a turntablist, computer scientist & “hardware t(h)inker.”

An innovative Sound-artist who breaks this discipline’s increasingly academic mold, Lopes has defined a very personal interpretation of Turntablism, best described as “turntable persussion.”

I play turntables like they are full-fledged instruments, which means they can be bowed, percussed, scratched, subversed & hacked. I make my own needles and records using circuit-bending and acrylic cutting. I engage in collaboration with visual artists, performance & improvisors. I have played in venues such as Transmediale, Serralves Foundation, Casa da Música, OutFest, Rescaldo, Metasonic & Future Places and collaborate with many artists: Carlos Zíngaro, André Gonçalves, Gabriel Ferrandini, Pedro Sousa, Miguel Sá, Hernâni Faustino, Rodrigo Pinheiro, Per Gärdin, Carlos Santos, Manuela São Simão and in ensembles conducted by William Winnant (Zorn’s Cobra), Reinhold Friedl & Ernesto Rodrigues.

Pedro Lopes, Artist’s Statement

Collaboration is an important aspect of Lopes’ work. At SomoS, he has presented his art in the improvisational duet piece Hour of the Wolf, a collaboration with Stefan Brunner. Together with Desiree Förster he organizes and curates the ongoing Hypernatural Sounds performance/artist talk series which researches and presents the various philosophies of sound, presented at SomoS in 2015 and 2016 as part of the Transmediale Vorspiel.

Thursday, May 18, 201, 7:30pm, Lopes performs turntable percussion with Thessia Machado, Inga Maren Otto Fellow in Music Composition, American Academy in Berlin (who performs handmade electronics and DC motors) as part of her Telix installation and performance series at SomoS. (To attend, please send an email to


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