Here’s your word of the day: stigmergy. It describes “a form of indirect coordination of actions,” like how ants work together to deal with a complicated situation at the ol’ anthill.
So what does this have to do with spinning records? Plenty, apparently. From Nautilus:
[Johan] Bollen and [Luis] Rocha are experts on stigmergy—for real. They DJ by night, but by day they study cybernetics—how people, animals, and machines control and exchange information—at Indiana University in Bloomington. A focus on feedback runs through their both their research and DJing. And while they really just want to orchestrate a raging party, the crowd is, in a sense, an experiment.
This is a completely new take on DJing. Give it a read.