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Playing the turntable: An introduction to scratching
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Media Technology and Interaction Design, MID. KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Speech, Music and Hearing, TMH, Music Acoustics. (Sound and Music Computing)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4259-484X
2001 (English)In: KTH Speech, Music and Hearing Quarterly Progress and Status Report, Vol. 42, 69-79 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article deals with the popular and rarely studied art form of manipulating a vinyl record by rhythmically dragging and pushing it, commonly labelled “scratching”. With sufficient practise, a Disc Jockey (DJ) can have great control over the sounds and treat the turntable as an expressive musical instrument. Even though a digital-based model of scratching might seem preferable to the vulnerable vinyl record, the acoustical behaviour of the scratch has not been formally studied until now. To gain information of this behaviour a DJ was asked to perform some typical scratching patterns. These common playing techniques and the corresponding sounds have been analysed. Since the focus of the article is on the basics of how the instrument works, an overview on standardized equipment and alternative equipment is given.

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2001. Vol. 42, 69-79 p.
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scratching
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-215175OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-215175DiVA: diva2:1146771
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scratching. QCR 20171009

Available from: 2017-10-03 Created: 2017-10-03 Last updated: 2017-10-09Bibliographically approved

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