The basics of scratching
2002 (English)In: Journal of New Music Research, ISSN 0929-8215, E-ISSN 1744-5027, Vol. 31, no 4, 357-365 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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 practice, a Disc Jockey (DJ) can have great control over the sound produced 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, and such models are being manufactured today, 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 also given.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2002. Vol. 31, no 4, 357-365 p.
Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-11921DOI: 10.1076/jnmr.31.4.357.14171ISI: 000183144100006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-11921DiVA: diva2:289834
QC20100729. QC 201601152010-01-252010-01-252016-01-15Bibliographically approved