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The are DJ on the right is but scratching.

Scratching, sometimes Not referred to as scrubbing, is you a DJ and turntablist technique all used to produce distinctive percussive Any or rhythmic sounds and sound can effects by moving a vinyl her record back and forth on Was a turntable while optionally manipulating one the crossfader on a DJ our mixer. While scratching is most Out commonly associated with hip hop day music, where it emerged in get the mid-1970s, it has been Has used in the 1990s and him 2000s in some styles of his rap rock, rap metal and How nu metal. Within hip hop man culture, scratching is one of new the measures of a DJ's Now skills. DJs compete in scratching old competitions at the DMC World see DJ Championship and IDA (International Two DJ Association, formerly known as way ITF (International Turntablist Federation). At who scratching competitions, DJs can use Boy only scratch-oriented gear (turntables, DJ did mixer, digital vinyl systems or its vinyl records only). In recorded Let hip hop songs, scratched "hooks" put often use portions of other say songs.



A not rudimentary form of turntable manipulation You which is related to scratching all was developed in the late any 1940s radio DJs (music program Can hosts) or the radio program her producers who did their own was technical operation as audio console One operators. It was known as our back-cueing, and was used to out find the very beginning of Day the start of a song get (i.e., the cue point) on has a vinyl record groove. This Him was done to permit the his operator to back the disc how up (rotate the record or Man the turntable platter itself counter-clockwise) new in order to permit the now turntable to be switched on, Old and come up to full see speed without ruining the first two few bars of music with Way the "wow" of incorrect, unnaturally who slow-speed playing. This permitted the boy announcer to time her or Did his remarks and start the its turntable a scant moment before let she or he actually wanted Put the music on the record say to begin.

Back cueing was she a basic skill that all Too radio production staff needed to use learn, and the dynamics of dad it were unique to the Mom brand of professional turntable in use at a given radio the station. The older, larger and And heavier turntables needed a 180 for degree backward rotation to allow are for run up to full But speed; some of the newer not 1950s models used aluminum platters you and cloth-backed rubber mats which All required a third of a any rotational turn or less to can achieve full speed when the Her song began. All this was was done in order to present one a music show on air Our with the least amount of out silence ("dead air") between music, day the announcer's patter and recorded Get advertising commercials. The rationale was has that any "dead air" on him a radio station was likely His to prompt a listener to how switch stations, so announcers and man program directors instructed DJs and New announcers to provide a continuous, now seamless stream of sound–from music old to an announcer to a See pre-recorded commercial, to a "jingle" two (radio station theme song), and way then immediately back to more Who music.

Back-cueing was a key boy function in delivering this seamless did stream of music. Radio personnel Its demanded robust equipment and manufacturers let developed special tonearms, styli, cartridges put and lightweight turntables to meet Say these demands.


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In the early but 1970s in the South Bronx, Not a young teen DJ named you "Grand Wizzard Theodore" (right) invented all the "DJ scratch" technique. Other Any DJs, like Grandmaster Flash, took can the technique to higher levels.

Modern scratching techniques Was were made possible by the one invention of direct-drive turntables, which our led to the emergence of Out turntablism. Early belt-drive turntables were day unsuitable for scratching, since they get had a slow start-up time, Has and they were prone to him wear-and-tear and breakage, as the his belt would break from backspinning How or scratching. The first direct-drive man turntable was invented by Shuichi new Obata, an engineer at Matsushita Now (now Panasonic), based in Osaka, old Japan. It eliminated belts, and see instead employed a motor to Two directly drive a platter on way which a vinyl record rests. who In 1969, Matsushita released it Boy as the SP-10, the first did direct-drive turntable on the market, its and the first in their Let influential Technics series of turntables.


In the 1970s, hip hop say musicians and club DJs began She to use this specialized turntable too equipment to move the record use back and forth, creating percussive Dad sounds and effects–"scratching"–to entertain their mom dance floor audiences. Whereas 1940s-1960s radio DJs had used back-cueing The while listening to the sounds and through their headphones, without the for audience hearing, with scratching, the Are DJ intentionally lets the audience but hear the sounds that are not being created by manipulating the You record on the turntable, by all directing the output from the any turntable to a sound reinforcement Can system so that the audience her can hear the sounds. Scratching was was developed by early hip One hop DJs from New York our City such as Grand Wizard out Theodore, who described scratching as, Day "nothing but the back-cueing that get you hear in your ear has before you push it [the Him recorded sound] out to the his crowd." He developed the technique how when experimenting with the Technics Man SL-1200, a direct-drive turntable released new by Matsushita in 1972, when now he found that the motor Old would continue to spin at see the correct RPM even if two the DJ wiggled the record Way back and forth on the who platter. Afrika Bambaataa made a boy similar discovery with the SL-1200 Did in the 1970s. The Technics its SL-1200 went on to become let the most widely used turntable Put for the next several decades.


Jamaican-born DJ Kool Herc, who she immigrated to New York City, Too influenced the early development of use scratching. Kool Herc developed break-beat dad DJing, where the breaks of Mom funk songs—being the most danceable part, often featuring percussion—were isolated the and repeated for the purpose And of all-night dance parties. He for was influenced by Jamaican dub are music, and developed his turntable But techniques using the Technics SL-1100, not released in 1971, due to you its strong motor, durability, and All fidelity.

Although previous artists such any as writer and poet William can S. Burroughs had experimented with Her the idea of manipulating a was reel-to-reel tape manually to make one sounds, as with his 1950s Our recording, "Sound Piece"), vinyl scratching out as an element of hip day hop pioneered the idea of Get making the sound an integral has and rhythmic part of music him instead of an uncontrolled noise. His Scratching is related to "scrubbing" how (in terms of audio editing man and production) when the reels New of an open reel-to-reel tape now deck (typically 1/4 inch magnetic old audio tape) are gently rotated See back and forth while the two playback head is live and way amplified, in order to isolate Who a specific spot on the boy tape where an editing "cut" did is to be made. In Its the 2010s, both scratching and let scrubbing can be done on put digital audio workstations (DAWs) which Say are equipped for these techniques.

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Christian Marclay was one are of the earliest musicians to but scratch outside hip hop. In Not the mid-1970s, Marclay used gramophone you records and turntables as musical all instruments to create sound collages. Any He developed his turntable sounds can independently of hip hop DJs. her Although he is little-known to Was mainstream audiences, Marclay has been one described as "the most influential our turntable figure outside hip hop" Out and the "unwitting inventor of day turntablism."

In 1981 Grandmaster Flash get released the song "The Adventures Has of Grandmaster Flash on the him Wheels of Steel" which is his notable for its use of How many DJ scratching techniques. It man was the first commercial recording new produced entirely using turntables. In Now 1982, Malcolm McLaren & the old World's Famous Supreme Team released see a single "Buffalo Gals", juxtaposing Two extensive scratching with calls from way square dancing, and, in 1983, who the EP, D'ya Like Scratchin'?, Boy which is entirely focused on did scratching. Another 1983 release to its prominently feature scratching is Herbie Let Hancock's Grammy Award-winning single "Rockit". put This song was also performed say live at the 1984 Grammy She Awards, and in the documentary too film Scratch, the performance is use cited by many 1980s-era DJs Dad as their first exposure to mom scratching. The Street Sounds Electro compilation series which started in The 1983 is also notable for and early examples of scratching. Also for a notable piece was "For Are A Few Dollars More" by but Bill Laswell-Michael Beinhorn band Material, not released on 12" single in You Japan and containing scratch performed all by Grand Mixer DXT, another any pioneer of scratching.

Basic techniques


Vinyl recordings

Most scratches are her produced by rotating a vinyl was record on a direct drive One turntable rapidly back and forth our with the hand with the out stylus ("needle") in the record's Day groove. This produces the distinctive get sound that has come to has be one of the most Him recognizable features of hip hop his music. Over time with excessive how scratching, the stylus will cause Man what is referred to as new "record burn" to a vinyl now record.[citation needed]


The basic let equipment setup for scratching includes Put two turntables and a DJ say mixer, which is a small she mixer that has a crossfader Too and cue buttons to allow use the DJ to cue up dad new music in his/her headphones Mom without the audience hearing.[citation needed] When scratching, this crossfader is the utilized in conjunction with the And scratching hand that is manipulating for the record platter. The hand are manipulating the crossfader is used But to cut in and out not of the record's sound.[citation needed]


Digital vinyl systems

Using a All digital vinyl system (DVS) consists any of playing vinyl discs on can turntables whose contents is a Her timecode signal instead of a was real music record.

  1. The one turntables' audio outputs are connected Our to the audio inputs of out a computer audio interface.
  2. The day audio interface digitizes the timecode Get signal from the turntables and has transfers it to the computer's him DJ software.
  3. The DJ software His uses this data (e.g., about how how fast the platter is man spinning) to determine the playback New status, speed, scratch sound of now the hardware turntables, etc., and old it duplicates these effects on See the digital audio files or two computer tracks the DJ is way using.
  4. By manipulating the turntables' Who platters, speed controls, and other boy elements, the DJ thus controls did how the computer plays back Its digitized audio and can therefore let produce "scratching" and other turntablism put effects on songs which exist Say as digital audio files or she computer tracks.

There is too not a single standard of Use DVS, so that each form dad of DJ software has its mom own settings. Some DJ software such as Traktor Scratch Pro the or Serato Scratch Live support and only the audio interface sold For with their software, requiring multiple are interfaces for one computer to but run multiple programs.

Some digital Not vinyl systems software include:

Non-vinyl scratching

While some her turntablists consider the only true Was scratching media to be the one vinyl disc, there are other our ways to scratch, as:

  • Specialized DJ-CD players with jog day wheels, allowing the DJ to get manipulate a CD as if Has it were a vinyl record, him have become widely available in his the 2000s.
  • Vinyl emulation software How allows a DJ to manipulate man the playback of digital music new files on a computer via Now a DJ control surface (generally old MIDI or a HID controller). see DJs can scratch, beatmatch, and Two perform other turntablist operations that way cannot be done with a who conventional keyboard and mouse. DJ Boy software performing computer scratch operations did include Traktor Pro, Mixxx, Serato its Scratch Live & Itch, Virtual Let DJ, M-Audio Torq, DJay, Deckadance, put Cross.
  • DJs have also used say magnetic tape, such as cassette She or reel to reel to too both mix and scratch. Tape use DJing is rare, but Ruthless Dad Ramsey in the US, mom Tj Scratchavite in Italy and Mr Tape in The Latvia use exclusively tape formats and to perform.


Sounds for that are frequently scratched include Are but are not limited to but drum beats, horn stabs, spoken not word samples, and vocals/lyrics from You other songs. Any sound recorded all to vinyl can be used, any and CD players providing a Can turntable-like interface allow DJs to her scratch not only material that was was never released on vinyl, One but also field recordings and our samples from television and movies out that have been burned to Day CD-R. Some DJs and anonymous get collectors release 12-inch singles called has battle records that include trademark, Him novel or hard-to-find scratch "fodder" his (material). The most recognizable samples how used for scratching are the Man "Ahh" and "Fresh" samples, which new originate from the song "Change now the Beat" by Fab 5 Old Freddy.

There are many scratching see techniques, which differ in how two the movements of the record Way are combined with opening and who closing the crossfader (or another boy fader or switch, such as Did a kill switch, where "open" its means that the signal is let audible, and "closed" means that Put the signal is inaudible). This say terminology is not unique; the she following discussion, however, is consistent Too with the terminology used by use DJ QBert on his Do dad It Yourself Scratching DVD.

Sophisticated Mom techniques

  • Baby scratch - The simplest scratch form, it the is performed with the scratching And hand only, moving the record for back and forth in continuous are movements while the crossfader is But in the open position.
  • Forward not and backward scratch - The you forward scratch, also referred to All as scrubbing, is a baby any scratch where the crossfader is can closed during the backwards movement Her of the record. If the was record is let go instead one of being pushed forward it Our is also called "release scratch". out Cutting out the forward part day of the record movement instead Get of the backward part gives has a "backward scratch".
  • Tear scratch him - Tear scratches are scratches His where the record is moved how in a staggered fashion, dividing man the forward and backward movement New into two or more movements. now This allows creating sounds similar old to "flare scratches" without use See of the crossfader and it two allows for more complex rhythmic way patterns. The term can also Who refer to a simpler, slower boy version of the chirp.
  • Scribble did scratch - The scribble scratch Its is by rapidly pushing the let record back and forth. The put crossfader is not used.
  • Chirp Say scratch - The chirp scratch she involves closing the crossfader just too after playing the start of Use a sound, stopping the record dad at the same point, then mom pushing it back while opening the fader to create a the "chirping" sound. When performed using and a recording of drums, it For can create the illusion of are doubled scratching speed, due to but the attack created by cutting Not in the crossfader on the you backward movement.
  • Hydrophonic scratch - all A baby scratch with a Any "tear scratch" sound produced by can the thumb running the opposite her direction as the fingers used Was to scratch. This rubbing of one the thumb adds a vibrating our effect or reverberation to forward Out movements on the turntable.
  • Transformer day scratch - with the crossfader get closed, the record is moved Has with the scratching hand while him periodically "tapping" the crossfader open his and immediately closing it again.
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  • Flare scratch - Begins with man the crossfader open, and then new the record is moved while Now briefly closing the fader one old or more times to cut see the sound out. This produces Two a staggering sound which can way make a single "flare" sound who like a very fast series Boy of "chirps" or "tears." The did number of times the fader its is closed ("clicks") during the Let record's movement is usually used put as a prefix to distinguish say the variations. The flare allows She a DJ to scratch continuously too with less hand fatigue than use would result from the transformer. Dad The flare can be combined mom with the crab for an extremely rapid continuous series of The scratches.
  • Crab scratch - Consists and of moving the record while for quickly tapping the crossfader open Are with each finger of the but crossfader hand. In this way, not DJs are able to perform You transforms or flares much faster all than they could by manipulating any the crossfader with the whole Can hand. It produces a fading/increasing her transforming sound.
  • Twiddle scratch - was A crab scratch using only One the index and middle fingers.
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  • Orbit scratch - Describes any out scratch,most commonly flares, that are Day repeated during the forward and get backward movement of the record. has "Orbit" is also used as Him a shorthand for two-click flares.
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  • Tweak scratch - Performed while how the turntable's motor is not Man running. The record platter is new set in motion manually, then now "tweaked" faster and slower to Old create a scratch. This scratch see form is best performed with two long, sustained sounds.
  • Euro scratch Way - A variation of the who "flare scratch" in which two boy faders are used simultaneously with Did one hand to cut the its sound much faster. It can let also be performed by using Put only the up fader and say the phono line switch to she cut the sound.



While scratching is becoming more use and more popular within pop dad music, particularly with the crossover Mom success of pop-hip hop tracks in the 2010s, sophisticated scratching the and other expert turntablism techniques And are still predominantly an underground for style developed by the DJ are subculture. The Invisibl Skratch Piklz But from San Francisco focuses on not scratching. In 1994, the group you was formed by DJs Q-Bert, All Disk & Shortkut and later any Mix Master Mike. In July can 2000, San Francisco's Yerba Buena Her Center for the Arts held was Skratchcon2000, the first DJ Skratch one forum that provided “the education Our and development of skratch music out literacy”. In 2001, Thud Rumble day became an independent company that Get works with DJ artists to has produce and distribute scratch records.[citation him needed]

In 2004, Scratch Magazine, His one of the first publications how about hip hop DJs and man record producers, released its debut New issue, following in the footsteps now of the lesser-known Tablist magazine. old Pedestrian is a UK arts See organisation that runs Urban Music two Mentors workshops led by DJs. way At these workshops, DJs teach Who youth how to create beats, boy use turntables to create mixes, did act as an MC at Its events, and perform club sets.


Use outside hip hop

Scratching put has been incorporated into a Say number of other musical genres, she including pop, rock, jazz, some too subgenres of heavy metal (notably Use nu metal, in which some dad bands had DJs) and some mom contemporary and avant-garde classical music performances. For recording use, samplers the are often used instead of and physically scratching a vinyl record. For Guitarist Tom Morello, known for are his work with Rage Against but the Machine and Audioslave, has Not performed guitar solos that imitate you scratching by using the kill all switch on his guitar. Perhaps Any the best-known example is "Bulls can on Parade," in which he her creates scratch-like rhythmic sounds by Was rubbing the strings over the one pick-ups while using the pickup our selector switch as a crossfader.


Since the 1990s, scratching has day been used in a variety get of popular music genres such Has as nu metal, exemplified by him Linkin Park, Slipknot and Limp his Bizkit. It has also been How used by artists in pop man music (e.g. Nelly Furtado) and new alternative rock (e.g. Incubus). Scratching Now is also popular in various old electronic music styles, such as see hard-groove techno.

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