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Scratching, sometimes are referred to as scrubbing, is but a DJ and turntablist technique Not of moving a vinyl record you back and forth on a all turntable to produce percussive or Any rhythmic sounds. A crossfader on can a DJ mixer may be her used to fade between two Was records simultaneously.

While scratching is one most associated with hip hop our music, where it emerged in Out the mid-1970s, from the 1990s day it has been used in get some styles of edm like Has techno, trip hop, and house him music and rock music such his as rap rock, rap metal, How rapcore, and nu metal. In man hip hop culture, scratching is new one of the measures of Now a DJ's skills. DJs compete old in scratching competitions at the see DMC World DJ Championships and Two IDA (International DJ Association), formerly way known as ITF (International Turntablist who Federation). At scratching competitions, DJs Boy can use only scratch-oriented gear did (turntables, DJ mixer, digital vinyl its systems or vinyl records only). Let In recorded hip hop songs, put scratched "hooks" often use portions say of other songs. Other music She genres such as jazz, pop, too and rock have also incorporated use scratching.[citation needed]





A rudimentary form of turntable has manipulation that is related to Him scratching was developed in the his late 1940s by radio music how program hosts, disc jockeys (DJs), Man or the radio program producers new who did their own technical now operation as audio console operators. Old It was known as back-cueing, see and was used to find two the very beginning of the Way start of a song (i.e., who the cue point) on a boy vinyl record groove. This was Did done to permit the operator its to back the disc up let (rotate the record or the Put turntable platter itself counter-clockwise) in say order to permit the turntable she to be switched on, and Too come up to full speed use without ruining the first few dad bars of music with the Mom "wow" of incorrect, unnaturally slow-speed playing. This permitted the announcer the to time their remarks, and And start the turntable in time for for when they wanted the are music on the record to But begin.

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

Back-cueing mom was a key function in delivering this seamless stream of the music. Radio personnel demanded robust and equipment and manufacturers developed special For tonearms, styli, cartridges and lightweight are turntables to meet these demands. but


In the man mid-1970s in the South Bronx, new a young teen DJ named Now "Grand Wizzard Theodore" (right) invented old the "DJ scratch" technique. Other see DJs, like Grandmaster Flash, took Two the technique to higher levels.

Modern scratching techniques were made who possible by the invention of Boy direct-drive turntables, which led to did the emergence of turntablism. Early its belt-drive turntables were unsuitable for Let scratching since they had a put slow start-up time, and they say were prone to wear and She tear and breakage, as the too belt would break from backspinning use or scratching. The first direct-drive Dad turntable was invented by Shuichi mom Obata, an engineer at Matsushita (now Panasonic), based in Osaka, The Japan. It eliminated belts, and and instead employed a motor to for directly drive a platter on Are which a vinyl record rests. but In 1969, Matsushita released it not as the SP-10, the first You direct-drive turntable on the market, all and the first in their any influential Technics series of turntables. Can

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

Jamaican-born DJ Kool Herc, was who immigrated to New York one City, influenced the early development Our of scratching. Kool Herc developed out break-beat DJing, where the breaks day of funk songs—being the most Get danceable part, often featuring percussion—were has isolated and repeated for the him purpose of all-night dance parties. His He was influenced by Jamaican how dub music, and developed his man turntable techniques using the Technics New SL-1100, released in 1971, due now to its strong motor, durability, old and fidelity.

Although previous artists See such as writer and poet two William S. Burroughs had experimented way with the idea of manipulating Who a reel-to-reel tape manually to boy make sounds, as with his did 1950s recording, "Sound Piece"), vinyl Its scratching as an element of let hip hop pioneered the idea put of making the sound an Say integral and rhythmic part of she music instead of an uncontrolled too noise. Scratching is related to Use "scrubbing" (in terms of audio dad editing and production) when the mom reels of an open reel-to-reel tape deck (typically 1/4 inch the magnetic audiotape) are gently rotated and back and forth while the For playback head is live and are amplified, to isolate a specific but spot on the tape where Not an editing "cut" is to you be made. Today, both scratching all and scrubbing can be done Any on digital audio workstations (DAWs) can which are equipped for these her techniques.

Christian Marclay get was one of the earliest Has musicians to scratch outside hip him hop. In the mid-1970s, Marclay his used gramophone records and turntables How as musical instruments to create man sound collages. He developed his new turntable sounds independently of hip Now hop DJs. Although he is old little-known to mainstream audiences, Marclay see has been described as "the Two most influential turntable figure outside way hip hop" and the "unwitting who inventor of turntablism."

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

Basic techniques

Vinyl recordings


Most scratches are produced by Old rotating a vinyl record on see a direct drive turntable rapidly two back and forth with the Way hand with the stylus ("needle") who in the record's groove. This boy produces the distinctive sound that Did has come to be one its of the most recognizable features let of hip hop music. Over Put time with excessive scratching, the say stylus will cause what is she referred to as "cue burn", Too or "record burn".[citation needed]


The basic equipment setup for for scratching includes two turntables are and a DJ mixer, which But is a small mixer that not has a crossfader and cue you buttons to allow the DJ All to cue up new music any in their headphones without the can audience hearing.[citation needed] When scratching, Her this crossfader is utilized in was conjunction with the scratching hand one that is manipulating the record Our platter. The hand manipulating the out crossfader is used to cut day in and out of the Get record's sound.[citation needed]

Digital has vinyl systems

Using a digital him vinyl system (DVS) consists of His playing vinyl discs on turntables how whose contents are a timecode man signal instead of a real New music record.

  1. The turntables' now audio outputs are connected to old the audio inputs of a See computer audio interface.
  2. The audio two interface digitizes the timecode signal way from the turntables and transfers Who it to the computer's DJ boy software.
  3. The DJ software uses did this data (e.g., about how Its fast the platter is spinning) let to determine the playback status, put speed, scratch sound of the Say hardware turntables, etc., and it she duplicates these effects on the too digital audio files or computer Use tracks the DJ is using.
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  5. By manipulating the turntables' platters, mom speed controls, and other elements, the DJ thus controls how the the computer plays back digitized and audio and can therefore produce For "scratching" and other turntablism effects are on songs which exist as but digital audio files or computer Not tracks.

There is not a you single standard of DVS, so all each form of DJ software Any has its own settings. Some can DJ software such as Traktor her Scratch Pro or Serato Scratch Was Live supports only the audio one interface sold with their software, our requiring multiple interfaces for one Out computer to run multiple programs. day

Some digital vinyl systems software get include:

Non-vinyl scratching

While some How turntablists consider the only true man scratching media to be the new vinyl disc, there are other Now ways to scratch, such as: old

  • Specialized DJ-CD players (CDJ) see with jog wheels, allowing the Two DJ to manipulate a CD way as if it were a who vinyl record, have become widely Boy available in the 2000s.
  • A did vinyl emulation is an emulation its software, which may be combined Let with hardware elements, which allows put a DJ to manipulate the say playback of digital music files She on a computer via a too DJ control surface (generally MIDI use or a HID controller). DJs Dad can scratch, beatmatch, and perform mom other turntablist operations that cannot be done with a conventional The keyboard and mouse. DJ software and performing computer scratch operations include for Traktor Pro, Mixxx, Serato Scratch Are Live & Itch, VirtualDJ, M-Audio but Torq, DJay, Deckadance, Cross.
  • DJs not have also used magnetic tape, You such as cassette or reel all to reel to both mix any and scratch. Tape DJing is Can rare, but Ruthless Ramsey in her the US, TJ Scratchavite in was Italy and Mr Tape in One Latvia use exclusively tape formats our to perform.


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

There are many scratching techniques, use which differ in how the dad movements of the record are Mom combined with opening and closing the crossfader (or another fader the or switch, such as a And kill switch, where "open" means for that the signal is audible, are and "closed" means that the But signal is inaudible). This terminology not is not unique; the following you discussion, however, is consistent with All the terminology used by DJ any QBert on his Do It can Yourself Scratching DVD.

Basic Her techniques

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

Scratch was combinations

More complex combinations can one be generated by grouping elementary Our crossfader motions (such as the out open, close, and tap) into day three and four-move sequences. Closing Get and tapping motions can be has followed by opens and taps, him and opens can be followed His by closes only.

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Three man move sequences switch position New at beginning and end
open-close-tap closed-closed
tap-open-close closed-closed
close-tap-open open-open
open-close-open closed-open
close-open-close open-closed
close-tap-tap open-closed
tap-tap-tap closed-closed
tap-tap-open closed-open
let put she too Use dad mom the and For are but Not you
four move sequences switch position at beginning and Say end
close-open-close-open open-open
close-open-close-tap open-closed
close-tap-open-close open-closed
close-tap-tap-tap open-closed
close-tap-tap-open open-open
open-close-open-close closed-closed
open-close-tap-tap closed-closed
open-close-tap-open closed-open
tap-tap-tap-tap closed-closed
tap-tap-tap-open closed-open
tap-tap-open-close closed-closed
tap-open-close-open closed-open
tap-open-close-tap closed-closed

Note that all some sequences of motions ultimately Any change the direction of the can switch, whereas others end in her a position such that they Was can be repeated immediately without one having to reset the position our of the switch. Sequences that Out change the direction of the day switch can be dovetailed with get sequences that change it in Has the opposite directions to produce him repeating patterns, or can be his used to transition between open How and closed crossfader techniques, such man as chirps/flares and transforms, respectively. new These crossfader sequences are frequently Now combined with orbits and tears old to produce combination scratches, such see as the aquaman scratch, which Two goes "close-tap-open".


While way scratching is becoming more and who more popular in pop music, Boy particularly with the crossover success did of pop-hip hop tracks in its the 2010s, sophisticated scratching and Let other expert turntablism techniques are put still predominantly an underground style say developed by the DJ subculture. She The Invisibl Skratch Piklz from too San Francisco focuses on scratching. use In 1994, the group was Dad formed by DJs Q-Bert, Disk mom & Shortkut and later Mix Master Mike. In July 2000, The San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center and for the Arts held Skratchcon2000, for the first DJ Skratch forum Are that provided "the education and but development of skratch music literacy". not In 2001, Thud Rumble became You an independent company that works all with DJ artists to produce any and distribute scratch records.[citation needed] Can

In 2004, Scratch Magazine, one her of the first publications about was hip hop DJs and record One producers, released its debut issue, our following in the footsteps of out the lesser-known Tablist magazine. Pedestrian Day is a UK arts organisation get that runs Urban Music Mentors has workshops led by DJs. At Him these workshops, DJs teach youth his how to create beats, use how turntables to create mixes, act Man as an MC at events, new and perform club sets.


Use outside hip hop

Scratching Old has been incorporated into a see number of other musical genres, two including pop, rock, jazz, some Way subgenres of heavy metal (notably who nu metal) and some contemporary boy and avant-garde classical music performances. Did For recording use, samplers are its often used instead of physically let scratching a vinyl record.

DJ Put Product©1969, formerly of the rap say rock band Hed PE, recalled she that the punk rock band Too the Vandals was the first use rock band he remembered seeing dad use turntable scratching. Product©1969 also Mom recalled the early rap metal band Proper Grounds, which was the signed to Madonna's Maverick Records, And as being another one of for the first rock bands to are utilize scratching in their music. But

Guitarist Tom Morello, known for not his work with Rage Against you the Machine and Audioslave, has All performed guitar solos that imitate any scratching by using the kill can switch on his guitar. Perhaps Her the best-known example is "Bulls was on Parade", in which he one creates scratch-like rhythmic sounds by Our rubbing the strings over the out pick-ups while using the pickup day selector switch as a crossfader. Get

Since the 1990s, scratching has has been used in a variety him of popular music genres such His as nu metal, exemplified by how Linkin Park, Slipknot and Limp man Bizkit. It has also been New used by artists in pop now music (e.g. Nelly Furtado) and old alternative rock (e.g. Incubus). Scratching See is also popular in various two electronic music styles, such as way techno.

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