Playing the turntable: An introduction to scratching. Hansen, K. F. KTH Speech, Music and Hearing Quarterly Progress and Status Report, 42:69-79, 2001.
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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.
@Article{Hansen01_QPSR,
  author      = {Kjetil Falkenberg Hansen},
  title       = {Playing the turntable: {A}n introduction to scratching},
  journal     = {KTH Speech, Music and Hearing Quarterly Progress and Status Report},
  year        = {2001},
  volume      = {42},
  pages       = {69-79},
  abstract    = {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''. {W}ith sufficient practise, a {D}isc {J}ockey ({DJ}) can have great control over the sounds and treat the turntable as an expressive musical instrument. {E}ven 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. {T}o gain information of this behaviour a {DJ} was asked to perform some typical scratching patterns. {T}hese common playing techniques and the corresponding sounds have been analysed. {S}ince the focus of the article is on the basics of how the instrument works, an overview on standardized equipment and alternative equipment is given.},
  comment     = {scratching},
  file        = {Hansen01_QPSR.pdf:Hansen01_QPSR.pdf:PDF},
  groups      = {Public, DJ studies},
  institution = {Dept. of Speech, Music and Hearing, Stockholm: KTH},
  keywords    = {scratching},
  type        = {Speech, Music and Hearing Quarterly Progress and Status Report},
}
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