Question: isn't "scratching" destructive to potentially out-of-print or valuable LPs? If
"scratching" is this "ricki-ricki-ricki" sound that one hears on, for instance, Run-DMC records,
then why does a "DJ" need to use a vintage disk to get this sound? Won't a cutout bin 10,000 Strings
record do just fine?
What's next -- "stretching" (whereby one takes an old master tape and mangles it so that it bounces
and weaves over the playback heads in a "rhythmic" fashion)? Or perhaps "grinding" (whereby one
throws old 78RPM records into a blender and uses the powder as part of their pyrotechnics display
for their DJ show since it's very clear that real music is not the point of these spectacles)?
-- Tom Fine
Interested in preserving out-of-print music whenver possible
PS-- Showing the on-going bizarre nature of modern "music," Blue Note put out a record where two
German "DJ's" play cuts from out-of-print Blue Note LPs (many of which should STAY out of print
because they're early 70's "smooth" jazz junk), processed to death through compressors and
bass-heavy equalization, into a digital chain to produce a two-CD set. I won't even ask why not just
make a good-quality remaster job from the master tapes, perhaps that's too simple and direct (and
perhaps this music only appeals to people who want to hear it processed to death).
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From: "phillip holmes" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, March 05, 2006 6:44 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] The Future of RECORD Collecting - an interesting documentary
> It has some footage of "scratch-offs" or whatever they're called. There's a how-to section
> explaining the basic repertoire of the DJ (the basic sounds you get from scratching), and how you
> use two tables to get the bass track and break of one record and the tunes from another. It ain't
> easy to do. Violin playing it's not, but there's more skill on display here than most rhythm
> guitar players. It requires an inordinate amount of preparation (dozens of records in a queue,
> post-it notes on the records showing where your break begins, etc..). Very fascinating.
>> I notice, too, that there is a DVD of bonus materials. What's on that?
>> Charles Lawson