Scratching - I don't get it.
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    Default Scratching - I don't get it.

    These guys scratching on the VCI-300:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt8DGJHT05Q

    I know I'm supposed to be impressed with these "skills", but it just sounds like a complete random cacophony to me. Why is this impressive again? You can't dance to it, it's not musical and they've given up even trying to be rhythmical. Can someone explain to me why this is the holy grail, highest form of art in DJing?

    Are there examples that I've never seen that are actually good? Are these people like the skateboarders I see on street corners practicing their ollying and never, ever landing even one, when instead I should be watching X-games competitors?

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    this one is much better, when it comes to vci-300 scratching

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cZ2TvrFJL0

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    yea first of all you watching scratching on a vci sorry but its gonna be a while before that controller catch up to actually turntablism quality scratching no disrespect or anything.

    check this vids out

    the drunk trumpet
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiSFx...eature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGjsUb6T7lI

    the controller one with loop pedal and good scratching
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDSsh...eature=related

    these videos should put you in the right direction for scratching.

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    "it's not musical and they've given up even trying to be rhythmical"

    Very disappointing Fat Limey, I thought you would be more open minded than that.

    Dont forget that the "they've" your talking about are probably a few people that are a part of this forum!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AW-CPUmhAY <- At work so i can't listen but i remember watching this ages ago as it came out with a Scribe album (kaon and midifidler will know prob).
    There are some good sections in that routine.
    Last edited by obsidiance; 08-28-2008 at 12:02 AM.
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    Alot of the stuff the guy in the vci-300 video was doing on the vci-300 can be done more on time and by only using one deck and beat jumps :\ no not really impressed at all

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    I confess, I feel the same way about a lot of scratching. *ducks rotten eggs*
    These days, there are only a handful of times where the sound of scratching works for me, especially when it's subtle, but more often than not, I find it an annoying distraction. Apologies to my scratching friends I'm just being honest.

    True scratching is an art form, not for the faint of heart.

    If you're too young to remember "Scratch" the movie, go rent it or check some previews on Youtube.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMcRVHdv7IQ


    Sometimes, it depends on what genre one plays I feel scratching lends itself authentically to hip hop/rap , but then again, I also believe in experimentation and the mixing of styles and genres.
    With the downtempo, loungy atmospheres I play in, scratching would be simply ridiculous.


    To each their own.

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    god p-money is such a beast remember that battle.

    don't forget a-trak that set was sick to in 2001
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BALW...eature=related

    i know you heard of dj shadow sunshine he is a trip hop artist and uses scratching in his sets but i can see what you saying tho. some downtempo songs would just ruin the songs for me.

    but sometimes when i watch qbert scratch i am like wtf is this, but he is still a grandmaster.

    but its to each his own tho i am a straight hip hop/ scratch fanatic but i don't get all mad when people say they don't like it.
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    I really like DJ Shadow — he is subtle with his scratching and it works quite well. Mr Davis knows music.

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    Hey Ean, it's time to add a plugin to embed YouTube! It's very easy to use and you can find several excellent ones at VBulletin.org

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    Sunshine i own that Scratch dvd its pretty good, Q-Bert is a tripper hahaha!

    How about Dj Hype scratching over Drum and Bass... sometimes is bloody awesome sometimes not so great.

    Anyone here heard of Mark N?
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