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Old 02-13-2011, 12:47 PM
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Default Re: HIP HOP

Originally Posted by mattsmith View Post
I respect a lot of these newer technologies but I've never been able to get my arms around doing the mixes this way. When I first started out with this in 2007 /with my old Stanton turntables/ I just felt there was something cool about holding the LPs, scratching and doing it all by hand. As a drummer there was a certain physicality to all that I felt was missing with the digital way. I put these out on youtube back then.

This thread has got me thinking about how I need to get serious about this again. I don't think I've moved forward with this for at least a couple of years. It's like my mallet playing. It just sits there.
I get that. Your roots are in the physical act of playing music and you follow your inclinations. My young bud doesn't have those roots, apart from a year of piano lessons years ago (which he sadly dropped) so he's gravitated to other ways that suit him ... and it fits in his small room. I saw him scratching in time using the laptop's finger pad so there's a little bit of physicality.

Just curious about an aspect of scratching. I used to have hundreds of vinyl records so when I first saw people scratching I was horrified, thinking about the pops and crackles it must cause. How long do the records last? The worst thing I ever did to a record was one time I was playing and hit a cymbal clumsily, and it was kind of like Darth Vader in Revenge of the Sith - [slow motion] noooooooooo! - as I watched the cymbal stand topple over on to a record (Night at the Opera) that I'd not put away ... put a big crack in it :(

Great scratching BTW, especially the last one. I like the inventiveness in choosing the snippets and placing them.
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