The acoustics and performance of DJ scratching

TitleThe acoustics and performance of DJ scratching: Analysis and Modeling
Publication TypeMagazine
Year of Publication2010
AuthorHansen, Kjetil Falkenberg
PublisherKTH School of Computer Science and Communication
Place PublishedStockholm. Sweden
Publication Languageeng
ISBN or ASIN Number2147483647
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This thesis focuses on the analysis and modeling of scratching, in other words, the DJ (disk jockey) practice of using the turntable as a musical instrument. There has been experimental use of turntables as musical instruments since their invention, but the use is now mainly ascribed to the musical genre hip-hop and the playing style known as scratching. Scratching has developed to become a skillful instrument-playing practice with complex musical output performed by DJs. The impact on popular music culture has been significant, and for many, the DJ set-up of turntables and a mixer is now a natural instrument choice for undertaking a creative music activity. Six papers are included in this thesis, where the first three approach the acoustics and performance of scratching, and the second three approach scratch modeling and the DJ interface.