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Scratch [Original Soundtrack]
     

Scratch [Original Soundtrack]

 
Scratch, the soundtrack to a turntablism documentary by Doug Pray, presents performances from some of the best DJs in history, all the way from Grand Wizard Theodore ("inventor" of the tweak scratch, who's heard explaining its origins during the intro) through to Young Turks like DJ Faust and DJ Disk. In between lie over 20 years of scientific madness, much of

Overview

Scratch, the soundtrack to a turntablism documentary by Doug Pray, presents performances from some of the best DJs in history, all the way from Grand Wizard Theodore ("inventor" of the tweak scratch, who's heard explaining its origins during the intro) through to Young Turks like DJ Faust and DJ Disk. In between lie over 20 years of scientific madness, much of it (overly) informed by the soundtrack's compiler/constructor/producer, Bill Laswell, who's acted as turntablism's most important (or most connected) flag-waver ever since his 1996 Altered Beats compilation brought together far-flung mixers from New York's Prince Paul to San Francisco's DJ Q-Bert to Japan's DJ Krush. Except for a few interview snippets throughout, Scratch focuses mostly on tracks from the very best in the business: MixMaster Mike, Q-Bert, DJ Disk, Rob Swift, and even the often overlooked Grandmixer DXT. Highlights include "Skin Cracked Canals," a duet freakout featuring DJ Disk with guitar menace Buckethead, and "Rockit 2.002," an all-star jam on the 1982 Herbie Hancock classic -- and commercial genesis of scratching -- featuring half a dozen current DJs (MixMaster Mike, Rob Swift, Q-Bert, Faust, Babu, Shortee) cutting up over the original. True to form, several tracks from Laswell-related projects are recycled here. Still, give Laswell credit for a tight, entertaining compilation: There's no dead air here and, as difficult as it is to sustain energy for a project like this over the course of 45 minutes, he accomplishes the mission.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/12/2002
Label:
TRANSPARENT MUSIC
UPC:
0686325001726
catalogNumber:
50017

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. Prologue/Faust Scratches
  2. [Live Excerpt]
  3. Primo's X-Ecution
  4. [Live Excerpt]
  5. Re-Animator
  6. Mixmaster Mike Speaks (Interlude)
  7. Rockit 2.002
  8. Cut Chemist Speaks (Interlude)
  9. Turntable Transformer
  10. Interlude
  11. [Live Excerpt]
  12. Crazy 2 Crazy
  13. DJ Shadow Speaks (Interlude)
  14. Invasion of the Octopus People
  15. Jazzy Jay and Afrika Bambaataa Speak (Interlude)
  16. All 4 One
  17. Afrika Bambaataa Speaks Again (Interlude)
  18. Skin Cracked Canals
  19. Interlude
  20. Cut Transmitter
  21. Universal Noize Maker
  22. Faust Scratches, Qbert and Mixmaster Mike Speak (Interlude)
  23. My Style

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Faust   scratching
Jazzy Jay   Voices
Afrika Bambaataa   Voices
DJ Premier   Track Performer
DJ Krush   Track Performer
Mix Master Mike   Voices
DJ Shadow   Voices
DJ Babu   Track Performer
Rob Swift   Track Performer
Invisibl Skratch Piklz   Track Performer
X-ecutioners   Track Performer
Cut Chemist   Voices
DJ Faust   Track Performer
Grand Wizard Theodore   Voices
Shortee   Track Performer
Cat5   Track Performer
Eddie Def   Track Performer
Boogie Boy   Track Performer
Qbert   Voices

Technical Credits

Bill Laswell   Arranger,Producer,Remixing,Construction
Buckethead   Arranger,Producer
Robert Musso   Engineer
DJ Disk   Arranger,Producer
Billy Jam   Producer
Shepard Fairey   Cover Art
Brad Blondheim   Executive Producer
GrandMixer DXT   Arranger
Ernest Meza   Executive Producer

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