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February 02nd, 2014 | No Comment | Category: Reviews
The Science of the Scratch

Long before hip-hop went digital, mixtapes, those floppy discs of the boombox and car stereo, facilitated the spread of choice beats and rhymes. But the rhythms encoded in those messages started as grooves in records. Manually manipulating moment-events, DJs hacked the whole of recorded music, datamining dusty crates of vinyl for just the right beats, breaks, and blasts. Bruce Sterling (1986) writes, “Scratch music, whose ghetto innovators turn the phonograph itself into an instrument, producing an archetypal Eighties music where funk meets Burroughs’ cut-up method” (p. xii). Kodwo Eshun (1998) goes further: “…the …