DJGrand Mixer DXT (formerly Grand Mixer D.St as in Delancey Street, born Derek Howells) is credited with inventing turntablism, the rhythmic scratching of a record on a turntable, then using different velocities to alter the pitch of the note or sound on the recording, making the turntable a fully performable and improvisational instrument (Alberts 2002). He is also credited with greatly helping to popularize DJing through his scratching on Herbie Hancock's single "Rockit" from the Bill Laswell produced album Future Shock. The music video for "Rockit" was extremely popular on MTV. DJ or dj may stand for Disc jockey, dinner jacket The DeadJournal website, or Djibouti. ... Turntablism is a subgenre of pop music which emerged from hip hop. ... Scratching is a DJ or turntablist technique originated by Grand Wizard Theodore, an early hip hop DJ from New York (AMG). ... Record is also a music album by Montreal-based band Sofa. ... A turntable is any rotating platform: a phonograph (or the platter of), for playing phonograph records (often utilised by hip hop DJs to play and mix or scratch vinyl records, such as a 45-RPM EP) a device used at some railroad facilities to turn a locomotive or other rolling... In music, pitch is the perception of the frequency of a note. ... Improvisation is the act of making something up as you go along. ... Scratching is a DJ or turntablist technique originated by Grand Wizard Theodore, an early hip hop DJ from New York (AMG). ... Herbie Hancock Herbert Jeffrey Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is a jazz pianist and composer from Chicago, Illinois, USA. Hancock is one of jazz musics most important and influential pianists and composers. ... Rockit was a single from Herbie Hancocks 1983 album Future Shock. ... Bill Laswell (born December 2, 1950) is a prolific bassist, producer, and record label owner who has collaborated with hundreds of musicians all over the world. ... A music video (also video clip, promo) is a short film meant to present a visual representation of a popular music song. ...-1...
Scratch and the Hip-Hop Book of Grand Mixer DXT (http://www.digidesign.com/digizine/archive/digizine_october02/feature/) by Randy Alberts, Oct. 2002
DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash laid some of the groundwork, but it was DJGrand Wizard Theodore who accidentally isolated the single most important technique in turntablism: he put his hand on a record one day, to silence the music while his mother was calling out to him.
More sophisticated methods of scratching were developed later, which involve moving the fader on the mixer in a rhythmic manner while scratching, giving a wide variety of different sounding scratch effects.
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