Watch GRAFFITI VERITE' 9 DJ
- 44 min
"Scratching is a DJ or turntablist technique used to produce distinctive sounds by moving a vinyl record back and forth on a turntable while manipulating the crossfader on a DJ mixer. Within hip hop culture, scratching is one of the measures of a DJ's skills." --Wikipedia.org Los Angeles, CA -- I don't know about you, but from where I sit the machinations of what a DJ actually does behind the "wheels" are downright fascinating. Consider the superior manual dexterity that is required to manipulate faders, switchers, equalizers, turntables (usually 2) all seemingly near simultaneous in their execution, in order to create a beat! Imagine? Watching those fingers move, teak, manipulate, skratch, push, slide and reverse actions are a sight-to-behold. The counter-intelligence at play here is awe-inspiring and unique. The ability to create a sound and move hundreds sometimes thousands of people to move rhymatically is Genius, yes Genius! Definition: A genius (plural genii or geniuses, adjective ingenious) is a person, a body of work, or a singular achievement of surpassing excellence. More than just originality, creativity, or intelligence, genius is associated with achievement of insight which has transformational power. A work of genius fundamentally alters the expectations of its audience. Genius may be generalized, or be particular to a discrete field such as sports, statesmanship, science, or art. These magicians convert raw sound or what some call noize into music. To watch a great DJ spin his magic is analogous to watching a master drummer or cellist or pianist do their thing. Only with turntablists you gotta turn up the speed dial to warp speed. How do they do that ?... and how do they process information that quickly? Brain to hand, instinct to hand, hand to brain, hands to equipment and what comes together is a "new Sound" reconfigured and wrapped around the accidental sculptured nature of the moment.