THE SCRATCH SOUND

The Scratch sound has its origins in the accidental or unconventional use of a disk record. The sound has a strong noise component because scratching the needle on the disk greatly alienates the original sound material. The sound is usually used percussively.

Scratching has become a sound signature of Hip Hop music.

INTERVIEWS

"I've never thought about scratch samples ... scratching is handmade [GER]

– AndY.psilon

SOUNDSAMPLES

Cliche Scratch Sounds

1960William BurroughsSound Piece
1981Christian MarclayJukebox Capriccio
1986Herbie HancockRockit
1991DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh PrinceSummertime
1994Da BratFunkdafied

Hip Hop

1989Neeneh CherryBuffalo Stance
1992Die Fantastischen 4Plattenspieler
1993OnyxSlam
1994Salt 'n' PepaShoop
1999Will SmithWild Wild West
2003Missy Elliott Work
2003Nelly featuring St. LunaticsAir Force Ones

R&B

1997Mariah CareyHoney
1997Marc MorrisonReturn Of The Smack
1998Mase feat. TotalWhat You Want
2002Nelly feat. Keith RowlandDilemma

Alternative Hip Hop

1999Smash MouthAll Star
2001Crazy TownButterfly

Non-Hip Hop

1996HansonMMMbop
2000Christina AguileraCome On Over
2000Linkin ParkOne Step Closer
2011Bruno MarsThe Lazy Song

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