2018. márc. 11.

Scratch (HipHop DJ Documentary)

A feature-length documentary film about hip-hop DJing, otherwise known as turntablism. From the South Bronx in the 1970's to San Francisco now, the world's best scratchers, beat-diggers, party-rockers, and producers wax poetic on beats, breaks, battles, and the infinite possibilities of vinyl.

Scratch starts with an origin story. Grand Wizard Theodore (the "Thomas Edison of the movement") recalls the day, way back in 1975, when his grandmother told him to turn down the music he was making in front of his Bronx River Houses apartment. In order to hear her, he put his hand on the turntable, holding the record in place. As he moved his hand, slightly, a new sound rose up. And so, he smiles, scratching was born.

“Scratch” tells story behind the origins of the turntable as musical instrument, decades before Baz Luhrmann’s thwarted attempt to dramatize the rise of disco and hip hop in “The Get Down.”
From the South Bronx in the ’70s to the techno scene as it was in 2001, the film features key players in the early days of turntablism, many of them just teenagers when they first discovered the hypnotic musical possibilities of scratching a record.
As one DJ recalls, the first vinyl he scratched was his mother’s Joan Baez record. “Surfwise” director Doug Pray does his due diligence, providing an overview of DJ-ing techniques, philosophies, and styles, delivering an dynamic piece suitable for experts and laypeople alike. —JD