Scratch

Film, Documentaries

Time Out says

A competent, fairly comprehensive history of scratching records, this works through the history and methodology of what's now - judging by equipment sales - a more popular musical pastime than playing guitar. The film's a bit muffled when it comes to explaining the insider slang (beat-boxing?); nor is it particularly strong visually, being heavily dominated by talking heads and stuttering turntables, although the editing is often razor-sharp. Rather, the film's strength is in its cast of characters: everyone from Afrika Bambaataa and Grand Master Flash, DJs Shadow, Krush, Jazzy Jay and Shortee to the Invisibl Skratch Piklz pop up to disseminate their ideas, experience and techniques (cue home demos a go-go). Grand Master DST - of Herbie Hancock's 'Rocket' fame - and DJ Q-Bert win most of the acclaim for influence past and present; both Q-Bert and Mix Master Mike, it transpires, talk to aliens.

Details

Release details

Duration:
87 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Doug Pray, Bonner Bellew
Screenwriter:
Doug Pray
Cast:
Afrika Bambaataa
Yoga Frog
Mix Master Mike
DJ Q-Bert
DJ Shadow
DJ Swamp
DJ Krush
DJ Jazzy Jay
DJ Shortee
Grand Wizard Theodore
Grand Master Flash
Grand Master DST