When I was a kid, I spent quite a while being fascinated by the record scratching in rap music. I wanted to figure out how to do it, but I didn’t have many of my own records and the only turntable we had was hooked to the old family stereo system in the living room. So since I didn’t want to fuck up the few records I had and because my folks would probably be pissed if they caught me doing so, I didn’t get a whole lot of time to play around with it.
What I did have though was a metric buttload of cassettes and my own tape recorders, not that any of it was any help because no matter how much I wished they could, cassettes couldn’t scratch.
Eventually, as kids do, I mostly forgot all about this wish of mine. I’d moved on to CD’s after a while and had mostly grown out of the hip-hop thing at least as much as I ever truly grow out of anything musical. The desire to scratch anything had pretty well past me bye, at least that’s what I thought until I discovered that some guy went and invented a way to scratch tape.
And here I thought I was the only one who ever wanted to do that!
I’m not sure how much of a need there is for this in 2014 (none seems about right), but it’s still pretty damn cool and I want to play with it.