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Until May 14th, I’d never seen Qbert perform live.  I’d been following his career since I was 13, seen Wavetwisters more times than I like to admit, even been to the famous Octagon Lair a couple times – but I’d still never seen a “DJ Qbert show”.  I had recently moved to the Bay area so I knew it was just a matter of time before Q would play a show within driving distance. So when I heard he was playing at Yoshi’s in San Francisco, I had to be there.

As an active part of QSU, I was in a unique position.  After discussing it with the Thud Rumble team, we decided to document the night for the QSU community. This was a special show for Q, as he was...

May 19, 2011

I’m often asked by students: why does Qbert scratch in reverse? What they mean is, why is the crossfader in the reverse setting (aka hamster style). Before I get into that, let me break down a few things. Traditionally, DJs use two turntables with a mixer in the middle. The crossfader on the mixer cuts the sound in and out from the right and left turntable by sliding the fader to the right or left.  Scratching (or ‘skratching’ as we like to say at QSU) is the manipulation of a sound on a turntable, pushing the record back and forth in a percussive way to create a new sound. The crossfader is used to cut the sound in and out while manipulating the record, and there’s a whole vocabulary and language for the different scratches and combos (for those interested in learning to speak the skratch language, join QSU!).  

In the ‘regular’ setting, when the crossfader is on the left you hear what’s...

May 12, 2011

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