DJ@WAR’S GIVES SNEAK PEEK OF HIS NEW SCRATCH TRAINING APP, SKRATCHEZ [VIDEO]
Veteran UK DJ and turntablist, DJ@War lets the world in on what he’s been working on. In the video started to Facebook, DJ@War seems to be working on a new scratch training app.
The new app is SkratchEZ, and DJ@War discusses the new endeavor with DJcity.
What exactly are we looking at in this video?
This is one part of an application prototype I made for my final computing project. Basically, the concept is like DJ Hero but with real equipment. The game is a call and response: two bars of scratches are played for you, then you respond by trying to imitate what you just heard, and a score is given on how accurate you were. Then the process is repeated.
Awesome. So how did you come up with this idea and why?
It’s actually an idea I’ve had for about four years but didn’t have the skills to make it until last year. I thought, wouldn’t it be amazing if DJ Q-Bert’s DIY DVDs were updated with the technology we have today? Melodics was another big influence as well, with their finger drumming app. So many DJs I’ve met over the years have said, “I wish I could scratch,” but never had the patience to learn. Well, what if it was a game? I think that would motivate a lot of people to get on those decks!
Inspiring! This is obviously in the very early stages. How do you plan to expand development and what’s the overall goal?
Well, my big goal is that I have loads of ideas for the app and want to really push it forward to make it an interactive tool for people to learn and engage with DJing and turntablism. I think to make the app I want, it will take either investment or a collaborative effort with a company such as Serato or Melodics, but I’m going to keep pushing it forward.
Here’s one part of my final computing project…I created a DJ scratch game prototype. The game uses machine learning to give a score based on how accurately you can imitate scratches. Part of a bigger app I’m working on! Feel free to share and help get the word out 😁
Posted by Joshua Hodge on Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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