One Record Movement, Many Possibilities

The record movement TTMSometimes you find 1 little discovery opens up many possibilities. One such discovery for me was this simple record movement.

It’s simply a quick forward and backward, followed by a long forward, followed by a quick backward and forward, followed by a long forward.

I first started using when I decided to try and do a chip flare with a chirp at each end, this is done by doing a chirp followed by a 1 click flare followed by a chirp backwards followed by a 1 click flare backwards. After learning this pattern I started to find all the other possibilities. Here I’ll try and show you what possibilities are available with just this 1 record movement pattern.


You can vary the timing of this pattern a few ways, the 2 main ways I can think about are

  1. a triplet pattern where you do 2 short movements each for the same duration and the 3rd longer movement quickly so it lasts the duration of 1 of the shorter ones. The full pattern is 6 parts.
  2. or a 4/4 pattern where you do 2 short movements each for the same duration and the 3rd longer movement last as long as the to shorter movements together. This the full patter is then 8 parts (1 for each short movement and 2 for each long movement).

Clicks on the changes of direction

You can apply clicks on any of the places where the record changes direction and different combinations can make very different sounds.

The orange dots represent all changed of a direction where you can choose to put a click.

Possibilities with the long movements

On the long movement you can can add as many clicks as you like on the long movements, again creating different sounds. Also adding tears, pats or swipes here can create even more possibilities.

You can add all sorts of clicks and tears on the long movement (marked in orange).

You can add all sorts of clicks, tears and pats along the long moments (marked above in orange).

Flaring the short movements

Rather than having clicks on the changes of direction on short movement you can add clicks on the moment to create flares.

You can also break up the short movements with flares.

Some examples

There are a lot of possible combos as a result of this pattern, there is no way I can cover them all but here are a few examples:


Here are a few examples of combos made up using this record pattern and clicks.


Here are some examples combos using this record pattern. The tears in these examples could also be pats or swipes or combinations of these techniques.


The autobahn scratch was invented by DJ Rafik and made famous with the release of Qbert’s Skratchlopidia Breaktanica DVD. On the DVD Rafik demos the scratch both fast and slow, however however in actual fact he does 2 different variations of the scratch. Here I will just talk about the slow version as the fast version doesn’t use this record moment.

The slow autobahn scratch is simply this record movement we are talking about here with some clicks added. When I first tried to work it out I actually got it wrong and came up with this scratch:

However the correct way to do the slow autobahn scratch is actually like this:

I will follow this post up with a post on how to do the fast version of this autobahn scratch for anyone who is interested and now seen how it’s done yet.

More complex combos

Finally here are some more complex patterns which combine tears and clicks:

Remember there are lots more variations of this which I have not covered so have a play and see what you come up with!

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