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    Hello. I don't quite understand the underlined word, scratchy here.
    Would you please tell me what it means in this context?
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    from Shingaling by R. J. Palacio-------------
    Ascension, in its world premiere at the Nelly Regina Theater, is the stunning debut by choreographer Petra Echevarri,
    recent graduate of Juilliard and winner of the Princess Grace Award. A mesmerizing reinterpretation of the dance fads of the ’60s
    —as seen through the Kodachromic lens of the author’s childhood in NYC’s Barrio—this piece is a riveting and joyful homage
    to the scratchy, catchy, and soon-to-be-lost tracks of the decade.

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    Re: scratchy

    In this context, scratchy refers to the imperfect reproduction of sound, especially music, via the ancient plastic or vinyl records. Scratchiness was eliminated with the advent of digital music reproduction when the CD was introduced circa 1977.
    Last edited by probus; 22-Jan-2017 at 03:57.

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