New-Age, Old School, Futuristic, Medieval skratch cutting!!
These are my two friends from back in the day (but not really):
Dayvon & Parlous…
…and their (now my) friends, a video camera and a turntable.
This is the result of my artist-musician-friend, Luly and I’s collaborative efforts in creating an Akai MPC2000XL chocolate cake replica for my homeboy, Stu, of Audible Lab Rats (HI)
As she’s already a cake bakin’ master, this was my first attempt at using fondant to bend, paint, create, swing and stretch to form the model. From working atop a Ping Pong table, to making a gigantic mess, it was all worth the outcome. Collaborative creative minds work well together.
and the aftermath…
Here is the actual model used:
the artists and the birthday boy, featuring a bottle of Crown and some Chantilly gooeygoodness!
ehh, not bad, for my first try ah!?
SWEET LYCHEE PRODUCTIONS X RUDIFIED MEDIA presents
Held on Saturday 01/07/12 at Nextdoor AND thirtyninehotel from 7pm-2am. We will showcasing Hawaii’s hip-hop talent like emcees, bands, DJs, producers, graffiti artists, and more. We will also be having vendors selling their merchandise that revolve around Hawaii hip-hop.
The money made from this event will be REINVESTED into the local hip-hop scene through KTUH’s Got Rice? Show. Jus Bone, (Got Rice? Show’s DJ) has been providing shows for us since…forever. He has brought down great main acts as well as helped local talent emerge into the scene. He works hard to put on these shows for free. He does not get paid for it. The money made from the night of the event will help expand his budget so that he can put on more local hip-hop shows FOR US.
Ticket Price: $10 (one price will get you access to both venues!)
We will also be selling 808 SPEAKERBOX merchandise!
PERFORMANCES AT NEXTDOOR BY:
Ill Hill Society
Broke Mokes & The Kinfoke
Audible Lab Rats
DJ/PRODUCER SETS AT THIRTYNINEHOTEL BY:
Photo booth by Hawaii Photo Rental
Thank you to our Kickstarter backers & sponsors!
Got Rice? Show
Hawaii Photo Rental
Loft In Space
PROCEEDS FROM THIS SHOW WILL GO TO HAWAII HIP-HOP!
For more information…
One of many other videos of our Practice Q & A Session 12-15-11
Other videos are uploaded here at http://www.youtube.com/user/boayproductions
This is a great concept, especially for our Hawaii scene. An ongoing online rhyme fest in and out of fun. I really want to see this thing go far out into the world. Bombz explains the details, Osna elaborates a bit more, TKO gives you a tour of his home, and Omega6 serves his justice well with an amazing display of words.
These guys are trippin me the funk out. Probably one of the funnest Skratch Q & A segments to date.
Truly an honor to know them both.
stay tuned … at the light of the full moon … another journey ahead …
Skratch DJs and Drummers is really a match made in musical heaven.
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Another subphonical Friday is upon us…Drum & Bass all night…See y’all at Mercury.
more info on Grym here:
“DJ Packo – Cityscape”
Highlights from the tremendously fantastic LA GOT ALOHA show at the Dragonfly in Hollywood Ca.
Video by Pete Ulatan for NAKAMABRAND.COM
Soundtrack mix, mastered and provided by DJ PACKO for SKRATCHMORE.COM
(excerpt from site)
“Paulskeee rocks coast to coast with Cros1′s Freestyle Session x Rock The Bells tour in Cali & NYC. Then get your notepad ready as the Legendary BBoy Float drops gems growing up as a BBoy in NYC in the late 70s – 80s.
Music by DJ Packo, Rasheed Chappell & http://www.swtbrds.com”;
The flyer says it all. Unlike a tomato-stuffed, bandaged hippo’s mouth cavity.
Some strive for perfection, others strive to maintain it. Then there’s Little Dragon, the band who embodies that whole perfection jive. Amongst a sold out crowd, I’m fortunate to have witnessed the talents and auras that is Little Dragon. Exhilaration took over my emotions as they took the stage. I’m convinced that this has been among the highlights of my 2011. Some things come into your life at a perfect time, sans coincidences, since they really don’t exist anymore. Timing is everything and Little Dragon is just that: on time, in tune, and outrageously great at what they do. Probably one of the best live bands that I’ve seen in a minute. At no surprise, I was moved on how much they sound and play like their records, never missing a beat. The band’s chemistry is impressive, as they all take you on their own little journeys in the mind. And, if marrying a voice was ever physically possible, I would give Yukimi’s a fat diamond right on that C-Note of hers. Last night was true beauty exemplified through music and dance.
Please visit the following links for more info and pics by your favorite local journalists:
-Gary Chun: Review: Little Dragon at Next Door
-Tracy Chan: Party Pics: Little Dragon
oh, and just for kicks, watch these again, and again…
DJ Matt Kee's Birthday Bash Featuring: Urban Assault: Faust & Shortee Heavy Artillery Recordings | 2x4 turntable set * As seen on the documentary “SCRATCH” Triple tag team set by: Miki Mayhem Miko Franconi - Soundsex & Matt Kee - KTUH – Birthday Boay 3x4 Turntable Set: Packo vs Techmarcher Betamorph Recordings / SubMana / BOAY / Pure coalition Mic Support by: MC Seph One - KTUH Solo DJ Sets by: Toki - Slow & Low IKON - Special Drumstep Set [illeven:eleven | Future Sound of Breaks | Dirty Fabric | Boogie Monsters | Bassick Soundsystem] DJ TJ - KTUH Bass-X - AudioLab
Thursday October 6th 2011
9PM | $15 pre-sale, $20 at the door | 19 & up
More info at Next Door HNL
A great review of the L.A. Got Aloha trip/event here: http://www.suspendmag.com/2011/08/so-much-aloha-feat-la-got-aloha-2011/
a few snaps from the night/site…
The following article was reposted from Kwote Music: http://kwotemusic.com/pitchvariation.html. A great read regarding scratching techniques, and how many DJ’s should really incorporate pitch adjusting in their scratch style:
PITCH VARIATION – A MATTER OF URGENCY
Courtesy of ©2011 Kwotemusic
Scratching is a lot like your emotions. It can be very reserved and almost non expressive, or it can be full of intensity. Imagine if you had an emergency and you had to convey it immediately to the person next to you. It’s safe to assume that if you kind of mumbled the message in a lifeless way, they probably wouldn’t take you seriously. However, that is not the typical way we express ourselves during an emergency situation.
The opposite can also be true. If you were at the dinner table and you were asking the person next to you to pass the salt, you probably wouldn’t act too alarmed about it. However, many times in scratching we tend not to express the right emotions at the right times. Even worse we simply don’t express much at all. Working on pitch variation and the timing of such variations is a great way to pull yourself out of the dark cell you may be currently imprisoning yourself in.
Don’t Throw Away The Key
Speaking of prison, if you were in a jail cell and you had the key you’d most likely open the cell and make a break for it. So why is it that we often place ourselves into boxes we think we can’t get out of? Often times it boils down to focusing too much on the problem and not the solution.
A great way to avoid self imposed limitation is to focus in on pitch variation. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced at scratching, you’ve probably painted yourself into a corner enough times. By taking what you already know and working on expanding the pitch range of it, you can greatly expand your expressive capabilities.
Hey! Look Out!
Various pitches communicate various things. Extremely high pitches communicate tension and intensity. On the other hand, extremely low pitches communicate release or a relaxed state of being. There are times to be intense and there are times not to. Our goal when relying on pitch to express what we want is to use it at the times it is necessary to convey such emotions.
The range of pitch in scratching is immense. For those familiar with turntables that have ultra pitch functions, you realize the pitch can go 50% faster or slower than the original speed of the record. With such a vast amount of octaves to play in the options reach far and wide. The best part is you don’t even need an ultra pitch turntable to access this amazing pitch range. It can all be done manually when executing your techniques.
This is a great attribute for scratching to have because it represents all the different levels of intensity that scratching can have. Some examples of situations that call for certain levels of intensity would have to do with the melodic and rhythmic content of the beat you are scratching over. If the melody of the beat is laid back, you could compliment the beat with some lower, more even tempered pitches. If the beat is fast and the drums are pounding strong, high pitch scratching would be a great way to add to that intensity. Likewise, you may want to subtract from the mood at times when it becomes too intense by scratching in the lower pitch range.
There are times when you may want to cut the variations down and simply stay within a tighter pitch range. Situations like this may include a beat where the overall mood is very static and you want to match that mood throughout the length of the track. Or perhaps the chorus is meant to only express one type of feeling and you want to match that emotion. These examples are by no means all inclusive. The challenge and the fun for you as the artist is to think and discover multitudes of ways to use pitch variation to your advantage.
To The Moon Alice!
As you can see, there’s a myriad of possibilities within the concept of pitch. It is important to realize that for every scratch you can do, there’s a chance to do it in a variety of alternate pitches. It’s truly a multiplier of all your scratch vocabulary. Whether it’s a scratch you’ve been doing for years, or something you just picked up, the concept of pitch expansion can and should be applied.
A good way to get tons out of this concept is to place limitations on yourself. Imagine you’re a painter and you’ve decided to paint a mountainside. However, you only have three colors on your paint palette. You want to paint a brown mountain that has many different cracks, crannies, nooks and shadows. The three colors you’re restricted to using are brown, white and black. While that may seem like an extreme limitation, the reality is anyone with decent painting experience could tell you it’s more than enough.
Now that you have a better idea of pitch and its function in the greater world of self expression, it’s an excellent time to start experimenting with it. Even if you just begin using it a little bit, you’ll notice quickly how much of an impact it will have on your ability to express yourself more effectively. You may even have extensive experience in building your pitch vocabulary. Despite that fact, it is likely you are neglecting at least some aspect of your scratching that could benefit from a wider range of pitch choices. Start being heard more. Demand people’s attention!
For more information on how to improve your scratching, go to http://kwotemusic.com and sign up to my newsletter where I feature free lessons monthly.
Courtesy of ©2011 Kwotemusic
06-27-11 : Next Door Honolulu
I get the pleasure of spinning the tunes beyond my time, for the folks of Honolulu, Hawaii. It’s gonna be the best night of my life (for this week, at least)
To make things even more humbling, I am joined by one of the West Coast’s ‘tablist favorites, Vinroc (Triple Threat DJ’s / 5th Platoon).
Plaid or bell bottoms…? maybe both…
Thanks to the folks over at Space & Sound, we should be in for quite a treat. I’m pretty hyped to see what BM’s got in store for us. It’ll be an honor to share the same stage with the audio/visual conundrum, himself. Big Isle in effect!
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