New-Age, Old School, Futuristic, Medieval skratch cutting!!
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
Geebuz! This just goes to show how much of a badass he was 20+ years ago.
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.
Skratch DJs and Drummers is really a match made in musical heaven.
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“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.
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…
FaderFest 2011 SF promo featuring members of the Legendary DJ Group Invisbl Skratch Piklz
featuring Dj QBert, Dj Shortkut, Dj D-Styles & Dj Yogafrog.
Producer / Editor: RomeDigs
Videographer(s) Lorenzo Escalante
Graphics: Ted Isla
Music: Jay Clef
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
On my recent visit to San Diego, got a chance to link up with fellow skratch artists to jam in broad daylight. Nothing better than a tables full of tables. Some of the featured DJ’s include Rayted R, Konfusion (Handdroidz), IQ (Handdroidz), and Juyadek amongst others.
I personally like when i slam the cam down (around 01:50), forgetting it was my turn to cut.
We’ve waited for something like this for the last 10 years or so. I remember falling out of my chair when I first heard about this reunion. Mind you, these dudes are two of the biggest reasons of why I do what I do. Realizing that I couldn’t actually make it out to the live show due to homeward obligations, I decided to go cry over spilled milk, wiped my tears over my neighbor’s dog’s fur, then listened to Wave Twisters, Phantazmagorea, and watched the KlamzUv Deth battle. Before proceeding with any further depression, I had an epiphany. We live in the age of technology advances, and I remembered that YouTube is pretty much the best thing invented since sliced bread a.k.a. interwebz.
Enjoy! As I have…
Big ups this dude for the recording…
Long live I.S.P!!!!!!….in memory
I am proud to announce that Monday, January 31, 2011, marks the official launch of SkratchMore.com’s Youtube Channel, up and running full force with a tiny handful of skratch segments spanning from the multi-gigabyte hard drive archives of the early 00’s to the present day hand-to-vinyl ‘table massacre, documented through various pairs of hawaiian eyes, that is, the point of view from a few of Hawaii’s finest deejays in the game; from humble beginnings to the ninth inning; from aspiration to inspiration.
To the gradual rise, fall, & stagnation of Hawaii’s scene, we’re just trying to do our part in moving forward and/or backwards in the sense of the term ‘skratch’. This channel is probably long overdue, but by finally getting a hold of a firewire cable after many years, video docs are now a part of the arsenal. My plan is to disappear for a few months and leave these moving multicolored imprints for you to enjoy. Hope it works. Here’s to seeds and sprouts.
Subscribe now, if you wish. Videos will be made public on the 31st.
In appreciation of these fine artists, to bring in this new year/decade, I decided to recreate the “unofficial dubstep anthem” of the new year with my mash potato mixup/tribute of Excision & Datsik’s “Boom” tune. Probably one of the first tracks that really turned me into this sort of dub stepson of a monster. I played the ruff version at the turn of the year (12am HST) at Into11 for the few folks who decided to stay in the side room. Then I reached home later that night and decided to rev it up even more. This is the outcome, the tribute to the artist(s), and the product of inspiration that I share with you. Welcome to 2011.
I often find myself underestimating my holiday season. In, out, and round ’bout this time of the year, I expect many joyous things to happen for myself and others, which usually occurs in the most unexpected ways. For example, the total lunar eclipse of the winter solstice. I’ve waited for that moment to happen for long enough, and when the time comes. CLOUDS! …I guess it was meant for us to see with our eyes closed. Pineal gland sessions!
Another example would be to see friends and family that return home to be back in paradise. That’s always welcomed and wanted. No gripes.
Or, the many holiday greeting cards/token gifts from your neighborhood 99 cent store that you get from your circle of folk. Sure, it’s a nice gesture, and they obviously mean well, with blessings and compassion towards you and your great self. …But really, what am I suppose to do with this meaningless wallet, this random nonsensical keychain, or this two-fold piece of tree with empty words in it? “Thank you, friend” but no thanks. I have no room for my own clutter, please do away with that and just a simple exchange a verbal howdy do, and a shaka should suffice. Merry Christmas, Happy new Year and such.
Anyway, with that rant outta the way, the real reason I write today is to humbly apologize to those who have anywhere near a fifth of an ounce of care at all about this project that I began a little less than a month ago, before the rush of the holidays brushed over us like a gush of rainwater from the atmos above. I went into this project with a mindset of improvement, and to share this “improvement”. That is, 12 recordings of skratch progression within the month was the goal, as in the 12 days of Christmas…corny I know, thanks. (Which by the way, I never understood. There’s only 1 day, and 24 other days of hype and stressful weathering away of your kindness and gratitude. Oh well.) So, what this project ended up being is more like 1 & 2 skratch/skrape (scrape/cut/scratch…you get it) recordings of regression. Time takes a toll on yourself, the days become shorter, and the night’s stretch out to an everlasting sparkly harvesting of the moon’s energy. It’s not bad thing though, not bad at all.
I guess what I mean to say is that this will change from being the ‘skrapes of Xmas’ to the ongoing random recordings out of boredom, redressing beats with sounds as my art of decorum of sorts is pointed in the right direction of motivation, movement, improv, improvement. Yes! That’s I meant to do. Well…I suppose, you can listen to part 1 and 2 of 2 and wait with me on what will move me next. Turntable pivot, Carry on!
A little taste of what to expect on the full length mixtape. Thanks for the support, folks. Enjoy.
Full length Mix can be picked up here ——————————->
Spent Hallow’s Eve carvin and cam-capturin’. After developing an increasingly productive year working closely with the fellas over at Flip The Bird Entertainment, it’s only proper to pay respect in the most festive of forms. My orange ode to the “Bird of Paradise…”