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Wednesday, December 15

Funky Dutch boys

Check this out (Rori): Retro 8-bit electronica by YMCK. They compose their tunes on a Famicom (Nintendo). Reminds me of a street musician Rori told me about who plays music on a Game Boy. I guess YMCK is a step up from that, but just barely.

Also, check out this Dutch "electronica" group called C-Mon & Kypski. They're kind of electronica stuff + live instrumental stuff + turntable and DJ sampling stuff, and dey is whack, yo! Click "Listen!" in the lower right of their website to listen to their tunes. Tracks like "Dazed and Confused" and "The Evil Needle" are kind of Indian sounding, but others are reggae, soul, African, funk or something else way out there. These guys are all over the show, and they're great! They're like a bunch of schizophrenic high schoolers with an ear for composition and an appreciation of all kinds of music. Not only that, they can play real instruments and rip it up on the turntables.

Here's what a reviewer had to say:
To describe C-mon & Kypski's music is as hard as playing soccer with a banana. People might find it even harder to describe what they do when they play their studio-recorded music live. They compose and produce in their home studio (El Crib), like any other producer does, we all know that method by now. But that is just one method of how C-mon & Kypski create their songs.

The other is this: C-mon & Kypski can also compose AND produce a song from 'scratch', on stage, in realtime. This includes live sampling, looping, the effects, the filters....and of course monstrous scratching action by six times national turntable champion Kypski. Starting with absolutely nothing, ending with freaked out, booming, skratchadelic funk d...etc
I'm usually not a big fan of electronic music because it's just so repetitive, uncompositional, and just plain uncreative, like some schmo sat down in front of a keyboard and played some chords over the same preprogrammed beat for five minutes straight. But these guys are awesome. I'm listening to "Ode to Rhodes" now. Wow, really nice.

The only other electronica album I really love is "Orchid" by Ishq, which is more ambient and serious, not funky and playful like C-Mon & Kypski.

Make sure to check out the "cloctaves" turntable vids on the site. What a virtuoso. This guy really knows what he's doing. So awesome.

From the site:
A 'Clocktave' is a note scale to scratch with, with a range of 2 to 4 octaves. The notes of the octaves are divided between exactly ONE rotation of a record so when you look at the record as if it were a clock, the root note of the scale will always appear at, let's say 12 o' clock, depending on where you have your orientation sticker or marker. As a result, all notes within one of the 3 octaves of the scale are to be found within one rotation, and when you get the hang of it, you know exactly what notes to play (scratch) because of the 'root-note orientation point' and you'll learn different note combo's (melodies). Great for organ solo's, piano solos, basslines, or just simple hooks.

Clocktaves are great for giving a true melodic approach to your scratching. It is like playing keys on your turntable. It is, also, a totally different way of thinking. And this is why some people might find them hard to use. Actually, if you succesfully want to use a clocktave in a band, or with other dj's, you'll have to start to think melodically and rhythmically at the same time. Whereas with most scratching, you just think rhythmically, with some pitch involved, but without the pitch being actual notes.

'But', you'd say, 'I could scratch an organ solo or a flute melody, those are notes!' Right you are, but the melody will mostly derive from the sample (the organ or flute player) itself, it wasn't you who created that whole melody yourself, from scratch, was it? This is where the 'different thinking' part comes in. Instead of a 'melodic scratchsample' , you now have just a 'note-scale', a range of tones waiting for you to make a melody out of it. All of a sudden you'll have to know what notes of that scale fit or don't fit in the key the music you scratch to is being played in. All of a sudden were from reverse engineering, back to forward engineering.

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