Something For The Weekend: DJ Kypski & $jammie The Money Present The Clocktave

The Clocktave is a scratch tool to make music with. It is based on just one concept: the Clocktave. A Clocktave (Clock-Octave) is a note scale to scratch with, ranging from 1 to 4 octaves. The notes of the octaves are divided between exactly one rotation of the record. Every note of the scale appears at the same position over and over, regardless of which octave you are in.

After practicing, the Clocktave system allows you to find the right notes intuitively. This way, melodies can be played without having to bring your arm forth and back to reach the pitch-control and keeping the natural sound of the instruments in every single note. Great for scratching basslines, lead melodies, adlibs, chords, you name it.

Track 1 is a tuning tone, a perfect ‘C’ note. Before use, tune this tone using your pitch control to the root note of the music you want to Clocktave to. This is very important, so you  might want to practise this first. The root note C is the most important note of the entire record. Almost every Clocktave starts with the C note. Make sure that every Clocktave starts at exactly 12 o’clock. How? Put a marker on your record or scratching interface, move the marker to 12 o’ clock position, and then press the cue point of the Clocktave section that you want to use, for example: ‘Strings’ . Congratulations, your Clocktave record is now correctly configured and you are ready to go. With the C note at 12 o’ clock, you can now start to scratch melodies.

Now, the melodies won’t come out by it self, you’ll have to put all your melodic creativity and scratch technique into it. This time the melodies aren’t on the record but in your head. Try to get what’s in your head out of the speakers. Practice and experiment, and use your ears well.

Find demonstration videos on YouTube to see what you can do with Clocktaves:

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