Side A contains an instrumental beat called Calcination – named after the first of the 7 steps of Alchemy, according to many spiritual writings on the subject. The theme of Alchemy continues from Simiah’s previous release with Cut & Paste Records – The Alchemy Files – and Calcination was thought of as a hidden extra from the EP.
Side B contains some of Cut & Paste’s trademark skip-proof vocal samples, for any DJ wanting to stand out with original style and cuts.
They’re all arranged at at 83.33 BPM to match to the tempo of beats featured on the entire Alchemy project. This speed works well for regular turntables with +/- 8% pitch. (Many of our other records are specifically aimed at users of turntables with Ultrapitch of +/- 50%).
Another feature of the skip-proof side is that the sounds are configured in loops with 5 beats per rotation, like a 5- point star or a pentagon. When scratching over regular 4/4 beats, this can lead to some interesting results as the irregular patterns are manipulated into new sequences. There is also a lock-groove tone at the end of each side, designed to be played with the pitch adjustment on a turntable. Both tones are played in the same key for ease of use when switching between them.
“Alchemy” – to purify, mature, and perfect certain objects.
Side A: 01 – Calcination 02 – Bonus Skratch Samples