Chirp Flare, Phases & Further Reduction Based Variations


Notes on Chirp Flare, Phases & Further Reduction based variations

The first row of notation describes an original Chirp Flare, followed by each of its subsequent phase patterns. A basic Chirp Flare has 6 equal sounds, with each sound performed in order from 1 to 6. With phase shifting, we alter the order a scratch is usually performed in to create subtle variations. The first phase of the Chirp Flare begins at the second sound of the original Chirp Flare pattern and so numerically follows the order 2 3 4 5 6 1… The second phase begins at the third sound of the original Chirp Flare and so numerically follows an order of 3 4 5 6 1 2 and so on and so forth.

Phase shifting effects how a technique is placed over the beat of the music you scratch to, so learning the phases of your patterns will naturally increase your phrasing possibilities and strengthen your familiarity with the technique it is applied to, at a much deeper level than the more traditional approach of learning patterns just forward and reverse.

The later notation rows begin with reduction based variations of the Chirp Flare pattern, followed by each of their subsequent phases… What I mean by the term ‘Reduction based variation’ is that you can take a complete scratch like the Chirp Flare and create new variations by removing aspects of the pattern. Reduction based variations transcribed in the notation each retain the original record motion of the Chirp Flare, but clicks are removed to create new related patterns (Chirp half forward or reverse Flares, and Baby to Flare patterns etc..) .

If you have a good grasp on the Chirp Flare then removing clicks from the original pattern (in most cases) won’t be as difficult as learning the original technique the first time round. With this process of reduction, 4 new combos are created based on the Chirp Flare, and phase shifting those 4 extra combos creates another 20 more variations on top of that. By the nature of their origin, these variations tend to be ideally suited as additional motifs to phrase together with the original Chirp Flare and serve to greatly expand creative options to the practiced performer.

With both reducution based variations & phase shifting; the more parts a scratch has, the more you can remove or reorder components, to create subtle variations of the original pattern. With practice, these new combinations are capable of sounding just as complete and complex as the original patterns they derive from.

In summary:

  • Phasing changes the sound order of a combination to create new variation.
  • Reduction based variations remove aspects from a complete combination to create new variation.