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Welcome to the official Ski Oakenfull Website.
Ski is an Artist, Keyboard player, Producer, Remixer and Composer living in London. Having started his career with The K-Creative who were signed to Gilles Peterson's Talkin' Loud label in 1991, he went on to release two solo albums, Life Changes & Rising Son, play keyboards with bands such as Galliano, Raw Stylus & Two Banks of Four, remix over 50 tracks, and work at Xenomania. He currently releases music on his own label, Primaudial Records, plays live with The Bays, writes & produces with artists such as Incognito, Joey Negro, Valerie Etienne and newly signed artist Murray James. He has an Ambient Electronic project called Ayota, and also does a bit of DJing in his spare time. When Ski is not cranking out his own beats, he manages to find time to tutor and develop courses at Point Blank Music School. Please have a look around this site, and feel free to leave a message.

Ski Oakenfull Radio Show #5 - Undercover Herbie Hancock with Tom O'Grady (Resolution 88)

Date: 
22 January, 2017

I was so happy to hook up with my friend and fellow Herbie Hancock fan Tom O’Grady to indulge in over two and half hours of Herbie related music plucked from his personal vinyl collection. Tom and I first met when we played keyboards together in Kirk DeGeorgio’s band ‘The Beauty Room’, and have stayed in close contact ever since.
Most recently we filmed a live deconstruction of ‘Chameleon’ for Point Blank Music School which you can check here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIR1O...


I hope you enjoy this selection as much as I did!

You can find out more about Tom’s amazing band Resolution 88 here:


http://www.resolution88.com/


https://resolution88.bandcamp.com/

Here's the full tracklist:

1. Caughtus Interruptus - Resolution 88 (2014)
2. Triaxial Development - Ponta Murakami / Jun Fukamachi (1976)
3. Butterfly - Peter Herbolzheimer (1976)
4. Amoroso - Eddie Henderson (1978)
5. Chameleon (Quadraphonic version) - Herbie Hancock (1974)
6. Song about the sun - Victoria (1971)
7. E.B.F.S. - Roger Glenn (1976)
8. Tales from home (Lendas) - Airto (1975)
9. Three Four or More - Resolution 88 (2016)
10. Main Title (Actual Proof) - Herbie Hancock (1973)
11. Chainey Do - Pointer Sisters (1975)
12. Black Pearl - Tatsuya Takahashi (1980)
13. Maiden Voyage - Sharon Redd, Ula Hedwig & Charlotte Crossley Formerly of the Harlettes (1978)
14. Golden Hours - Santana (1980)
15. Gentle Thoughts - Lee Ritenour (1977)
16. Hornets (take 2) - Herbie Hancock / Freddie Hubbard / Stanley Turrentine / Ron Carter / Jack DeJohnette / Eric Gale (1974)
17. Basic Laws - Miroslav Vitous (1976)
18. Phantom of the Oberheim - Resolution 88 (2016)

Ski Oakenfull Radio Show #4 - Disco Special with Valerie Etienne

Date: 
30 December, 2016

Enjoy over an hour of Disco indulgence with the one and only Valerie Etienne. I first met Val in 1994 when I joined the band Galliano to play keyboards, and we have maintained a close working relationship ever since. I set up my mobile studio in Val's kitchen and recorded this show on the 29th December 2016. You will notice several references to the Port she served throughout the show.
Happy New Year!

Thank you to Val for choosing so many great tracks!

Here's the full tracklist:

1. Check out the Groove 12” - Bobby Thurston (1980)
2. Runaway love - Linda Clifford (1978)
3. Can’t fake the feeling - Geraldine Hunt (1981)
4. Bourgie bourgie - Ashford & Simpson (1977)
5. Is it love you’re after - Rose Royce (1979)
6. Last Dance 12” - Donna Summer (1979)
7. The Boss - Dianna Ross (1979)
8. Watch Out - Brandi Wells (1981)
9. Love the feeling - Leroy Hutson (1976)
10. You know How - Phyllis Hyman (1979)
11. Outside - George Michael (1998)
12. Misunderstanding - Valerie Etienne (1999)
13. Sweet power your embrace - James Mason (1977)

Ski Oakenfull Radio Show #3 - Haruomi Hosono in the 2010's with Tomokazu Hayashi

Date: 
24 December, 2016

Hosono in the 2010’s – Roots music meets Techno

I am so happy to welcome back Tomokazu Hayashi for a second show! For this one, Tomo introduces Haruomi Hosono’s recent musical development.
After having expanded on experimental and electronic musics such as Techno and Ambient in the 1980s and 90s, Hosono then drastically turned his head to roots and standard popular music from which he drew his deepest influence and was his musical foundation.
Hopefully you will find some astonishing encounters between roots music and techno!

Thank you to Tomo for his extensive research, words and artwork.

Here's the full tracklist:

I. Intro

1. Hosono. ‘Kanashimi no Lucky Star’ (2011)
2. Hosono with Ann Sally. ‘Smile’ (2009)
3. Hosono. ‘Close To You’ (2015)
4. Hosono with Mitsuko Koike. ‘Only You’ (2007)

II. Hosono revisits Film Music

5. Alain Romans. ‘Mon Oncle’ (Film soundtrack. dir. Jacques Tati) (1958)
6. Nino Rota. ‘La Dolce Vita’ (Film soundtrack. dir. Federico Fellini) (1960)
7. Hosono. ‘Cadillac’ (2010)
8. Dolores Del Rio. ‘Ramona’ (1928)
9. Hosono. ‘Ramona’ (2011)

III. Hosono revisits Country and Western

10. Margaret Whiting. ‘Good Morning Mr. Echo’ (1951)
11. Swing Slow (Hosono & Miharu Koshi). ‘Good Morning Mr. Echo’ (1996)
12. Al Dexter. ‘Pistol Packing Mama’ (1942)
13. Bing Crosby. ‘Pistol Packing Mama’ (1943)
14. Hosono. ‘Pistol Packing Mama’ (2007)
15. Willy & Ruth. ‘Love Me’ (1954)
16. Elvis Presley. ‘Love Me’ (1956)
17. Hosono. ‘Love Me’ (2011)
18. Hosono. ‘Sports Men’ (1982)
19. Hosono. ‘Sports Men’ (2007)
20. Hosono. ‘Body Snatchers’ (1984)
21. Hosono. ‘Body Snatchers’ (2007)

IV. Hosono revisits his contemporaries

22. Bob Dylan. ‘When I Paint My Masterpiece’ (1971)
23. The Band. ‘When I Paint My Masterpiece’ (1971)
24. Hosono. ‘When I Paint My Masterpiece’ (2013)
25. Kraftwerk. ‘Radio Activity’ (1975)
26. Hosono. ‘Radio Activity’ (2013)
27. Hosono. ‘All La Glory’ (2013)

Band Aid - 'Do They Know It's Christmas': Ableton Live Deconstruction (Christmas FFL!)

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Happy Christmas!
This went out as a live stream at Point Blank on Friday 16th December 2016.
You can download the project here: http://ow.ly/WChH307cgXZ

Ski Oakenfull Radio Show #2 - Undercover YMO

Date: 
24 November, 2016

This show features a mix of some of my favourite YMO tracks together with solo releases from the three YMO members, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Harumoni Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi. There are also a few cover versions as well!
Here's the playlist:

Haruomi Hosono - Heliotherapy (1996)
YMO - Light in darkness (1981)
Haruomi Hosono - Gaplus (1984)
Señor coconut - Rydeen (2006)
Cornelius - Cue (2007)
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Riot in Lagos (2009)
Yukihiro Takahasi - Connection (1981)
Todd Terje and the Olsens - Firecracker (2016)
Haruomi Hosono Close to you (2013)
Haruomi Hosono - Rose and beast (1973)
Sadistic Mika Band - Silver Child (1973)
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Seed & The Sower (1983)
YMO - 1000 Knives (1981)
Maxence Cyrin - La Femme Chinoise (2009)
Haruomi Hosono & Tadanori Yokoo - Hepatitus (1978)
Sketch Show - Ekot (2003)
Haruomi Hosono - In Limbo (1982)
Haruomi Hosono - Hurricane Dorothy (1975)

Factual error alert!
In the podcast I said '1000 Knives' is from the YMO album 'Technodelic'. It's actually from 'BGM'. Apologies.

DJ Gig | Maestro of Yellow Magic - Haruomi Hosono in '70s and Now

I'll be DJing YMO (Yellow Magic Orchestra) inspired music at this event on Sunday 20th November 2016 with my friend Tomokazu Hayashi
Entry is free from 6.30PM so please try to come along!
Here's the schedue:

Lecture Part 1 (7:00PM-8:00PM)
Hosono in 1970s - The birth of Yellow Magic At the intervals
Ski Oakenfull DJ’s YMO-inspired music Lecture Part 2 (8.30PM-9.30PM)
Hosono in 2010s - Roots music meet Techno

Find out more and register your interest on the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1787717711506002/

Date: 
Sunday, November 20, 2016
DJ Gig | Maestro of Yellow Magic - Haruomi Hosono in '70s and Now

Ghostbusters – Ableton Live Deconstruction (Halloween Special FFL!)

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Happy Halloween!
This went out as a live stream at Point Blank on Friday 28th October 2016.
You can download the project here: http://www.pointblankmusicschool.com/download/content/downloads/free-sou...
And the acapella is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRhWVW-fFVg

Recording Tabla in Ableton Live (FFL!)

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This went out as a live FFL stream at Point Blank on Friday 30th September 2016. Thanks for Sirish Kumar Manji for the fantastic Tabla playing.

Prince - Sign O' The Times Deconstruction Live

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This went out as a live stream at Point Blank's open house event on Friday 9th September 2016

Ski Oakenfull Radio Show #1 - Haruomi Hosono in the 70's with Tomokazu Hayashi

Date: 
8 September, 2016

Welcome to my first radio show!
Inspired by two podcasts which accompany my walk to work every morning, namely The Adam Buxton Podcast and Song Exploder, I've decided to make my own radio show.
One day at the start of summer 2016, a flyer was thrust into my hand by a mother of a friend of my 5 year old daughter (probably too much information). It was advertising a lecture on the legendary Haruomi Hosono at Goldsmiths by her husband Tomo. For those that don’t know, Hosono was the founding member of one of my all time favourite Japanese bands, Yellow Magic Orchestra. Cut a long story short, I went along to it, loved it and was inspired to recreate the lecture as a radio show.
I enjoyed making it so much that I’d like to keep going (which is why I’ve tentatively added the ‘#1’). I just need to convince people to make a playlist of their favourite artist and chat about them for an hour. Please let me know if you’re interested in taking part!
I’d like to thank Tomo san for being so accommodating, and also letting me use his amazing drawing of Hosono for the artwork.
Here’s a list of the tracks we played. I hope you enjoy them and manage to learn something about Haruomi Hosono. (we’re already planning part 2!)

YMO - Rydeen (1979)
Yumi Arai (Yuumin) - Yasashisa ni tsutsumareta やさしさに包まれたなら (1974)
Happy End - Kaze wo atsumete 風をあつめて (1971)
James Taylor - You've got a friend (1971)
Happy End - Fu Rai Bo 風来坊 (1973)
Happy End - Sayonara America, Sayonara Nippon (1973)
Haruomi Hosono - Koi wa momo iro 恋は桃色 (1973)
Haruomi Hosono - Chattanooga Choo Choo (1975)
Carmen Miranda - Chattanooga Choo Choo (1942)
Glenn Miller Orchestra - Chattanooga Choo Choo (1941)
Haruomi Hosono - Peking Duck (1976)
Haruomi Hosono - Bon Voyage 泰安洋行 (1976)
Haruomi Hosono - Firecracker (Live) (1976)
Martin Denny - Firecracker (1959)
Haruomi Hosono (Harry Hosono and The Yellow Magic Band) - Japanese Rhumba (1978)
YMO - Computer Game 'Theme from The Circus' (1978)
YMO - Firecracker (1978)
YMO - Tong Poo (1978)
YMO - Technopolis (1979)
YMO - Absolute Ego Dance (1979)
Toru Yonaha - Toshin Doi 唐船ドーイ(Traditional; 2004)
YMO - Rydeen (1979)