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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.

Sonar 2018 Point Blank Deconstruction Masterclass - Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc.

I'm really looking forward to hitting Barcelona again for Sonar 2018 on Thursday 14th June! Here's the description from their website:

Point Blank's Ski Oakenfull will host a live deconstruction of Gorillaz’ “Feel Good Inc”, a ubiquitous, Grammy award-winning track which has achieved hundreds of millions of streams worldwide and reached Certified Gold status. Oakenfull will “reverse engineer” the entire track in Ableton Live, demonstrating how the individual parts were created and how they are arranged.

In this session you can expect to learn how the drums, bass and synth parts were created and layered. Ski will presenting a complete re-constructed version of the track at the end of the presentation.

Date: 
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Sonar 2018 Point Blank Deconstruction Masterclass - Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc.

Ski Oakenfull Radio Show #9 with Tomokazu Hayashi - Haruomi Hosono & Gen Hoshino

Date: 
21 May, 2018

This show was recorded on the 8th April 2018 with my good friend Tomo in Gifu, Japan. Hot on the heals of Tomo's fantastic YMO article in 'The Wire' magazine entitled 'A User's Guide to Yellow Magic Orchestra' (https://www.thewire.co.uk/issues/404), this radio show expands the YMO family to look at the work of Gen Hoshino.
Hoshino san is a true polymath, who is often seen as continuing Hosono's legacy.
Check out this recent book (in Japanese) written about both of them by Hoshino here: http://tinyurl.com/y73ms92s

The cover artwork is by Tomo

The show is divided into three sections:

SAKEROCK, A 2000'S EXOTICA BAND
1. Sakerock - 'Thousand knives and Yokaidochuki' (Sakerock “Honya Ra Ra” (2008))
2. Sakerock - ‘Ian ryoko’ (Sakerock. “Ian ryoko” (2004))
3. Sakerock - ‘Otootooto-san’ (Sakerock. “Yuta” (2004))
4. Sakerock - ‘Kaisha-in’ (Sakerock. “Honya Ra Ra” (2008))
5. Sakerock - All Stars ‘Nana Byou Shu’ (Sakerock All Stars. “Tropical Douchu” (2006)
6. Sakerock - ‘MUDA’ (Sakerock. “MUDA” (2010))
7. Sake Rock All Stars - ‘Pom Pom Joki’ (Sake Rock All Stars “Tropical Douchu” (2006))

HOSONO AND HIS FOLKY FOLLOWERS
8. Gen Hoshino - ‘Tadaima’ (from Gen Hoshino “Baka no uta” (2010))
9. Haruomi Hosono - ‘Tadaima’ (Haruomi Hosono “Hosonova” (2011))
10. Haruomi Hosono -‘Tutti Frutti’ (Haruomi Hosono “Vu Ja De” (2017))
11. Ren Takada Feat. Ryosuke Nagaoka (aka Ukigumo) - ‘Night Rider’ (Ren Takada. “Night Rider’s Blues” (2017))
12. Humbert Humbert Feat. Ryosuke Nagaoka (aka Ukigumo) - ‘Ganbare Niichan’ (Humbert Humbert “Kazoku Koushin Kyoku” (2017))

HOSHINO & HOSONO
13. Gen Hoshino Feat. Ryosuke Ryosuke (aka Ukigumuo) - ‘Koi’ (Gen Hoshino. “Koi” (2016))
14. YMO - ‘Mad Pierrot’ (YMO. “Yellow Magic Orchestra (Japan version)” (1978))
15. Gen Hoshino - ‘Nerd Strat’ (Gen Hoshino. “Yellow Dancer” (2015))
16. Tin Pan Alley - ‘Yellow Magic Carnival’ (Tin Pan Alley. “Caramel Mama” (1975))
17. Haruomi Hosono - “Pecora” (Haruomi Hosono “Vu Ja De” (2017. Original recording 1987))
18. Haruomi Hosono - “2355 shi kaeru (Mr. 2355 back home)” (Haruomi Hosono “Vu Ja De” (2017. Original recording 2010)

Sister Sledge - Thinking of You FFL Deconstruction

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Really great to deconstruct this seminal track by Sister Sledge, written & produced by the legendary team, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards

Ryuichi Sakamoto - Andata (Piano Transcription)

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After watching the recent NHK documentary on Ryuichi Sakamoto, I've been a bit obsessed with the beautiful piano intro on the first track of his 'Async' album 'Andata'. I thought I'd transcribe it - I'm sure it's not perfect, but I made a video anyway..
I'm attaching the score to this post.
I used Logic Pro X's factory Bosendorfer for the piano sound.

You can get info about the NHK documentary here: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/special/episode/201803170030/
Here's a link to Async: https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/23118-async/

Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy Deconstruction @ Ableton Loop, Berlin 2017

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I was lucky enough to be invited out to Berlin last November (2017) to give two presentations at Ableton's annual 'Loop' event.
https://loop.ableton.com/2017/participants/ski-oakenfull/
This was my main presentation which was a deconstruction of Massive Attack's seminal track from 1991, 'Unfinished Sympathy'.
Thanks so much to whosampled,com for the sample info.. https://www.whosampled.com/Massive-Attack/Unfinished-Sympathy/

Calvin Harris - 'Slide' ft. Frank Ocean & Migos Deconstruction (FFL!)

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Here's my latest deconstruction of Calvin Harris' summer anthem 'Slide' ft. Frank Ocean and Migos.
It was inspired by Calvin's 'How I made Slide video which you can check here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQlKelwPX4A
I enjoyed checking out his studio which included some great synths such as the Jupiter 8, Prophet 5 and PPG Wave.
I recreated some of these sounds using the Arturia plugins. You can download the presets here: http://bit.ly/2G2EEvt

Maze feat. Frankie Beverly - 'Twilight' Deconstruction feat. Arturia DX7v Plugin (FFL!)

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Here's my deconstruction the classic RnB track 'Twilight' by Maze. Originally released in 1985, to a relatively modest reception, the track was a torchbearer for the loops and bassline style that would go on to define house music.
It's also a love letter to one of my all time favourite synths the Yamaha DX7, and a chance to look at the fantastic Arturia DX7v plugin.

Ableton Live Deconstruction: 808 State - Pacific 707 at SARM Music Village

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This was filmed last November at SARM Music Village, just after Trevor Horn deconstructed Relax!

Making a Track in Ableton Live 10: First Look + New Features

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I was really lucky to get my hands on Ableton Live 10 a few weeks ahead of the announcement on 2nd Nov 2017. I'm loving the new features, especially the new clip manipulation features in the Arrangement view.
Wavetable synth is gorgeous too!

WhoSampled Presents Samplethon Competition at PB London with KPM & Ableton

Samplethon is a first-of-its-kind event format giving up-and-coming producers access to rare and sought after sample material from a leading music library to produce exciting new music under the guidance of world class producers. The next Samplethon event takes place on Sunday October 15th 2017 at London’s Point Blank Studios with support from Ableton. 20 producers will be given exclusive access to pre-cleared original sample material from the world renowned KPM catalogue, an EMI Production Music label. The challenge: to produce a new track using the provided sample material against the clock, with the supervision and assistance of our team of esteemed mentors. This event will create a rare opportunity to sample from these highly regarded recordings performed by world class musicians, free from the legal shackles often associated with sampling.

Watch the video below to get an idea of what to expect on the day, which will be mentored and judged by a highly experienced panel including Shawn Lee (Ubiquity), Chris Read (BBE / WhoSampled), Ollie Teeba (Ninja Tune) and Point Blank’s Ski Oakenfull.

Date: 
Sunday, October 15, 2017
WhoSampled Presents Samplethon Competition at PB London with KPM & Ableton