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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.

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

Ski Oakenfull Radio Show #8 with Tomokazu Hayashi - YMO Special Vol. 5 - Ryuichi Sakamoto

Date: 
12 September, 2017

This show was recorded on the 2nd May 2017 with my good friend Tomo, and completes my current YMO radio series, focusing on one of my heroes, Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Look out for Tomo's forthcoming YMO article in 'The Wire' magazine - more details to follow!
Artwork by Tomo

The show is divided into five different sections:

EARLY YMO
1. Ryuichi Sakamoto - Thousand Knives (1978)
2. Yellow Magic Orchestra - Tong Poo (1979)
3. Yellow Magic Orchestra - Technopolis (1979)
4. Yellow Magic Orchestra - Nice Age (1980)
5. Ryuichi Sakamoto - War Head (1980)

FUSION-ORIENTED SAKAMOTO
6. Yukihiro Takahashi - Elastic Dummy (1978)
7. Ryuichi Sakamoto & Kakutougi Session - You’re Friend to Me (1979)
8. Ryuichi Sakamoto & the Kakutougi Session - Neuronian Network (1979)

RIOT
9. Ryuichi Sakamoto - Differencia (1980)
10. Ryuichi Sakamoto - Riot in Lagos (1980)
11. Yellow Magic Orchestra - 1000 Knives (1981)
12. Ryuichi Sakamoto - Front Line (1981)

MINIMAL
13. Yellow Magic Orchestra - Seoul Music (1981)
14. Yellow Magic Orchestra - Taiso (1981)
15. Ryuichi Sakamoto - Relâche (1981)
16. Ryuichi Sakamoto - Tell’em To Me (1981)

SAKAMOTO'S MUSIC INSPIRES MUSCIANS
17. Yukihiro Takahashi - Flashback (1982)
18. David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto - Forbidden Colours (1982)
19. David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto - Bamboo Music (1982)
20. Ryuichi Sakamoto & Robin Scott - The Arrangement (1982)
21. Ryuichi Sakamoto - The Arrangement (2017)
22. Yellow Magic Orchestra - Behind the Mask (1979)
23. Michael Jackson - Behind the Mask (2010)
24. Eric Clapton - Behind the Mask (1986)

Deconstruction: DJ Shadow - Mutual Slump @ Sonar +D, Barcelona

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I was so happy to be invited back to Sonar this year to do a presentation. In honour of DJ Shadow who was one of the headliners, I chose to deconstruct 'Mutual Slump' from his classic album 'Endtroducing'.

I'd like to give a massive shout out to one of my favourite podcasts, Song Exploder for providing the inspiration for this deconstruction.

Ableton Live Deconstruction: Jamiroquai - Automaton at IMS College Malta

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I really enjoyed heading out to Malta again this summer for IMS where I presented this deconstruction of Jamiroquai's 'Automaton'.