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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 Podcast #2 - Undercover YMO

Date: 
24 November, 2016

This 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.

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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 Podcast #1 - Haruomi Hosono in the 70's with Tomokazu Hayashi

Date: 
8 September, 2016

Welcome to my first podcast!
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.
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 mobcast sorry podcast.
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 podcast 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)

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Duke Dumont – Ocean Drive Ableton Live Deconstruction @ IMS Malta

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I really enjoyed heading out to Malta this summer for IMS where I presented this deconstruction of Duke Dumont's Ocean drive. Check back for downloadable parts from the track...

New Order – Blue Monday Ableton Live Deconstruction @ Sonar +D

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I was lucky enough to be invited by Point Blank to do a presentation at the world famous Sonar Electronic music festival in Barcelona last month. In honour of New Order who were one of the headliners, I chose to dissect their classic track 'Blue Monday'.
Feel free to download the Ableton project here so you can play along!
http://bit.ly/29MNmyH

Plugin of the Week: TAL-U-NO-LX

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Taken from a Facebook Live stream, Ski Oakenfull and Declan McGlynn discuss TAL's impressive U-NO-LX Juno-60 emulation along with the Sound Force SFC-60 controller. Make sure you head over to our Facebook page for more live streams:

You can download the Yazoo presets mentioned in the video here:
https://www.skioakenfull.com/sounds/yazoo_dont_go_tal_u_no_lx_presets

I'm also attaching the pad sound preset after someone asked for it :)

Better Days feat. Vula Malinga

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This is a track I co-wrote and produced from the new Incognito album 'In Search of better Days'. You can listen here:

or buy here:
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