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.

Logic Pro X - First Impressions

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The appearance of the upgrade to Apple's flagship audio Application Logic Pro from 9 to X yesterday came as a complete shock to everyone. Some people had almost written it off, thinking there might never be another incarnation of this popular program. As soon as it was announced, it became almost instantly available from the App store so I didn't waste any time downloading it after seeing the spec.
Apart from a overhaul of the graphic interface, two of the most attractive (and long sought after) new features to me were the Midi Effects and Flex Pitch. There have been Midi devices such as Chord, Arpeggiator and Velocity in Ableton for years which have always given Ableton the edge when it came to creative programming, so integrating these into Logic will give it a massive boost.
I've been a fan of Melodyne pitch editing software since it was first released, and have always dreamed of having this facility working natively in a DAW… so I was over the moon when I saw the new Flex Pitch feature which works alongside the existing Flex Time facility. Not only that, but in my mind it makes the editing process easier, as you can use Logic's tools to chop up notes for example.
Add in the new Drummer tool, new look mixer, Soundcloud integration, new sound library, the Retro Synth, smart controls and free iPad controller App to name a few, and this is a major improvement to an already very powerful application. Oh, and did I forget to mention you get it all for £139?

Skream - Midnight Request Line (Deconstructed at Sonar 2013)

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The task I set myself for this deconstruction video, was to program the whole track using Ableton’s Push controller, without looking at the computer screen. The key, as ever, is in the preparation. The more you can work on your presets and racks beforehand, the more you can concentrate on playing the parts and getting creative. Over the last year or so, I have made a point of diligently saving any presets I have created into my user library, and labeling them clearly so I can dial them up whenever I want. I generally include the track name in the preset title so I can easily make the association between the original track & preset. This especially makes jamming with Push a real joy, as you then have access to your own palette of sounds.

Cinemavolta - Relativo (Ski Oakenfull Remix)

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Artista: Cinemavolta 
Titolo: Relativo (Ski Oakenfull remix) 
Etichetta: Silent Groove 
Editore: Silent Groove 
Autore: Massimiliano Tozzi 
Anno: 2013 
Regia: Mattia Cacciatori/Francesco Bonato 
Paese: Italia

Automation with Ableton Push (Course Extract)

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In this video Ski let's you know about the brand new Push content that's been integrated into our Ableton Live 1 Production course. All the basic techniques of Push are introduced alongside the existing course content, which has also recently been updated to include all the new Live 9 features … We kick off by showing you how to program a beat, and then guide you through things like the Scale function, Building Scenes, FX and Automation.
In this video, we check out an extract from the course, where course developer and tutor Ski Oakenfull looks at how you can use Push to record Automation into clips and also directly on to the arrangement...

Kraftwerk - The Model (Deconstructed at Sonar 2013)

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Ski Oakenfull breaks down one of the best known tracks from electronic music pioneers, and Sonar headliners, Kraftwerk. This deconstruction took place at Ableton's artists meet and greet at Sync Studios, Barcelona. Win an EMC online course AND Ableton Live 9 in our Vocal Verk competition -

In this video my aim was to show how quickly you can record and arrange all the parts of this classic track by Kraftwerk using Push and Ableton Live 9. After using Push for a few months, it has become my central hub. The ability to jam down ideas quickly straight into Live and arrange them on the fly without the distraction of the computer screen is truly inspirational.
Push also made me get my act together when it came to organising my user library. Once you start categorising your presets using Ableton’s own folder names (ie Bass, Synth Lead etc) and place them in the appropriate device list, they will be easily accessible from the browser. I also found that adding a space character before the preset name forces them to the top of your list so you don’t have to trawl through Ableton’s factory presets.

Deconstructing Roy Davis Jr feat. Peven Everett - Gabriel

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Ski breaks down an all-time house and garage classic, Gabriel by Roy Davis Jr feat. Peven Everett.

Deconstructing Kavinsky - Nightcall

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Taken from the soundtrack to Drive, Nightcall is an amazing track and one which Point Blank thought was more than worthy of the deconstruction treatment.

Graphene (preview)

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I'm in Japan for a couple of weeks.. Apart from providing a break from hectic London life, it's also gives me a chance to work on some of my own music.. I've got a whole heap of Ayota tracks, all in varying states of completion, and this new piece of music is actually written as an outro to an existing piano improvisation. I wrote it a couple of days ago, and thought it would marry quite well with some video I took as our train pulled out of Osaka station bound for Nagoya..

New remix for Italian band Cinemavolta

I've recently completed a new remix of a track from the forthcoming album by Italian band Cinemavolta. You can check it out here and discover more about the band with the links below.

Logic VS Ableton: Recording Audio (Comping)

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Before becoming an Ableton Live 'convert' about seven years ago, I was almost exclusively using Logic, and still love revisiting it, especially to provide an alternative approach to writing and programming. Every DAW has it's pros and cons, and one thing I always rely on in Logic, is the Take Recording and Swipe Comping functionality.

Rather than having to create fresh tracks each time, Logic allows you record over the same section of audio, placing the different takes into a folder. Comping then allows you to extract all the best bits and piece them together into a single master take, using the innovative swipe technique.. This is a real godsend, as sifting through endless vocal takes for example, can become incredibly laborious.

For this video I wanted to try recording some Roland MC-202 synth parts over a deep house track to get more of an organic live feel. You can see how I was able to 'jam' down different takes and then piece them together very quickly.