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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.

EMC² - Deconstructing Major Lazer - Get Free Pt1 Musical Parts

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This is the fifth in a series of tutorials from Ski Oakenfull covering a variety of aspects of electronic music composition. Point Blank want you to get involved in this series, so if you can think of well known track for Ski to deconstruct musically in the next tutorial then hit us up on twitter with:
#emcrequest @point_blank + your suggested track title.

In this video Ski introduces the brand new EMC2 course.
He works through the musical elements of Major Lazer's huge 'Get Free'. Download the FREE synth rack from this video by clicking on this link :: http://ow.ly/jdAKL 

This track by Major Lazer aka Diplo came out in 2012 and manages to combine an authentic loose reggae feel with up the minute electronic production. I love Diplo’s use of Amber Coffman’s edgy vocals in the track which seem to weave in and out of the guitar and synth lines. The one drop rhythm with the drums also make the track beautifully restrained without sacrificing fatness.

Ableton Push: Ski Demonstrates the Controller's Features

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I’ve been lucky enough to have had Push for a few days now, and have been absolutely loving it. I was initially surprised by how heavy it was, but this makes it feel reassuringly solid and professional. I imagine it will mostly reside in my studio rather than travelling around in my rucksack!

The overriding purpose of Ableton’s controller is to drag the user away from the computer screen, to make the composition process even more organic and fun than it already is with Live. So for this video I wanted to test it out by taking a track I originally produced in Logic, and replaying the parts using the Push controller. I chose a track entitled ‘Illuminations’ that came out a few years ago on my label Primaudial Records.

You can watch a video of the track here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjJnVtWxHd4

In order to get the most out of using Push, I found that preparing your user library is key. Once you have organised and named all your own presets, it makes it much easier to dial them up on the LED screen. As yet, Push doesn’t seem to be able to audio preview the presets which is one of the great new features of Live 9... but I’m sure this will arrive in a future update.

Ayota Rehearsal for Corsica Studios Gig Part 1

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This was a live rehearsal for a gig at Corsica Studios on Sat 9th Feb 2013..
I just wanted to try out the set.
It was also a celebration of the album 'Helicopter Cuts' being released on 8th Feb!
A bit scrappy, and internet kept dropping, but quite fun to do..
Here's the link to the album on itunes
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/hel...
and you can like my facebook page here:
http://www.facebook.com/ayotafanpage
You can check out Part 2 here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPVNVhxlAAg

EMC² - Deconstructing Todd Terje - Inspector Norse

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This is the fourth in a series of tutorials from Ski Oakenfull covering a variety of aspects of electronic music composition. Point Blank want you to get involved in this series, so if you can think of well known track for Ski to deconstruct musically in the next tutorial then hit us up on twitter with:
#emcrequest @point_blank + your suggested track title.

In this video Ski introduces the brand new EMC2 course. One of last year's big hits, an instant classic, Todd Terje's 'Inspector Norse' gets the deconstruction treatment using Ableton Live..

You can learn more techniques like this on Point Blank's online Electronic Music Composition course and the forthcoming EMC2 course, both of which have been developed by Ski himself. The courses show you how to develop the musical aspects of your tracks in an easy to understand way, without getting bogged down with too much scales and theory.

EMC² - Deconstructing Nuyorican Soul - Black Gold Of The Sun

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This is the third in a series of tutorials from Ski Oakenfull covering a variety of aspects of electronic music composition. Point Blank want you to get involved in this series, so if you can think of well known track for Ski to deconstruct musically in the next tutorial then hit us up on twitter with:
#emcrequest @point_blank + your suggested track title.

In this video Ski introduces the brand new EMC2 course. Using Ableton Live, Ski deconstructs an all-time classic, 'Black Gold Of The Sun' by Nuyorican Soul.

You can learn more techniques like this on Point Blank's online Electronic Music Composition course and the forthcoming EMC2 course, both of which have been developed by Ski himself. The courses show you how to develop the musical aspects of your tracks in an easy to understand way, without getting bogged down with too much scales and theory.

Ayota Live at Corsica Studios

Date: 
9 February, 2013

This is a gig I did at Corsica Studios on Saturday 9th February 2013 for Guy McCreery's Third Ear Label, who released the Ayota album 'Helicopter Cuts' the day before.
It was the first time to perform Ayota solo, as usually I get Simon Palm Skin, Jeremy Shaw, Shawn Lee and a vocalist to help me out.
My setup consisted of Laptop using Ableton Live, Novation Launchpad and a Korg NanoKontrol2.
I performed a selection of Ayota original tracks & remixes.. I will try to post a tracklisting soon!
There is a hilarious bit in the middle when a guy came up to me and asked if I took requests.. and then asked if he could plug his iPod in instead of listening to my set. I told him to go next door to where the techno was...
Here are some Ayota links...
The Third Ear Label
www.third-ear.net/
You can buy the album here now
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/helicop%E2%80%A6cuts/id594733689
as well as previous releases
www.skioakenfull.com/shop
Please like Ayota on Facebook:
www.facebook.com/ayotafanpage
Or check out Ski Oakenfull's website:
www.skioakenfull.com/ayota
And this is me rehearsing the set..
Part 1
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjAKKdDiuQQ
Part 2
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPVNVhxlAAg

EMC² - Deconstructing Disclosure ft. AlunaGeorge - White Noise

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This is the second in series of tutorials from Ski Oakenfull covering a variety of aspects of electronic music composition. Point Blank want you to get involved in this series, so if you can think of well known track for Ski to deconstruct musically in the next tutorial then hit us up on twitter with:
#emcrequest @point_blank + your suggested track title.

In this video Ski introduces the brand new EMC2 course. Using Ableton Live, Ski looks at the musical elements of a brand new collaboration between Disclosure & AlunaGeorge entitled 'White Noise'

You can learn more techniques like this on Point Blank's online Electronic Music Composition course and the forthcoming EMC2 course, both of which have been developed by Ski himself. The courses show you how to develop the musical aspects of your tracks in an easy to understand way, without getting bogged down with too much scales and theory.

Ayota album launch gig @ Use Your Third Ear ?1 - Corsica Studios

To celebrate the release of the Ayota LP 'Helicopter Cuts' on Third Ear records, Ski will be peforming a one hour solo set at the first official Third Ear night on the 9th February 2013.
The gig is taking place at Corsica Studios in the Elephant & Castle, London.
For more info on Ski's Ayota project, please click here.
To purchase tickets and find out more about the gig, please check out these links:

http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?436496

http://www.corsicastudios.com/whats-on/february-2013/use-your-third-ear/

https://www.facebook.com/events/574908972526500/

Date: 
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Ayota album launch gig @ Use Your Third Ear ?1 - Corsica Studios

EMC² - Deconstructing Avicii - Levels

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This is the first in a new series of tutorials from Ski Oakenfull covering a variety of aspects of electronic music composition. Point Blank want you to get involved in this series, so if you can think of well known track for Ski to deconstruct musically in the next tutorial then hit us up on twitter with:
#emcrequest @point_blank + your suggested track title.

In this video Ski introduces the brand new EMC2 course. Using Ableton Live, Ski looks at the chords in two sections of Aviici's massive track 'Levels'.

You can learn more techniques like this on Point Blank's online Electronic Music Composition course and the forthcoming EMC2 course, both of which have been developed by Ski himself. The courses show you how to develop the musical aspects of your tracks in an easy to understand way, without getting bogged down with too much scales and theory.

Exclusive Ableton Live 9 Demo - Audio to Midi Feature

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I was lucky enough to be given a Beta version of Ableton's new Live 9 a couple of months ago. One of the most interesting features is the new Audio to Midi function, which sets out to give Melodyne a run for it's money. The great thing is how it is integrated into the contextual menu alongside the existing 'Slice To Midi' function, so you have a lot of audio converting power at your fingertips!
The beat extraction works really well, managing to pick out Kick, Snare & Hat sounds and recreate the pattern using a Drum Rack. This presents so many exciting possibilities, especially on the remix front. The chord extraction was a little bit more fiddly, but with the powerful Midi devices and editing possibilities that already exist in Ableton, you can quickly get some great results.
Check out the video where I take a beat from AudioMontage (aka Jimpster) and combine it with the intro chord progression from Kraftwerk's Trans Europe Express.