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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.

EMC Tutorial #10 - Deconstructing Justice vs Simian - We Are Your Friends

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This is the tenth 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

This is the last of three special episodes of the EMC series recorded live at Amsterdam Dance Event 2012. In this one Ski Oakenfull breaks down the music theory behind Justice vs Simian's track 'We Are Your Friends' within Ableton Live.

You can learn more techniques like this on Point Blank's new online Electronic Music Composition course which has been developed by Ski himself. The course will 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.

New Year's Eve 2012 DJ Set live from my Flat

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After having so much fun doing my USTREAM DJ set last year, I decided to give it another go. I went for digital only music rather than vinyl this year as it was difficult to set up near my decks.. I had a few technical issues, mainly down to bandwidth.. I had to set the upload to the lowest level otherwise the connection kept dropping.. I also pushed the levels a bit hard in the middle so apologies for the distortion. Hope you like it.. See you next year! Here's my USTREAM channel.. Please subscribe!

Xmas 2012 Sleigh Bell Samples

Sound Date: 
24 December, 2012
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sleigh bells
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As used on just about every Christmas song you've ever heard...
but also a hip hop staple percussion sound.
Here are a couple of wavs for you!
Happy Christmas from Ski..

Two new tracks due for release in 2013

2012 has been a great year, and I've especially enjoyed the fact that my tutoring at Point Blank has spawned two collaborations with students of mine, both leading to releases in 2013.
Firstly this is a track I worked on with Kris Holiday from Saint Paul in the US. It's due out early 2013 on Big Mama's House Records.

Secondly here's the track I worked on with Faraj Alkuwari otherwise known as Youngs2ar from Doha in Qatar. It's also due out early 2013 on Endemic Digital.
You can get a sneak preview here...

EMC Tutorial #9 - Deconstructing SBTRKT - Wildfire

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This is the ninth 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

This is the second of three special episodes of the EMC series recorded live at Amsterdam Dance Event 2012. In this one Ski Oakenfull breaks down the music theory behind SBTRKT's track 'Wildfire' within Ableton Live.

You can learn more techniques like this on Point Blank's new online Electronic Music Composition course which has been developed by Ski himself. The course will 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.

EMC Tutorial #8 - Deconstructing Mr. Fingers - Can You Feel It

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This is the eighth 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

This is the first of three special episodes of the EMC series recorded live at Amsterdam Dance Event 2012. In this one Ski Oakenfull breaks down the music theory behind Mr. Fingers' legendary house track 'Can You Feel It' within Ableton Live.

You can learn more techniques like this on Point Blank's new online Electronic Music Composition course which has been developed by Ski himself. The course will 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.

Ski Interview at the Amsterdam Dance Event 2012

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Check out the highlights from Point Blank's time in Amsterdam where instructor Ski Oakenfull was at Cafe Cox giving 3 Ableton Live seminars as part of the ADE Playground. While we were there we also caught up with Andy Mac, product specialist at Akai Professional to talk about the MPC Renaissance

Later we headed to the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs party where we chatted to Ed Real, Managing Director at Track It Down about the state of the online landscape for electronic music artists today.

Breaking down Azealia Banks '212' Article in DJ Mag Weekly 127

The Azealia Banks '212' Tutorial video I made for Point Blank Online College was published recently in the DJ Mag Free online edition. You can check it out here: http://www.djmag.com/djweekly/ Its DJ Weekly 127.
I'm also attaching the offline version for you to download. You'll find the attachment underneath the picture..
You can also download the Native Instruments Massive Patch I created in the tutorial here.

Here's the accompanying text:

Breaking down Azealia Banks '212' Article in DJ Mag Weekly 127
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Breakfast TV Talkin' Loud Feature circa 1990 with Gilles Peterson

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This was filmed for a breakfast TV feature sometime in 1990 at John Henry Rehearsal studios London. Presented by Brenda Emmanus. Gilles Peterson is interviewed with the shadow of Chris Bowden's Sax in the background.
The track that The K-Creative are playing is 'K Spellz Knowledge' from their debut album Q.E.D.
http://www.discogs.com/K-Creative-QED-Question-Everything-Done/release/3...

Like The K-Creative on Facebook here:
http://www.facebook.com/thekcreativefanpage

Rapido TV Talkin' Loud Label Feature circa 1990 with Gilles Peterson

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A Rapido TV Talkin' Loud Label Feature from around 1990.
Interviews & music from Gilles Peterson, Omar, Bluey from Incognito, Young Disciples, Galliano & The K-Creative. The last track features The K-Creative playing at the old Bass Clef club in Hoxton Square. Gilles' Interview is filmed outside the old Wessex Studios in Highbury which was where Bluey's studio was located.
The track that The K-Creative are playing is 'Brother John' from their debut album Q.E.D.
http://www.discogs.com/K-Creative-QED-Question-Everything-Done/release/3...

Like The K-Creative on Facebook here:
http://www.facebook.com/thekcreativefanpage