Ski Oakenfull

Ryuichi Sakamoto with Gilles Peterson // 17-01-19

Date: 
17 January, 2019

I was very honoured to be asked to select three Sakamoto tracks for this show and also talk a little bit about them. It was broadcast in 17th January 2019 to celebrate Ryuichi's 67th birthday.
https://worldwidefm.net/show/ryuichi-sakamoto-with-gilles-peterson/

Tracklist:
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Energy Flow [Sony/ Milan]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Andata [Commmons/ Milan]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Riot In Lagos [Island]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Solari [Commmons/ Milan]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Zure Ryuichi Sakamoto – Zure
Yellow Magic Orchestra – Technopolis [Alfa]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Walker [Commmons/ Milan]
Yellow Magic Orchestra – Behind The Mask [Alfa]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Disintegration [Commmons/ Milan]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Async [Commmons/ Milan]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Async (Arca Remodel) [Milan]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Life Life (Andy Stott Remodel) [Milan]
Towa Tei Ft Ryuichi Sakamoto – Obrigado [Elektra]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – FF2 [Milan]
Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Logic Moon [Raster-Norton]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Andata (Electric Youth Remodel) [Milan]
Cornelius – If You’re Here (Ryuichi Sakamoto Rework) [Warner Japan]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – School In Paris [Milan]

// Ola Szmidt Selection //
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Main Theme from Wuthering Heights [Toshiba EMI Japan]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – The Middle Way ( From “Little Buddha” soundtrack) [Milan]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Only Love Can Conquer Hate ( From a “Babel” Soundtrack) [Warner Japan]

Yellow Magic Orchestra – Firecracker [Alfa]

// Ski Oakenfull Selection //
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Thousand Knives [Denon]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – I’ll Be There [Columbia]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Seed and The Sower [London Records/Virgin]

Article in DJ Mag August 2018

I was interviewed by DJ Mag earlier this year, and was really chuffed to see the article appear in the August issue. I discussed my deconstructions for Point Blank Music school, and how they have evolved over the last six years. I'm attaching a photo of the piece below which you can download.

Article in DJ Mag August 2018

Ski Oakenfull Radio Show #9 with Tomokazu Hayashi - Haruomi Hosono & Gen Hoshino

Date: 
21 May, 2018

This show was recorded on the 8th April 2018 with my good friend Tomo in Gifu, Japan. Hot on the heals of Tomo's fantastic YMO article in 'The Wire' magazine entitled 'A User's Guide to Yellow Magic Orchestra' (https://www.thewire.co.uk/issues/404), this radio show expands the YMO family to look at the work of Gen Hoshino.
Hoshino san is a true polymath, who is often seen as continuing Hosono's legacy.
Check out this recent book (in Japanese) written about both of them by Hoshino here: http://tinyurl.com/y73ms92s

The cover artwork is by Tomo

The show is divided into three sections:

SAKEROCK, A 2000'S EXOTICA BAND
1. Sakerock - 'Thousand knives and Yokaidochuki' (Sakerock “Honya Ra Ra” (2008))
2. Sakerock - ‘Ian ryoko’ (Sakerock. “Ian ryoko” (2004))
3. Sakerock - ‘Otootooto-san’ (Sakerock. “Yuta” (2004))
4. Sakerock - ‘Kaisha-in’ (Sakerock. “Honya Ra Ra” (2008))
5. Sakerock - All Stars ‘Nana Byou Shu’ (Sakerock All Stars. “Tropical Douchu” (2006)
6. Sakerock - ‘MUDA’ (Sakerock. “MUDA” (2010))
7. Sake Rock All Stars - ‘Pom Pom Joki’ (Sake Rock All Stars “Tropical Douchu” (2006))

HOSONO AND HIS FOLKY FOLLOWERS
8. Gen Hoshino - ‘Tadaima’ (from Gen Hoshino “Baka no uta” (2010))
9. Haruomi Hosono - ‘Tadaima’ (Haruomi Hosono “Hosonova” (2011))
10. Haruomi Hosono -‘Tutti Frutti’ (Haruomi Hosono “Vu Ja De” (2017))
11. Ren Takada Feat. Ryosuke Nagaoka (aka Ukigumo) - ‘Night Rider’ (Ren Takada. “Night Rider’s Blues” (2017))
12. Humbert Humbert Feat. Ryosuke Nagaoka (aka Ukigumo) - ‘Ganbare Niichan’ (Humbert Humbert “Kazoku Koushin Kyoku” (2017))

HOSHINO & HOSONO
13. Gen Hoshino Feat. Ryosuke Ryosuke (aka Ukigumuo) - ‘Koi’ (Gen Hoshino. “Koi” (2016))
14. YMO - ‘Mad Pierrot’ (YMO. “Yellow Magic Orchestra (Japan version)” (1978))
15. Gen Hoshino - ‘Nerd Strat’ (Gen Hoshino. “Yellow Dancer” (2015))
16. Tin Pan Alley - ‘Yellow Magic Carnival’ (Tin Pan Alley. “Caramel Mama” (1975))
17. Haruomi Hosono - “Pecora” (Haruomi Hosono “Vu Ja De” (2017. Original recording 1987))
18. Haruomi Hosono - “2355 shi kaeru (Mr. 2355 back home)” (Haruomi Hosono “Vu Ja De” (2017. Original recording 2010)

Rhodes to Forever

Format(s): 
Track(s) on LP
Artist Name: 
Bluey and Friends
Rhodes to Forever
My Seventy Three
Tracklisting: 
1. “The Story of the Rhodes” featuring Tom O’Grady
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2. “My Seventy Three” featuring Ski Oakenfull
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3. “Eight Keys to Eden” featuring Graham Harvey
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4. “Paraty” Featuring Matt Cooper
Release Date: 
25 September, 2017
Record Label(s): 
Splash Blue
Role(s): 
Performer (Other Artist's Music)
Role(s): 
Writer (Other Artist's Music)
Video: 
See video

Deer Shed Festival 2018

I'll be doing a live deconstruction in the Duckends tent at this year's Deer Shed Festival

Here's the blurb from the Loop website:

Ski Oakenfull likes making music so much he began making a career of it in 1991 with the band 'The K-Creative'. More recently his music production skills have turned him into a bit of a viral sensation, recording live deconstructions of popular tracks on Ableton such as this one of Daft Punk’s Get Lucky.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGZrZBq_Izw
This summer, Ski will deconstruct the Massive Attack classic Unfinished Sympathy live at Deer Shed 9, and talk Deer Shedders through making music production that little bit more accessible!

Date: 
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Deer Shed Festival 2018

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

Loveless

Format(s): 
Track(s) on LP
Artist Name: 
Moya Morris
Loveless
Loveless (coming soon)
Tracklisting: 
1. Loveless†
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2. What Do You Want
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3. Wanna Be Alone†
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4. Closer†
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5. Communicate†
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6. Full Of It
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7. Top Of The World
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8. Juicy
Tracklisting: 
9. Light Up
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10. Missing
Tracklisting: 
† = Written & Produced
Release Date: 
16 June, 2017
Record Label(s): 
Splash Blue
Role(s): 
Performer (Other Artist's Music)
Role(s): 
Writer (Other Artist's Music)
Role(s): 
Producer (Other Artist's Music)
Video: 
See video

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)

LIFE Exhibition

I've been commissioned by Nick Luscombe (Radio 3 Late Junction) to write a 20 minute piece for a photographic exhibition at Christie's, London taking place between the 11th - 14th September 2017. The event is for the charity Maggie's.

The piece actually comprises of four separate compositions, one for each room of the gallery, and it will be delivered in surround sound courtesy of Steve Hellier (Death in Vegas). I'm also collaborating with violinist Midori Komachi.

You can listen to a quick preview of the music here

Date: 
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
LIFE Exhibition

Ableton Loop 2017

I'll be doing two presentations at Ableton's Loop event in Berlin in November.
The first one on Friday 10th November will be a deconstruction of Unfinished Sympathy by Massive Attack:
Details here: https://loop.ableton.com/2017/program/activity/live-track-deconstruction...
The second presentation on Saturday 11th November will be a walkthrough of the music I was recently commissioned to write for the Life Exhibition at Christies http://tinyurl.com/yb276qay
Details here: https://loop.ableton.com/2017/program/activity/commission-exhibition-wri...

Here's the blurb from the Loop website:

Ski is an accomplished keyboard player, artist, producer, remixer and composer whose work credits include Joey Negro, Incognito, Gilles Peterson, Galliano and the Bays.
As a result, Ski brings a high level of musicianship, technical ability and music industry experience to his role heading up course development at award-winning Point Blank Music School, where his stellar work includes developing the BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering degree which is taught in the London and online schools. 

Whilst developing the groundbreaking Electronic Music Composition online module, Ski patented a unique ‘Deconstruction’ teaching method, a fascinating way of breaking down great classic and current tracks into their constituent parts to show how the beats, melodies and arrangement were put together. This method provides a uniquely soft approach to learning important elements of music theory and has proved highly popular with Point Blank’s aspiring producer/composers, and Ski has since taken the format to industry events worldwide including Sonar, ADE and IMS Ibiza, giving insights into hundreds of tracks for students to enjoy and learn from.

Date: 
Friday, November 10, 2017
Ableton Loop 2017