Ski Oakenfull

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, details of which will be announced very soon.
Meanwhile, here's the blurb from the 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

Ski Oakenfull Radio Show #7 with Tomokazu Hayashi - YMO Special Vol. 4 - Early works of Yukihiro Takahashi

Date: 
22 April, 2017

I've just come back from a short trip to Japan, and while I was there I was lucky enough to hook up with my good friend Tomo san to record another radio show! This time we look at the early work of YMO drummer Yukihiro Takahashi. I hope you enjoy the selection.
The show was recorded on Saturday 8th April 2017

1. YMO - 1000 Knives (Live in Greek Theatre 1979) (1997)
2. Sadistic Mika Band - Silver Child (1973)
3. YMO - Tighten Up (Japanese Gentleman Standup Please!) (1980)
4. Yukihiro Takahashi - Saravah! (1978)
5. Yukihiro Takahashi - Mood Indigo (1978)
6. Yukihiro Takahashi - Stop in the Name of Love (1980)
7. YMO - Day Tripper (1979)
8. YMO - La Femme Chinoise (1978)
9. YMO - Cue (1981)
10. Yukihiro Takahashi - Glass (1981)
11. Yukihiro Takahashi - Disposable Love (1981)
12. Yukihiro Takahashi & Steve Jansen - Stay Close (Weirder World) (1986)

Ski Oakenfull Radio Show #6 with Jeremy Shaw - Steely Dan Special

Date: 
10 April, 2017

I first met Jeremy back in in the early 90's through our work with the band Raw Stylus, and if there was one common musical influence that captured the excitement of those formative years it would be Steely Dan. Join us as we play through some key Steely Dan tracks and explore some lesser known gems too.

Here's the full tracklist:

1. Caves of Altamira - Steely Dan (1976)
2. Soul Ram - Steely Dan (1968)
3. Razor Boy - Steely Dan (1973)
4. Night by Night - Steely Dan (1974)
5. Bad Sneakers - Steely Dan (1975)
6. 37 Hours - Raw Stylus (1996)
7. Green Earrings - The Woody Herman Band (1978)
8. Black Cow - Steely Dan (1977)
9. Stand by the Sea Wall - Steely Dan (1977)
10. Glamour Profession - Steely Dan (1980)
11. Second Arrangement - Jeremy Shaw (2016)
12. I.G.Y - Donald Fagen (1982)
13. Almost Gothic - Steely Dan (2000)
14. Slinky Thing - Donald Fagen (2012)
15. Surfing on the Sun - Norwegian Fords (2010)
16. Third World Man - Steely Dan (1980)

Japanese Playback at Spiritland with Hotei

Ski will be accompanying the legendary Japanese artist Hotei, who will be a special guest at a unique event, Japanese Playback with Nick Luscombe at the Spiritland cafe and bar in Kings Cross, London, on Sunday 5th March, from 6pm to 10pm.

BBC Radio 3 Late Junction broadcaster Nick Luscombe will be playing Japanese music, with rare recordings, live performances and conversation, mixing the worlds of classical and avant grade to electronic, pop and rock.

Hotei will be in conversation with Nick and will be playing guitar and collaborating live with DJ Ski Oakenfull, for a unique instrumental jam performance. Also contributing to the evening are violin player Midori Komachi, traditional Japanese music expert Clive Bell and Tony Higgins, who will play a Japanese Jazz DJ set. 

If you’re in London, please join us! 

Tickets are strictly limited and available here

Date: 
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Japanese Playback at Spiritland with Hotei

Ski Oakenfull Radio Show #5 with Tom O'Grady (Resolution 88) - Undercover Herbie Hancock

Date: 
22 January, 2017

I was so happy to hook up with my friend and fellow Herbie Hancock fan Tom O’Grady to indulge in over two and half hours of Herbie related music plucked from his personal vinyl collection. Tom and I first met when we played keyboards together in Kirk DeGeorgio’s band ‘The Beauty Room’, and have stayed in close contact ever since.
Most recently we filmed a live deconstruction of ‘Chameleon’ for Point Blank Music School which you can check here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIR1O...


I hope you enjoy this selection as much as I did!

You can find out more about Tom’s amazing band Resolution 88 here:


http://www.resolution88.com/


https://resolution88.bandcamp.com/

Here's the full tracklist:

1. Caughtus Interruptus - Resolution 88 (2014)
2. Triaxial Development - Ponta Murakami / Jun Fukamachi (1976)
3. Butterfly - Peter Herbolzheimer (1976)
4. Amoroso - Eddie Henderson (1978)
5. Chameleon (Quadraphonic version) - Herbie Hancock (1974)
6. Song about the sun - Victoria (1971)
7. E.B.F.S. - Roger Glenn (1976)
8. Tales from home (Lendas) - Airto (1975)
9. Three Four or More - Resolution 88 (2016)
10. Main Title (Actual Proof) - Herbie Hancock (1973)
11. Chainey Do - Pointer Sisters (1975)
12. Black Pearl - Tatsuya Takahashi (1980)
13. Maiden Voyage - Sharon Redd, Ula Hedwig & Charlotte Crossley Formerly of the Harlettes (1978)
14. Golden Hours - Santana (1980)
15. Gentle Thoughts - Lee Ritenour (1977)
16. Hornets (take 2) - Herbie Hancock / Freddie Hubbard / Stanley Turrentine / Ron Carter / Jack DeJohnette / Eric Gale (1974)
17. Basic Laws - Miroslav Vitous (1976)
18. Phantom of the Oberheim - Resolution 88 (2016)

Ski Oakenfull Radio Show #4 with Valerie Etienne - Disco Special

Date: 
30 December, 2016

Enjoy over an hour of Disco indulgence with the one and only Valerie Etienne. I first met Val in 1994 when I joined the band Galliano to play keyboards, and we have maintained a close working relationship ever since. I set up my mobile studio in Val's kitchen and recorded this show on the 29th December 2016. You will notice several references to the Port she served throughout the show.
Happy New Year!

Thank you to Val for choosing so many great tracks!

Here's the full tracklist:

1. Check out the Groove 12” - Bobby Thurston (1980)
2. Runaway love - Linda Clifford (1978)
3. Can’t fake the feeling - Geraldine Hunt (1981)
4. Bourgie bourgie - Ashford & Simpson (1977)
5. Is it love you’re after - Rose Royce (1979)
6. Last Dance 12” - Donna Summer (1979)
7. The Boss - Dianna Ross (1979)
8. Watch Out - Brandi Wells (1981)
9. Love the feeling - Leroy Hutson (1976)
10. You know How - Phyllis Hyman (1979)
11. Outside - George Michael (1998)
12. Misunderstanding - Valerie Etienne (1999)
13. Sweet power your embrace - James Mason (1977)

Ski Oakenfull Radio Show #3 with Tomokazu Hayashi - YMO Special Vol. 3 - Haruomi Hosono in the 2010's

Date: 
24 December, 2016

Hosono in the 2010’s – Roots music meets Techno

I am so happy to welcome back Tomokazu Hayashi for a second show! For this one, Tomo introduces Haruomi Hosono’s recent musical development.
After having expanded on experimental and electronic musics such as Techno and Ambient in the 1980s and 90s, Hosono then drastically turned his head to roots and standard popular music from which he drew his deepest influence and was his musical foundation.
Hopefully you will find some astonishing encounters between roots music and techno!

Thank you to Tomo for his extensive research, words and artwork.

Here's the full tracklist:

I. Intro

1. Hosono. ‘Kanashimi no Lucky Star’ (2011)
2. Hosono with Ann Sally. ‘Smile’ (2009)
3. Hosono. ‘Close To You’ (2015)
4. Hosono with Mitsuko Koike. ‘Only You’ (2007)

II. Hosono revisits Film Music

5. Alain Romans. ‘Mon Oncle’ (Film soundtrack. dir. Jacques Tati) (1958)
6. Nino Rota. ‘La Dolce Vita’ (Film soundtrack. dir. Federico Fellini) (1960)
7. Hosono. ‘Cadillac’ (2010)
8. Dolores Del Rio. ‘Ramona’ (1928)
9. Hosono. ‘Ramona’ (2011)

III. Hosono revisits Country and Western

10. Margaret Whiting. ‘Good Morning Mr. Echo’ (1951)
11. Swing Slow (Hosono & Miharu Koshi). ‘Good Morning Mr. Echo’ (1996)
12. Al Dexter. ‘Pistol Packing Mama’ (1942)
13. Bing Crosby. ‘Pistol Packing Mama’ (1943)
14. Hosono. ‘Pistol Packing Mama’ (2007)
15. Willy & Ruth. ‘Love Me’ (1954)
16. Elvis Presley. ‘Love Me’ (1956)
17. Hosono. ‘Love Me’ (2011)
18. Hosono. ‘Sports Men’ (1982)
19. Hosono. ‘Sports Men’ (2007)
20. Hosono. ‘Body Snatchers’ (1984)
21. Hosono. ‘Body Snatchers’ (2007)

IV. Hosono revisits his contemporaries

22. Bob Dylan. ‘When I Paint My Masterpiece’ (1971)
23. The Band. ‘When I Paint My Masterpiece’ (1971)
24. Hosono. ‘When I Paint My Masterpiece’ (2013)
25. Kraftwerk. ‘Radio Activity’ (1975)
26. Hosono. ‘Radio Activity’ (2013)
27. Hosono. ‘All La Glory’ (2013)