Ski Oakenfull

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

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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
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9. Light Up
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10. Missing
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† = Written & Produced
Release Date: 
16 June, 2017
Record Label(s): 
Splash Blue
Role(s): 
Performer (Other Artist's Music)
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Writer (Other Artist's Music)
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Producer (Other Artist's Music)
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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

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)