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Ski's Music Technology Tutorial work

Calvin Harris - 'Slide' ft. Frank Ocean & Migos Deconstruction (FFL!)

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Here's my latest deconstruction of Calvin Harris' summer anthem 'Slide' ft. Frank Ocean and Migos.
It was inspired by Calvin's 'How I made Slide video which you can check here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQlKelwPX4A
I enjoyed checking out his studio which included some great synths such as the Jupiter 8, Prophet 5 and PPG Wave.
I recreated some of these sounds using the Arturia plugins. You can download the presets here: http://bit.ly/2G2EEvt

Maze feat. Frankie Beverly - 'Twilight' Deconstruction feat. Arturia DX7v Plugin (FFL!)

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Here's my deconstruction the classic RnB track 'Twilight' by Maze. Originally released in 1985, to a relatively modest reception, the track was a torchbearer for the loops and bassline style that would go on to define house music.
It's also a love letter to one of my all time favourite synths the Yamaha DX7, and a chance to look at the fantastic Arturia DX7v plugin.

Ableton Live Deconstruction: 808 State - Pacific 707 at SARM Music Village

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This was filmed last November at SARM Music Village, just after Trevor Horn deconstructed Relax!

Making a Track in Ableton Live 10: First Look + New Features

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I was really lucky to get my hands on Ableton Live 10 a few weeks ahead of the announcement on 2nd Nov 2017. I'm loving the new features, especially the new clip manipulation features in the Arrangement view.
Wavetable synth is gorgeous too!

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

Deconstruction: DJ Shadow - Mutual Slump @ Sonar +D, Barcelona

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I was so happy to be invited back to Sonar this year to do a presentation. In honour of DJ Shadow who was one of the headliners, I chose to deconstruct 'Mutual Slump' from his classic album 'Endtroducing'.

I'd like to give a massive shout out to one of my favourite podcasts, Song Exploder for providing the inspiration for this deconstruction.

Ableton Live Deconstruction: Jamiroquai - Automaton at IMS College Malta

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I really enjoyed heading out to Malta again this summer for IMS where I presented this deconstruction of Jamiroquai's 'Automaton'.

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

IMS College Malta 2017 Masterclass

I'm looking forward to visiting IMS Malta again this year where I'll be deconstructing Jamiroquai’s recent hit ‘Automaton’.
What's more, I've got five passes to give away, so get in touch if you're interested. You'll have to make your own way to Malta though!
https://www.facebook.com/IMSCollegeOfficial - @IMSCollegeOfficial
https://www.instagram.com/imscollege - @imscollege
https://twitter.com/imscollege - @imscollege

Date: 
Friday, July 7, 2017
IMS College Malta 2017 Masterclass

Sonar 2017 Point Blank Deconstruction Masterclass

I'm looking forward to hitting Barcelona for Sonar 2017 on Thursday 15th June! Check out the blurb below..

Point Blank presents ‘Deconstruction Masterclass‘ at Sónar+D, a session in which a hit will be dissected in order to analyse its elements: sounds, effects, structure and techniques used while producing. The song selected for this workshop will be 'Mutual Slump' by DJ Shadow.

This masterclass will be given by Point Blank Lead Course Developer Ski Oakenfull. Active in the electronic music scene since 1991, Oakenfull has been keyboardist, producer and remixer for bands and musicians such as Galliano, Incognito, Jakatta and many others.

Date: 
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Sonar 2017 Point Blank Deconstruction Masterclass