Tutorials

Ski's Music Technology Tutorial work

The Human League - Don't You Want Me (Xmas special)

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Happy Christmas everyone! Here's the last Point Blank FFL of the year which we filmed inside a cosy log cabin in Switzerland. It was quite hard work carrying my Arp Odyssey and Push2 up the mountain, but luckily I'm a great skier so it should be easy getting back down.
You can download the Ableton project here:
http://ow.ly/W5iKu
All the best for 2016!

Stardust - Music Sounds Better With You (Ableton Push 2 Deconstruction)

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This is deconstruction of the seminal French house track by Thomas Bangalter, Alan Braxe and Benjamin Diamond which samples Chaka Khan's Fate. I enjoyed checking out the new filters in Live 9.5 as well as the slice mode.

Ableton Push 2: Sampling from vinyl

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Alongside my 'First Look' video, I also made this video which showcases the sampling capability of Push 2 and Live 9.5. You can check out the track I made here: https://soundcloud.com/skioakenfull/beastie-boys-sure-shot-ski-oakenfull...

Ableton Push 2: First Look

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I was really lucky to get my hands in Ableton Push 2 a week before release so I could make this video. The new waveform manipulation is amazing! It takes me back to the days of using an AKAI S3000 sampler.

How to Sing: Lorde - Royals with Valerie Etienne

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Check out this vocal tutorial I made with my long time compadre Valerie Etienne

Roots Manuva - Witness (1 Hope) Deconstruction in Ableton Live

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Here's another deconstruction. I love this track by Roots Manuva, originally released in 2001 on Big Dada Records. In the video I program the beat, and design the bass and arpeggio sample. There's also a little jam at the end with some vocals provided by fire_sign . Also check out the great Ninja Jamm app from Ninja Tunes.

Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne - Real Love Deconstruction in Ableton Live

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Here's another deconstruction. I chose this one as I was given it as a reference track for a writing session I did recently. I love Jess's vocals and think it's a great pop track. In the video I look at some basic music theory, recreate the main elements, focus on production techniques and a little bit of sound design too! Hope you like it.

Ableton Deconstruction: Herbie Hancock - Chameleon (FFL!)

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For this FFL! on May 8th 2015, Ski Oakenfull and EMC instructor Tom O'Grady deconstruct the classic 'Chameleon' by Herbie Hancock using Ableton Live.

Shop 'n' Chop (Sampling Tutorial in Ableton Live)

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I was set the challenge of creating a track entirely from hand-picked samples taken from vinyl. Check out my sampling and beat-making process in the resulting video episode, Shop 'n' Chop!

Big thanks to Vinyl Pimp in Hackney Wick, East London :: http://www.vinylpimp.co.uk

Disclosure - Latch Deconstruction in Ableton Live

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Here's a live deconstruction I did of this amazing track by Disclosure. It was probably the hardest one I've done as it has a triplet beat and the chords are so complex, but it was fun nevertheless! I made one mistake in the heat of the moment which was putting double the amount of the glitchy crackles in the beat.. they should have been just once in every bar. Anyway, you can download the Ableton project here :: http://ow.ly/JFNeh so you can check out all the parts I programmed - You'll need to register with Point Blank to download all their free content If you haven't already.
I'm also providing the arpeggio and chord screenshots to download below. Have fun!!