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Welcome to the official Ski Oakenfull Website.
Ski is an Artist, Keyboard player, Producer, Remixer and Composer living in London. Having started his career with The K-Creative who were signed to Gilles Peterson's Talkin' Loud label in 1991, he went on to release two solo albums, Life Changes & Rising Son, play keyboards with bands such as Galliano, Raw Stylus & Two Banks of Four, remix over 50 tracks, and work at Xenomania. He currently releases music on his own label, Primaudial Records, plays live with The Bays, writes & produces with artists such as Incognito, Joey Negro, Valerie Etienne. He has an Ambient Electronic project called Ayota, and also does a bit of DJing in his spare time. Alongside his production work, Ski holds the position of Head of Education & Development at Point Blank Music School where he writes courses in electronic music for their BA (Hons) degree programmes. He has also made over a hundred videos for the school’s YouTube channel which have racked up over six million views.. Please have a look around this site, and feel free to leave a message.

EMC Tutorial #8 - Deconstructing Mr. Fingers - Can You Feel It

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This is the eighth in a series of tutorials from Ski Oakenfull covering a variety of aspects of electronic music composition. Point Blank want you to get involved in this series, so if you can think of well known track for Ski to deconstruct musically in the next tutorial then hit us up on twitter with:
#emcrequest @point_blank + your suggested track title

This is the first of three special episodes of the EMC series recorded live at Amsterdam Dance Event 2012. In this one Ski Oakenfull breaks down the music theory behind Mr. Fingers' legendary house track 'Can You Feel It' within Ableton Live.

You can learn more techniques like this on Point Blank's new online Electronic Music Composition course which has been developed by Ski himself. The course will show you how to develop the musical aspects of your tracks in an easy to understand way without getting bogged down with too much scales and theory.

Ski Interview at the Amsterdam Dance Event 2012

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Check out the highlights from Point Blank's time in Amsterdam where instructor Ski Oakenfull was at Cafe Cox giving 3 Ableton Live seminars as part of the ADE Playground. While we were there we also caught up with Andy Mac, product specialist at Akai Professional to talk about the MPC Renaissance

Later we headed to the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs party where we chatted to Ed Real, Managing Director at Track It Down about the state of the online landscape for electronic music artists today.

Breaking down Azealia Banks '212' Article in DJ Mag Weekly 127

The Azealia Banks '212' Tutorial video I made for Point Blank Online College was published recently in the DJ Mag Free online edition. You can check it out here: http://www.djmag.com/djweekly/ Its DJ Weekly 127.
I'm also attaching the offline version for you to download. You'll find the attachment underneath the picture..
You can also download the Native Instruments Massive Patch I created in the tutorial here.

Here's the accompanying text:

Breaking down Azealia Banks '212' Article in DJ Mag Weekly 127
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Breakfast TV Talkin' Loud Feature circa 1990 with Gilles Peterson

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This was filmed for a breakfast TV feature sometime in 1990 at John Henry Rehearsal studios London. Presented by Brenda Emmanus. Gilles Peterson is interviewed with the shadow of Chris Bowden's Sax in the background.
The track that The K-Creative are playing is 'K Spellz Knowledge' from their debut album Q.E.D.
http://www.discogs.com/K-Creative-QED-Question-Everything-Done/release/3...

Like The K-Creative on Facebook here:
http://www.facebook.com/thekcreativefanpage

Rapido TV Talkin' Loud Label Feature circa 1990 with Gilles Peterson

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A Rapido TV Talkin' Loud Label Feature from around 1990.
Interviews & music from Gilles Peterson, Omar, Bluey from Incognito, Young Disciples, Galliano & The K-Creative. The last track features The K-Creative playing at the old Bass Clef club in Hoxton Square. Gilles' Interview is filmed outside the old Wessex Studios in Highbury which was where Bluey's studio was located.
The track that The K-Creative are playing is 'Brother John' from their debut album Q.E.D.
http://www.discogs.com/K-Creative-QED-Question-Everything-Done/release/3...

Like The K-Creative on Facebook here:
http://www.facebook.com/thekcreativefanpage

EMC Tutorial #7 - Deconstructing Azealia Banks ft. Lazy Jay '212'

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This is the seventh in a series of tutorials from Ski Oakenfull covering a variety of aspects of electronic music composition. Point Blank want you to get involved in this series, so if you can think of well known track for Ski to deconstruct musically in the next tutorial then hit us up on twitter with:

#emcrequest @point_blank + your suggested track title

In this tutorial he recreates 212 by Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay in Ableton with the help of an Native Instruments' Massive.

You can download the Massive patch used in this tutorial for free here..

You can learn more techniques like this on Point Blank's new online Electronic Music Composition course which has been developed by Ski himself. The course will show you how to develop the musical aspects of your tracks in an easy to understand way without getting bogged down with too much scales and theory.

Check out Ableton's blog piece about this tutorial..

Friday Forum Live! - Creating Rises and Sweeps in Ableton Live - 26th October 2012

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This was my third Point Blank Friday Forum Live! session in which I demonstrated how the new Point Blank Max for Live Riser Device which you can download for free here.. http://ow.ly/eHMbO
The aim of these sessions is to give people a taste of how the online school masterclasses work as a method of feedback and interaction, whilst providing an opportunity to ask live questions to the Point Blank team.

Article on Ableton's recent Live 9 Update and PUSH from Point Blank Blog

This article was written by Ski for the Point Blank Blog and published on 29th October 2012

Live users have been anticipating the announcement of version 9 for over 3 years now, causing some intense speculation about what new features might be added.  So when it was finally announced last week, you can imagine the frenzy of excited tweeting and status updating that took place. Ableton’s biggest surprise however, was the announcement of a brand new hardware controller entitled ‘Push‘. On reflection it seems like natural move for Ableton to introduce their own controller, especially when you consider other companies such as Native Instruments andAkai who have been doing this for a quite a while now. Both NI’s Maschine and Akai’s new MPC Renaissance come with their own standalone DAW software, providing some real competition for Ableton. Push however, raises the bar, and by benefiting from it’s predecessors, the APC40 and Launchpad, has combined all the best features to create what seems to be a unique new controller. Let’s have a look at what it has to offer..

ableton push

Amsterdam ADE pics

Here are a couple of pics taken in Cafe Cox at the Amsterdam Dance Event last weekend by James Humby from Point Blank. James & Ski are currently editing the videos of the 3 seminars, and will let you know as soon as they are up on YouTube..

Amsterdam ADE pics
Amsterdam ADE pics

Maschine Update 1.8 (pt.2) Article in DJ Mag Weekly 123

The Maschine 1.8 (pt2) Vocal Timestretching Tutorial video I made for Point Blank Online College was published recently in the DJ Mag Free online edition. You can check it out here: http://www.djmag.com/djweekly/ Its DJ Weekly 123.
I'm also attaching the offline version for you to download. You'll find the attachment underneath the picture..

Maschine Update 1.8 (pt.2) Article in DJ Mag Weekly 123
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