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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 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.

Ski's Deep Jazz Mix #1

Date: 
14 June, 2012
Here are a few favourite deep jazz tracks that I've managed to search out over the years.. Check out the amazing Jewish Prayer Ceremony lead by Herbie Hancock, alongside Bobby Hutcherson's beautiful piece performed on a balcony overlooking the Californian hills..

EMC Tutorial #3 - Deconstructing Faithless 'Insomnia'

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This is the third 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 breaks down the chord sequences in the verse, bridge and chorus of Insomnia by Faithless.

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.

Demo track for the launch party of 'Madplayer' @ Ministry of Sound May 2002

Of all the bizarre things I've done in the last 20 years of my musical career, this was one of strangest.. I was asked to 'demonstrate' a brand new gadget called the 'Madplayer' that was half mp3 player, half garage band..in a box. It allowed you to combine beats, bass lines, chords, melodies etc on the fly. Some of the sounds were actually quite good, but the product quickly died a death with the emerging popularity of iPods.
Earl Zinger was initially asked to do the demo, but he politely turned it down and asked me to take on the task, which I reluctantly agreed to. It involved writing a piece of music entirely on the device, and then 'performing' it in front of about 100 people at a special launch party at the Ministry of Sound in May 2002. Even though the 'Madplayer' had a built in sequencer, I cheated a bit by recording loops from it into Logic, and then arranging a track which I ended up playing from a CD. I also added a few of my own sounds, most notably a Roland SH-101 bass line.
Anyway, I'd completely forgotten about the track, and stumbled across the CD this evening, so I thought I'd upload it to Soundcloud. It features Rose Smith on vocals, who sung on my 'Life Changes' LP.
You can read more about the doomed gadget here:
http://www.firebox.com/product/400/MadPlayer
and here:
http://www.pchardware.co.uk/madplayer.php

Release Update - Remix of 'Voice Within' by Akio Dobashi

The remix for I did for Akio Dobashi was released this week in Japan.
Here is a link to iTunes:
http://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/id522322228
For those that don't know, Akio used to be in a famous band called Rebecca. I met him whilst DJing in Tokyo with my friend Terry Washizu a few years ago, and Akio recently did a great remix of my Thousand Knives track. The song I've remixed is from his new album entitled 'Best of All Time' and features the great vocals of Juline. The legendary Bluey from Incognito also plays guitar on it!
You can check Akio's website for more info about him and his projects. He has made a promo video to go with my remix which you can see below!

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Can't Get You Out Of My Head on SNL

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I played keyboards for Kylie on this episode of Saturday Night Live. It was broadcast on March 16th 2002.
You can watch the whole show here:
http://www.blinkbox.com/Free/Television/38050/Saturday-Night-Live-S27E15...
and there is a blog entry about this performance here:
http://kylieminogue.blog.cz/en/1105/can-t-get-you-out-of-my-head-saturda...

Murray James - In The City

Here's a brand new video from an artist I have been working with for the last few years. The demos that I produced led to him getting a deal with Rocket Management and then Deconstruction Records. This is the first single.. I produced and played on the initial version, and then top producer Dan Grech added his magic..
It's being released next month, with the album to follow which I have also contributed to.
Please check out Murray's Facebook page for more info..
http://www.facebook.com/murrayjamesmusic

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EMC Tutorial #2 - Deconstructing Miike Snow's 'Devil's Work'

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This is the second 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 breaks down the chord sequences in the verse, bridge and chorus of Devil's Work by Miike Snow.

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.

EMC Tutorial #1 - Deconstructing Emile Sande's 'Heaven'

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Welcome to a new 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 breaks down the chord sequences in the verse, bridge and chorus of Heaven by Emeli Sande.

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.

New Remix for Akio Dobashi

I've just completed a remix for my friend Akio Dobashi. For those that don't know he used to be in a famous band called Rebecca. I met him whilst DJing in Tokyo with my friend Terry Washizu a few years ago, and Akio recently did a great remix of my Thousand Knives track. The song I've remixed is from his new album entitled 'Best of All Time' and features the great vocals of Juline. The legendary Bluey from Incognito also plays guitar on it! As soon as I get a release date for this I'll let you know!You can check Akio's website for more deatails on the release.. meanwhile here's the mix..

Ayota's Helicopter Cuts LP due for release in April 2012

Here is a track from my forthcoming Ayota album Helicopter Cuts, due for release in April 2012 on Third Ear Records.
Check here for the Discogs entry for the album that was released in Japan a few years ago.
There is also some brand new Ayota material on the way later in the year for release on Primaudial Records.

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