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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.

All The Way (Bluey & Ski's Incognito Remix)

Format(s): 
Remix
Artist Name: 
Julee Karan
All The Way (Bluey & Ski's Incognito Remix)
Sample Audio : All The Way (Bluey & Ski's Incognito Remix)
Tracklisting: 
01 Rendez-Vous
Tracklisting: 
02 All The Way
Tracklisting: 
03 All The Way (Bluey & Ski's Incognito Remix)
Release Date: 
25 July, 2012
Record Label(s): 
NAYUTAWAVE RECORDS
Role(s): 
Performer (Other Artist's Music)
Role(s): 
Remixer (Ski)

Hashya Melodies [used for japanese artikids video]

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This was sent to me by Chihiro Butterfly who sung on this Ayota track of mine.
It was released last year and can be purchased here.

Ableton Live Tutorial - Creating a Beat with Found Sounds from Japan

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I've been coming to Japan quite regularly for over 20 years, and one of the things I love doing while I'm here is collecting sounds to take back with me to London. In the old days I would take a portable DAT recorder... later a Mini Disk recorder, but this year I was lucky enough to have a brand new Tascam DR-07 MkII. The advantage of this is that the audio is recorded straight to an SD Card, so I can transfer the files to the computer very easily using a USB cable.

So I thought I'd make a video for Point Blank demonstrating how I go about recording and organising the sounds, and then start using them creatively in Ableton Live.

Collecting 'found sounds' for your production palette is a great way of stepping away from the sample libraries and plugin presets, and moving towards organic sounds that are completely unique to your music.

I have made all the sounds (and more) featured in this video available to download for a limited period.

You can download and preview them individually from my Soundcloud page:
http://soundcloud.com/skioakenfull/sets/japan-found-sound-2012

...and they can also be downloaded as a bundle from my website..
http://www.skioakenfull.com/sounds/japanese_found_sounds_summer_2012

Hope you enjoy the sounds and the video too!

EMC Tutorial #4 - Deconstructing Michael Jackson's 'I Can't Help It'

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This is the fourth 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 and chorus of  I can't help it by Michael Jackson, using the amazing sounding EP73 Rhodes from Sonic Couture.

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.

Friday Forum Live! - Deep House Chords in Ableton - 6th July 2012

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This was my first Point Blank Friday Forum Live! session in which I expanded on my previous Ableton Arpeggiated Chord Pattern Generator tutorial, by exploring more of the musical theory behind it, and talking about the Electronic Music Composition course that I have recently developed.
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.
You can check out a behind the scenes picture 10 minutes before we went on air here..

Primary School Year 3 Sound Composition Workshop

This is a project I was asked to do at my son's school in Hackney. I asked the children in his class (7-8 year olds) to bring in a sound made either with an object or their body. I recorded each sound individually in groups of 5 or 6 children, and then composed a short piece of music using these sounds. I used examples such as John Cage and The KLF to explain how music can be thought of in lots of different ways, and also to how we should appreciate the sounds around us. While we were recording in a separate room, the rest of the class listened to Holst's 'The Planets' and drew amazing coloured pictures in response to the music. They also drew a picture to represent each of their individual sounds. Please check out the Facebook page to find out more: http://www.facebook.com/GrasmereSounds

Also check out this great John Cage resource at Artsy.net

You can have a listen to the five short pieces of music here:

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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