ski

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.

Michael Jackson - Thriller Deconstruction (Halloween special)

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This was one of the most enjoyable deconstructions, as it's a track from one of my all time favourite albums. I love how the chords interact with the melodic bassline which pedals on the tonic until the middle section. Rod Temperton's writing is obviously at its peak here, with MJ putting everything into the vocal. Quincy Jones is getting the best performances from don musicians such as Greg Phillinganes, Brian Banks and David Williams. Stunning track from a stunning album.. this was a journey of discovery.
Apologies for the jerky video.. it was live, and the broadcast laptop was running slow due to overheating and choked upload speed.
Find out more about Ski's EMC course :: http://ow.ly/ttw4i

Neutrik Patch Bay Labels

After searching around unsuccessfully for a template to print labels for my 1/4" Jack Neutrik patchbay, I decided to make one myself. It's an Excel file and is attached to this post. The patchbay model is here:
http://www.studiospares.com/patchbays/neutrik-48-way-jack-patchbay/invt/...
Enjoy!

Neutrik Patch Bay Labels
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Caribou - Can't Do Without You Deconstruction in Ableton Live

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After a brief summer break, Friday Forum is back with another deconstruction from PB's very own half-man half-keyboard and Electronic Music Composition (EMC) course. This time, we're tackling one of the songs of the summer - Caribou's Can't Do Without You.
Find out more about Ski's EMC course :: http://ow.ly/ttw4i
or the Ableton Diploma :: http://ow.ly/B9242

Rob Dougan - Clubbed to Death Deconstruction in Ableton Live (Live at Meltdown Festival)

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EMC course tutor Ski Oakenfull deconstructs Rob Dougan's classic Clubbed to Death in front of the Southbank Centre crowd during James Lavelle's Meltdown Festival.
Find out more about our EMC course :: http://ow.ly/ttw4i

Todd Terje - Delorean Dynamite Deconstruction (Part 2)

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In part 2 of this deconstruction, EMC course developer Ski Oakenfull looks at how the bass line and synth sounds were made using Ableton Live 9's Analog synth.
Find out more about our EMC course :: http://ow.ly/ttw4i

Todd Terje - Delorean Dynamite Deconstruction (Part 1)

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In part 1 of this deconstruction, EMC course developer Ski Oakenfull breaks down Todd Terje's cosmic classic Delorean Dynamite and shows some Ableton Live sequencing tricks.
Find out more about our EMC course :: http://ow.ly/ttw4i

How to Sing: Pharrell Williams - Happy

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Course tutors Ski Oakenfull and Phil Ramacon explain how to sing the harmonies in Pharrell's Happy.

Logic Pro 1: Production - Course Preview

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Apple's announcement of the Logic X upgrade last last year took everyone by surprise but was widely welcomed.
As well as many brand new features, it had a new look and rewrite of terminology and key commands.
Ski's job has been to manage the update of Point Blank Online School's flagship Logic course from 9 to X, which meant updating all terms, screenshots and the majority of videos.
The course launched last October and you can sign up for it here:
http://tinyurl.com/qdzfu68
Ski is currently putting the finishing touches to Logic Pro 2: Advanced Production which launches in February. You can check it out here:
http://tinyurl.com/qjhfnpn

Making music with an iPad

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In his latest video Ski introduces you to iPad music-making using Garageband 2.0 and an iPad Mini

The Return of Galliano at House of St. Barnabas

Some pictures from the Galliano gig at the House of St. Barnabas on Tuesday 3rd December 2013
Read a great article here: http://ancienttofuture.com/2013/12/11/the-return-of-galliano/
And there are some more photos of the night here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/alalchan/sets/72157638336880443/