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.

Moderat - Bad Kingdon Deconstruction in Bitwig Studio

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Here's a deconstruction I did of this great track by Moderat using Bitwig Studio. The main devices used were Polysynth, Drum Machine & Sampler.
Here's the original track:
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Interview for Point Blank

Here's an interview I did recently for Point Blank. There's loads of exciting stuff happening at PB in 2015.. check back for more details!

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I installed Bitwig yesterday and gave it a whirl (without looking at the manual). I've got loads of ground to cover, and only scratched the surface... but really enjoyed it.
Here are a few quick first impressions:

Simple global shuffle - something abelton dispensed with - great to have it back
Feels very solid and sounds crisp
Love the built in synth devices

No input auto-quantize
No AU support

I understand my cons are going to be addressed in future updates. The next job is getting it hooked up to my Push!

Here's my first 5 minute jam..

Bankside Social #2

I'll be sitting on a panel discussion at this event curated by Nick Luscombe (Radio 3 Late Junction). Here are the details:

Following our sold out launch in March, Bankside Social returns on the evening of Tuesday November 18th 2014 at Topolski Gallery & Bar, located in the railway arches two minutes’ walk from Waterloo, en route from the station to the South Bank.

As with our first Bankside Social, the lineup for our second outing has come together (and continues to evolve) serendipitously. Which is a fancy way of saying that we follow our noses. This time we're been delving further into the burgeoning electro-acoustic music scene and some of the exciting new artists, performers and even instruments that are emerging around it.

We have an exclusive debut performance from Zufällig, a new band that's emerged from psychedelic electro-rock band Death in Vegas, whose compositions soundtracked numerous advertisements, films and computer games. "Live instrumental electroacoustic music, improvised electronics, textural guitars and treated woodwind."
Listen here:

Riz Maslen aka Neotropic, has been described as one of the most prominent women composers working in experimental electronic music. In addition to her warm electronic programming, her output embraces folk, psychedelic pop and an interest in the darker side of experimental film & photography.
Listen here:

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Bankside Social #2

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.
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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:

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.
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or the Ableton Diploma ::

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.
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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.
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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.
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