Tutorials

Ski's Music Technology Tutorial work

Ableton Loop 2017

I'll be doing two presentations at Ableton's Loop event in Berlin in November.
The first one on Friday 10th November will be a deconstruction of Unfinished Sympathy by Massive Attack:
Details here: https://loop.ableton.com/2017/program/activity/live-track-deconstruction...
The second presentation on Saturday 11th November will be a walkthrough of the music I was recently commissioned to write for the Life Exhibition at Christies http://tinyurl.com/yb276qay
Details here: https://loop.ableton.com/2017/program/activity/commission-exhibition-wri...

Here's the blurb from the Loop website:

Ski is an accomplished keyboard player, artist, producer, remixer and composer whose work credits include Joey Negro, Incognito, Gilles Peterson, Galliano and the Bays.
As a result, Ski brings a high level of musicianship, technical ability and music industry experience to his role heading up course development at award-winning Point Blank Music School, where his stellar work includes developing the BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering degree which is taught in the London and online schools. 

Whilst developing the groundbreaking Electronic Music Composition online module, Ski patented a unique ‘Deconstruction’ teaching method, a fascinating way of breaking down great classic and current tracks into their constituent parts to show how the beats, melodies and arrangement were put together. This method provides a uniquely soft approach to learning important elements of music theory and has proved highly popular with Point Blank’s aspiring producer/composers, and Ski has since taken the format to industry events worldwide including Sonar, ADE and IMS Ibiza, giving insights into hundreds of tracks for students to enjoy and learn from.

Date: 
Friday, November 10, 2017
Ableton Loop 2017

IMS College Malta 2017 Masterclass

I'm looking forward to visiting IMS Malta again this year where I'll be deconstructing Jamiroquai’s recent hit ‘Automaton’.
What's more, I've got five passes to give away, so get in touch if you're interested. You'll have to make your own way to Malta though!
https://www.facebook.com/IMSCollegeOfficial - @IMSCollegeOfficial
https://www.instagram.com/imscollege - @imscollege
https://twitter.com/imscollege - @imscollege

Date: 
Friday, July 7, 2017
IMS College Malta 2017 Masterclass

Sonar 2017 Point Blank Deconstruction Masterclass

I'm looking forward to hitting Barcelona for Sonar 2017 on Thursday 15th June! Check out the blurb below..

Point Blank presents ‘Deconstruction Masterclass‘ at Sónar+D, a session in which a hit will be dissected in order to analyse its elements: sounds, effects, structure and techniques used while producing. The song selected for this workshop will be 'Mutual Slump' by DJ Shadow.

This masterclass will be given by Point Blank Lead Course Developer Ski Oakenfull. Active in the electronic music scene since 1991, Oakenfull has been keyboardist, producer and remixer for bands and musicians such as Galliano, Incognito, Jakatta and many others.

Date: 
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Sonar 2017 Point Blank Deconstruction Masterclass

Band Aid - 'Do They Know It's Christmas': Ableton Live Deconstruction (Christmas FFL!)

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Happy Christmas!
This went out as a live stream at Point Blank on Friday 16th December 2016.
You can download the project here: http://ow.ly/WChH307cgXZ

Ghostbusters – Ableton Live Deconstruction (Halloween Special FFL!)

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Happy Halloween!
This went out as a live stream at Point Blank on Friday 28th October 2016.
You can download the project here: http://www.pointblankmusicschool.com/download/content/downloads/free-sou...
And the acapella is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRhWVW-fFVg

Recording Tabla in Ableton Live (FFL!)

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This went out as a live FFL stream at Point Blank on Friday 30th September 2016. Thanks for Sirish Kumar Manji for the fantastic Tabla playing.

Prince - Sign O' The Times Deconstruction Live

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This went out as a live stream at Point Blank's open house event on Friday 9th September 2016

Duke Dumont – Ocean Drive Ableton Live Deconstruction @ IMS Malta

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I really enjoyed heading out to Malta this summer for IMS where I presented this deconstruction of Duke Dumont's Ocean drive. Check back for downloadable parts from the track...

New Order – Blue Monday Ableton Live Deconstruction @ Sonar +D

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I was lucky enough to be invited by Point Blank to do a presentation at the world famous Sonar Electronic music festival in Barcelona last month. In honour of New Order who were one of the headliners, I chose to dissect their classic track 'Blue Monday'.
Feel free to download the Ableton project here so you can play along!
http://bit.ly/29MNmyH

Plugin of the Week: TAL-U-NO-LX

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Taken from a Facebook Live stream, Ski Oakenfull and Declan McGlynn discuss TAL's impressive U-NO-LX Juno-60 emulation along with the Sound Force SFC-60 controller. Make sure you head over to our Facebook page for more live streams:

You can download the Yazoo presets mentioned in the video here:
https://www.skioakenfull.com/sounds/yazoo_dont_go_tal_u_no_lx_presets

I'm also attaching the pad sound preset after someone asked for it :)