Tutorials

Ski's Music Technology Tutorial work

Shop 'n' Chop (Sampling Tutorial in Ableton Live)

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I was set the challenge of creating a track entirely from hand-picked samples taken from vinyl. Check out my sampling and beat-making process in the resulting video episode, Shop 'n' Chop!

Big thanks to Vinyl Pimp in Hackney Wick, East London :: http://www.vinylpimp.co.uk

Disclosure - Latch Deconstruction in Ableton Live

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Here's a live deconstruction I did of this amazing track by Disclosure. It was probably the hardest one I've done as it has a triplet beat and the chords are so complex, but it was fun nevertheless! I made one mistake in the heat of the moment which was putting double the amount of the glitchy crackles in the beat.. they should have been just once in every bar. Anyway, you can download the Ableton project here :: http://ow.ly/JFNeh so you can check out all the parts I programmed - You'll need to register with Point Blank to download all their free content If you haven't already.
I'm also providing the arpeggio and chord screenshots to download below. Have fun!!

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1gewNVv1UY
Find out more about my Point Blank EMC course :: http://ow.ly/ttw4i

Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmas Time (Xmas special)

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It's that time of year again, and after last year's 'Last Christmas' deconstruction I thought I'd tackle another Xmas classic! I've always liked this track mainly for the distinctive synth riff, so I was keen to research exactly what synth he used, and what the chords were. It turns out it was a CS-80 (here's evidence!) , so I set about recreating the patch using Analog. Also I found this great photo of Paul in the studio playing his CS-80 around this time (maybe even during the session!).

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

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

Logic Pro X - Vocal Comping

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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.
In a video from our Logic Pro 2: Advanced Production course, Ski takes a look at how to deal with vocal comping. Take the full sample course here :: http://ow.ly/ttzQj
The course launched last October and you can sign up for it here:
http://tinyurl.com/qdzfu68
You can also check out the new Logic Pro 2: Advanced course here:
http://tinyurl.com/qjhfnpn