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Ski's Music Technology Tutorial work

EMC² - Deconstructing Avicii - Levels

EMC² - Deconstructing Avicii - Levels

This is the first in a new 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 video Ski introduces the brand new EMC2 course. Using Ableton Live, Ski looks at the chords in two sections of Aviici's massive track 'Levels'.

You can learn more techniques like this on Point Blank's online Electronic Music Composition course and the forthcoming EMC2 course, both of which have been developed by Ski himself. The courses 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.

Exclusive Ableton Live 9 Demo - Audio to Midi Feature

Exclusive Ableton Live 9 Demo - Audio to Midi Feature

I was lucky enough to be given a Beta version of Ableton's new Live 9 a couple of months ago. One of the most interesting features is the new Audio to Midi function, which sets out to give Melodyne a run for it's money. The great thing is how it is integrated into the contextual menu alongside the existing 'Slice To Midi' function, so you have a lot of audio converting power at your fingertips!

The beat extraction works really well, managing to pick out Kick, Snare & Hat sounds and recreate the pattern using a Drum Rack. This presents so many exciting possibilities, especially on the remix front. The chord extraction was a little bit more fiddly, but with the powerful Midi devices and editing possibilities that already exist in Ableton, you can quickly get some great results.

Check out the video where I take a beat from AudioMontage (aka Jimpster) and combine it with the intro chord progression from Kraftwerk's Trans Europe Express.

EMC Tutorial #10 - Deconstructing Justice vs Simian - We Are Your Friends

EMC Tutorial #10 - Deconstructing Justice vs Simian - We Are Your Friends

This is the tenth 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

This is the last of three special episodes of the EMC series recorded live at Amsterdam Dance Event 2012. In this one Ski Oakenfull breaks down the music theory behind Justice vs Simian's track 'We Are Your Friends' within Ableton Live.

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.

EMC Tutorial #9 - Deconstructing SBTRKT - Wildfire

EMC Tutorial #9 - Deconstructing SBTRKT - Wildfire

This is the ninth 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

This is the second of three special episodes of the EMC series recorded live at Amsterdam Dance Event 2012. In this one Ski Oakenfull breaks down the music theory behind SBTRKT's track 'Wildfire' within Ableton Live.

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.

EMC Tutorial #8 - Deconstructing Mr. Fingers - Can You Feel It

EMC Tutorial #8 - Deconstructing Mr. Fingers - Can You Feel It

This is the eighth 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

This is the first of three special episodes of the EMC series recorded live at Amsterdam Dance Event 2012. In this one Ski Oakenfull breaks down the music theory behind Mr. Fingers' legendary house track 'Can You Feel It' within Ableton Live.

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.

EMC Tutorial #7 - Deconstructing Azealia Banks ft. Lazy Jay '212'

EMC Tutorial #7 - Deconstructing Azealia Banks ft. Lazy Jay '212'

This is the seventh 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 recreates 212 by Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay in Ableton with the help of an Native Instruments' Massive.

You can download the Massive patch used in this tutorial for free here..

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.

Check out Ableton's blog piece about this tutorial..

Friday Forum Live! - Creating Rises and Sweeps in Ableton Live - 26th October 2012

Friday Forum Live! - Creating Rises and Sweeps in Ableton Live - 26th October 2012

This was my third Point Blank Friday Forum Live! session in which I demonstrated how the new Point Blank Max for Live Riser Device which you can download for free here.. http://ow.ly/eHMbO<

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.

NI Maschine 1.8 Software Update (pt 2) Time Stretching a Vocal Acapella

NI Maschine 1.8 Software Update (pt 2) Time Stretching a Vocal Acapella

Ahead of the imminent release of the new range of Akai MPC hardware, Native Instruments have introduced MK2 of their hugely popular Maschine, and also updated the associated software to 1.8. It boasts many new useful features that not only exploit the colourful second incarnation of their Rhythm Machine, but breathe new life into MK1.

In part two of this series of tutorials, Ski continues his look at the new Time Stretch function by attempting to get a Vocal Acapella (of a different tempo to his original beat) in time.

You can check out loads more tutorial videos at Point Blank Online.

NI Maschine 1.8 Software Update (pt 1) - Time Stretching a Conga Loop

NI Maschine 1.8 Software Update (pt 1) - Time Stretching a Conga Loop

Ahead of the imminent release of the new range of Akai MPC hardware, Native Instruments have introduced MK2 of their hugely popular Maschine, and also updated the associated software to 1.8. It boasts many new useful features that not only exploit the colourful second incarnation of their Rhythm Machine, but breath new life into MK1. These include New Analog sounding Effects, Time Stretch and Pitch Shift, New Browser sample preview mode, Sample play position indicator to name but a few.

In this tutorial video, I'm going to focus on the Time Stretch function which has been probably the most sought after feature since the last update.

To get things started, I created a house groove using drum sounds from my library, combined with Bass, Pad and Rhodes sounds all sourced from Native Instruments' own Absynth and Kontakt libraries. I particularly liked the sound of Maschine's own 'ICE' Reverb used on the Rhodes stab.

EMC Tutorial #6 - Deconstructing Orbital's 'Chime'

EMC Tutorial #6 - Deconstructing Orbital's 'Chime'

This is the sixth 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 recreates Chime by Orbital in Ableton with the help of an Akai APC40.

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.
Check out Ableton's blog piece about this tutorial..