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Point Blank on Pioneer DJ Radio: ElPeche

One of the many reasons to learn the craft of DJing at Point Blank is that you get the chance to have your mixes played exclusively on Pioneer DJ Radio alongside the likes of top artists like Slam, Sante and Eats Everything. We get a real kick out of showcasing our students’ talent and seeing it reach an audience of thousands each week. What’s more, because PDJR also features shows from some of the biggest and best labels out there including Cadenza, Get Physical and Defected, you never know who might be listening.

PB DJPoint Blank’s brand new DJ Studio in our second London facility is sponsored by Pioneer DJ and features all of the latest top-of-the-range kit – including CDJ2000nxs, DJM2000nxs and the DDJ-SX controller

This week it was the turn of Arthur Carneiro, better known to discerning London and São Paulo partygoers as ElPeche. Part of the Sonido Trópico collective, ElPeche has been cultivating a thriving underground scene away from the commercial dance clubs in Brazil’s sprawling metropolis for the past two years. It’s a scene that returns to Brazil’s musical heritage in a bid to break with the homogeneity of the global mainstream – as you can hear in his Pioneer DJ Radio mix. Think slow BPMs, Latin flourishes and humid psychedelia. A rising artist and DJ in the UK and Brazil, Caneiro originally studied the advanced DJ course, and is currently studying Sound Engineering, Audio Mastering and Sound Design – all part of our comprehensive Music Production & Sound Engineering Complete Master Diploma – right here in London.

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Speaking about the DJ course, which remained a crucial stepping stone for the artist, he says: “I learnt all the really important things like mixing, beat juggling, live bootlegging and lots more! It was also really important to start on vinyl as it teaches you to use your ears instead of your eyes, even if nowadays I have migrated to the digital world of controllers, I still feel the benefits of having learnt the harder way, as it makes your sensitivity much higher.”

Like what you hear? You can find ElPeche on Soundcloud and Facebook, along with the Sonido Trópico family. If, however, you’re looking to get out there and start creating music yourself then come and join us. You can find out more about our DJ courses in London here, or, alternatively, you can speak to a course advisor or give us a call on 0207 729 4884. If you’re calling from outside of the UK, call +44 20 7729 4884. And remember, If you’re studying with us and want to join ElPeche in getting your DJ mix played on Point Blank’s show on Pioneer DJ Radio, get in touch with Louise at Point Blank.

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When you register with Point Blank, you access an array of free sounds, plugins, online course samples, access to our social network Plugged In and much more! Simply register below and visit our Free Stuff page to get your hands on a range of exclusive music-making tools and tutorials provided by the team. Fill your boots!

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Free TMA 2 Studio Headphones, Adobe Audition + Tascam Digital Recorder for Radio Students!

It’s no secret that a massive percentage – around 100% of a class – of Point Blank radio course students go on to achieve success in the industry after completing their study. Why? Because we believe in giving our students the very best practical foundation for their career – including all the kit needed to get a head start. On top of unlimited practice time in the Radio Practice studio, students on our Radio Broadcasting Diploma each receive a pair of Aiaiai TMA 2 professional studio headphones, a copy of professional editing software Adobe Audition and a Tascam digital recorder, all for FREE. To buy all this gear in the shops would cost £500, so that’s some serious saving. What’s more, we’re currently offering 10% off all diploma courses, including the Radio Broadcasting Diploma so you can save even more money. To get your discount, just go to the enrolment page and enter PB10 before 30th June.

However, the biggest incentive to study with us is our success rate. We’ve launched the careers of a broad spectrum of talent, from independent trailblazers like Radar Radio‘s Ollie Ashley and S I S T E R co-founder Shan McGinley, BBC radio stars like Monki and Gemma Cairney and groundbreaking producers like Anna Kay. From Beats 1 to 1Xtra, our former students lead the way, and as radio continues to evolve in step with technological advances and changing listening habits, many of our graduates are at the very forefront of these developments. Below is a small snapshot of some of our recent breakout radio talent, but the number is growing all the time. Could you be next?

If you’re thinking about studying radio with us, there’s no better time: in addition to our flagship Radio Broadcasting Diploma we now also offer a whole range of shorter courses which give you the option of drilling down into either the presenting and production aspects of radio.

Gemma Cairney (Radio Production part of the Radio Broadcasting Diploma )

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Gemma Cairney is one of the most recognisable of the BBC’s new generation of DJs. She’s hosted a number of Radio 1’s most high profile shows including Weekend Breakfast and the Surgery. A former stylist, she switched up careers after taking a Radio course at Point Blank – a decision that would help her land her first radio job, at Channel 4’s radio strand 4radio. From there she made the leap to 1Xtra and ultimately Radio 1. Also known for her radio documentaries and TV appearances, she’s cemented herself as one of the freshest voices in broadcasting and we’re proud to call her one of ours. Speaking on the role of Point Blank in her career, she says: “Without the intensity and professionalism of the Radio Course I would never have had the skills, knowledge or even guts to approach Channel 4 in the first place.”

Ollie Ashley (Founder of Radar Radio) – Radio Production (part of the Radio Broadcasting Diploma)

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Since studying with Point Blank, Ollie Ashley has gone on to make serious waves in the industry. He’s the founder and station manager of Radar Radio, which has already been received support from the likes of Thump and Fact Mag. The online station supports the best upcoming DJ talent, and regularly has shows hosted by the likes of Ikonika, Brackles, Amy Becker and Girl Unit.

Proving that your time at Point Blank is as much about building networks and fostering collaborations as it is completing award-winning courses, Ollie met fellow PB graduate Monki while studying here. After serving his time as an intern at Rinse FM he went on to become the station’s first full-time evening producer before becoming the studio manager at NTS for nine months. With both Rinse FM and NTS Radio on his CV, Ollie is now running his own station Radar Radio which continues to go from strength to strength.

Josh Dowler – Radio Production Certificate

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After completing the Radio Production Certificate, Josh Dowler went on to work alongside DJ and producer B. Traits at the record label Digital Soundboy, Radio 1 and 1Xtra. Josh initially met B. Traits when she came in to Point Blank to give a guest lecture for his radio class where she discussed her new role as a Radio 1 presenter as part of their “In New DJ’s We Trust” programming. He says, “after the lecture was over I spoke to her about some electronic artists I thought were showing promise for the forthcoming festival season and about the history of the bass music culture in Britain. We got on really well.” Four months later, Josh was contacted by B. Traits’ manager and asked if he would like to come in for an interview with her for two internships. The first as an intern at Digital Soundboy then secondly as her Radio Assistant on Radio 1 and 1Xtra.

Josh now aspires to produce specialist radio shows for DJ’s and pioneers of new sounds and regards his radio idols as the likes of Giles Peterson, Benji B and David Rodigan. Well embedded within London’s burgeoning radio movement, he broadcasts shows on Ollie Ashley’s Radar Radio and occasionally plays the ‘Open Deck’ slot on NTS Radio. He says “Attending Point Blank was the best thing I could have done to enhance my chances of gaining a foothold in the industry. The combination of learning the technical skills required in radio and hearing first hand the structure of how things work from tutors who not only teach the subject, but also have years of experience at the top, gave me all the confidence I needed to confirm that this was the industry I wanted to work in! The college has great facilities and a wealth of creativity round every corner. It’s a truly inspirational place not only for those passionate about radio, but music as a whole.”

Monki – Radio Course (part of the Radio Certificate)

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Both Radio 1 and 1Xtra have form when it comes to accommodating truly taste-making DJs in their schedules, and Monki continues that legacy with her eclectic underground vision. A club DJ at heart, after graduating from the Point Blank Radio Production Certificate course, Monki went on to DJ for Annie Mac’s AMP parties and Bestival Radio before landing a career-making slot at London’s Rinse FM while still in her teens. She now presents on 1Xtra and, frequently, Radio 1, bringing her club selections to a massive audience in the evening slot.

Shan McGinley – Radio Production Certificate

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Shan came to Point Blank to study the Radio Production Certificate. Since completing his course, he secured internships at a few of London’s most cutting edge radio stations including Shoreditch Radio and Ministry of Sound Radio before going on to produce radio shows for Artwork (Magnetic Man) and Youngsta at Rinse FM. Recently, Shan set up brand new radio platform S I S T E R with Rinse FM’s Carly Wilford and former PB instructor Chris Bailey. Scouting the cream of international club talent, S I S T E R has already played host to Benga and Seth Troxler with more big names lined up for the future. We caught up with Shan and Chris to talk about the S I S T E R project here.

Anna Kay – Radio Course (part of the Radio Certificate)

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Much like Monki, Anna Kay studied the Radio Course as part of the Radio Certificate at Point Blank. Shortly after graduating, Anna interned at Somethin’ Else where she got to work across radio shows on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, interned at Ministry of Sound Radio as a Broadcast Assistant and she produced the Breakfast show on Rinse FM before becoming a Radio Producer at Kiss FM. Here she worked across live and and pre-recorded specialist radio shows for the likes of Shortee Blitz & DJ MK, Majestic and Steve Smart, as well as producing shows for Kiss’ new digital station, Kiss Fresh. She’s now at the forefront of streaming radio, working as a producer Apple Music’s Beats 1.

When asked about her studies at Point Blank, Anna Kay said: “I loved my time at Point Blank. It made such a difference learning in an environment full of people that were passionate about what they were doing, and it was great meeting other creatives who were on other courses. The Radio Course gave me an understanding of how radio works, what makes good and bad radio, as well as the practical knowledge of how to use a radio desk. I think doing a course at Point Blank definitely made people take what I wanted to do more seriously as so many people have heard of the college and its great reputation. Thanks, PB!”

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Like all of Point Blank’s instructors, Bailey’s real world music industry experience is second-to-none. Rising to prominence as part of the ’90s drum’n’bass scene – he was made a resident of  Goldie’s legendary Metalheadz club nights in 1995, a post he still holds – he cut his teeth on the capital’s pirate stations of the time. In 2002, he went legit with a weekly show on BBC 1Xtra where he stayed for a decade, scooping a handful of awards and plaudits along the way. He followed this with a new weekly show on Ministry of Sound Radio in 2013 and now presents the Official Drum & Bass Show on Mi-Soul Radio, the digital station set up by original Kiss founder Gordon Mac. In 2014 he was part of a new wave of artists to be included in the Serato Icon series, the brand recognising his influential and transformative impact within club music.

Interested in joining us and carving out your own path in radio? Our Radio Broadcasting Diploma offers the ideal foundation. Students will not only learn core skills across production and presenting from expert instructors like Bailey but also delve into future trends and developments within the industry, placing them at the cutting edge. You can currently get 10% off this diploma if you enrol before May 31st. To claim your discount enter PB10 when enrolling.

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When you register with Point Blank, you access an array of free sounds, online course samples, access to our social network Plugged In and much more! Simply register below and visit our Free Stuff page to get your hands on a range of exclusive music-making tools and tutorials provided by the team. Fill your boots!

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Point Blank at IMS College Malta: Full Schedule Announced!

As previously announced, Point Blank and International Music Summit have partnered to create IMS College Malta, a new education initiative that will take place on the island from July 1st – 3rd. Now, with less than a month until it all kicks off, we are excited to reveal the names of the participants and the full two-day schedule of masterclasses, seminars, panels and interactive sessions. Point Blank will be hosting proceedings on Day One, and remember, PB students and graduates are eligible for a 35% discount. To claim the code, students and former students should get in touch with Point Blank with the name of their course.

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First up, on our side Point Blank will be bringing the musical expertise of lead course developer Ski Oakenfull. He will be hosting a special deconstruction masterclass in Ableton Live. In this session, Ski will break down the musical sounds and techniques used in a recent classic dance track – previously he’s broken down tracks from the likes of Kraftwerk, Moderat, Caribou, Disclosure and many more.

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Point Blank will also be hosting Ableton masterclass sessions with producer and Point Blank instructor Stefano Ritteri, who is best known for his releases on Defected, Exploited and Dirtybird, together with artist panels and masterclasses hosted by Point Blank’s own Declan McGlynn.

The MO behind IMS College Malta is to educate and inspire the next generation of industry leaders. The comprehensive ‘Learn By Day’ programme features a carefully curated line-up that draws expertise, insights and perspectives from every strand of the music industry, from radio to running a label, promotion to talent buying. Heading up the roll call of industry names is BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong, one of the most respected voices within dance culture. He will be sharing some of his invaluable knowledge gathered over decades at the very heart of the scene. Fast-rising artist/DJ duo Eli & Fur will be providing insight in how to break through as a new artist – surely an unmissable discussion for aspiring DJs and producers everywhere. Continuing the production theme, Joost Stuursma will be delving into the hot button topic of ghost production, and Chief Engineer of Red Bull Studios in Amsterdam, Frank De Jong will be covering music engineering.

The programme will also be drilling down into the world of events with Croatia’s Hideout and Malta’s Lost & Found Festival director Wilf Gregory, former brand director and club booker of Pacha Ibiza and founder of  IBZ Entertainment, Danny Whittle and Lucy Allen, Head of Festival & Events Press at Listen UP PR.

Elsewhere, CR2 Records label boss Mark Brown will be sharing his insights into running a successful label (he’s released records by Eric Prydz, David Guetta and Nic Fanciulli), Mark Lawrence of The Assocation For Electronic Music and Robert Horsfall of Sound Advice LLP will be examining the impact of legal and music rights and lastly Laura Newton, who represents Róisín Murphy, Markus Schulz, Ferry Corsten, Chromeo, Little Dragon and Hercules & Love Affair, will be discussing the role of the music agent. The full programme is below.

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If you want to build a career within the music industry and become part of the next generation of industry professionals, our online Diploma courses will help you get there. Taken from anywhere in the world and for up to 64 weeks, they’re some of our most comprehensive courses. International Music Summit is an educational, inspirational and motivational thought leadership platform that was set up in 2007. It is dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for electronic music through the presentation of summits and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of the genre to art and culture worldwide.

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When you register with Point Blank, you access an array of free sounds, online course samples, access to our social network Plugged In and much more! Simply register below and visit our Free Stuff page to get your hands on a range of exclusive music-making tools and tutorials provided by the team. Fill your boots!

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Dubspot X Sale: Celebrating 10 Years of Music Education in NYC, LA, and Online.

Do More Than Just Listen! In celebration of our ten year anniversary, all Dubspot Courses are 25% off for new students, 35% off for returning students. Sale ends Tuesday, June 14th at midnight. Enroll Today!

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Do More Than Just Listen! Find your passion for creating music in our Music Foundations, Music Production, Mixing and Mastering, Sound Design, and DJ Programs. In celebration of our ten year anniversary, all Dubspot Courses are 25% off for new students, 35% off for returning students. Sale ends Tuesday, June 14th at midnight. 

Join the world’s leading learning environment and community of musicians, DJs, producers, visual artists, audio professionals, and enthusiasts of all music genres. As a Music School for both aspiring and experienced artists alike, Dubspot’s mission is to inspire and enable it’s students to achieve their creative goals. Classes are kept intimate, in one-of-a-kind, hands-on, lab environments and our talented tribe of musically diverse educators and artists focus on working with like-minded partners to bring the Dubspot Experience to the world!

Contact Admissions today to learn more about our extensive course offerings and programs by calling 1.877.DUBSPOT.

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Upcoming Courses in NYC, LA, and Online

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Find your Music Production or DJ Education at Dubspot and discover a learning experience that goes beyond software education. Our collection of carefully developed programs explore the core elements that inspire and shape the music you create. Whatever your interest, whatever your level of experience, we can help find the right class for you. Select a program that interests you to learn more about the curriculum and related courses.

Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program

Six Levels | 48 Sessions

The flagship of our music training, with every Ableton Live course offered at the school. After completing this program, you will leave with a portfolio of original music, a remix entered in an active contest, a scored commercial to widen your scope, and the Dubspot Producer’s Certificate in Ableton Live. Read more

Upcoming Dates

  • June 27 – Sep 26 | New York
  • July 26 – Jan 26 | New York
  • June 13 – Dec 14 | Los Angeles
  • June 24 – Dec 16 | Los Angeles
  • June 05 | Online
  • Aug 07 | Online

 

Logic Pro Producer Certificate Program

Six Levels | 48 Sessions

Master Logic Pro X with our complete program. You’ll get a comprehensive overview of the composition process in Logic and create a portfolio that includes a collection of original tracks, a remix entered in an active remix contest, a re-scored scene from a film, and sound effects and music for a video game. Read more

Upcoming Dates

  • June 27 – Sep 26 | New York
  • Aug 02 – Jan 31 | New York
  • July 17 | Online

 

Sound Design Komplete Program

Six Levels | 48 Sessions

Become fluent in the language of sound design and synthesis with this comprehensive program. This six-level Sound Design program uses Native Instruments’ Komplete as a platform for learning synthesis and sampling techniques. Starting with an introduction to the properties of sound, this comprehensive series of courses covers the major techniques used for contemporary sound design. Read more

Upcoming Dates

  • June 20 – Sep 19 | New York
  • July 12 – Jan 10 | New York
  • June 05 – Dec 11 | Los Angeles
  • July 06 – Dec 16 | Los Angeles
  • July 17 | Online

 

Mixing and Mastering Program

Three Levels | 24 Sessions

Transform rough ideas and basic compositions into dance floor bangers and sonically pleasing commercial quality masters. Learn the well-kept industry secrets of EQ, compression, panning, level balancing, reverb, and special effects. Read more

Upcoming Dates

  • June 08 – Aug 29 | New York
  • July 21 – Sep 08 | New York
  • June 07 – Aug 25 | Los Angeles
  • July 17 | Online

 

Music Foundations Program

Three Levels | 24 Sessions

Unravel electronic music’s origins, build your chops, learn musical language and theory, and make and play music the way you want. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the roots and lineage of a variety of electronic and dance music genres, strengthen their keyboard skills, and learn valuable music theory, deepening their creative practice and facilitating effective collaborations with musical partners. Read more

Upcoming Dates

  • June 24 – Sep 09 | New York
  • July 18 – Oct 10 | New York
  • June 07 – Aug 25 | Los Angeles
  • July 12 – Sep 29 | Los Angeles
  • June 05 | Online
  • Aug 07 | Online

 

DJ Extensive Program

Six Levels | 24 Sessions

Immerse yourself in the complete art of DJing, from the fundamentals of beatmatching and mixing to using effects and programming extended club sets. Whether you’re a beginner wanting to learn fundamentals or a seasoned pro looking to take your talent to the next level, our curriculum is designed to accommodate all skill levels and styles of music. This comprehensive DJ program covers everything from basic mixing to advanced digital DJing with both Serato Scratch Live and Traktor Scratch Pro. Read more

Upcoming Dates

  • June 20 – Sep 14 | New York
  • June 21 – Sep 08 | New York
  • June 28 – Sep 15 | New York
  • July 15 – Sep 30 | New York
  • June 27 – Se0 21 | Los Angeles
  • Jul 09 – Oct 01 | Los Angeles

 

DJing with Traktor Program

Three Levels

Starting with a historical overview, students will learn the fundamental concepts of DJing via Traktor’s intuitive interface. They will then delve into the vast array of possibilities offered by this groundbreaking software, presenting their work along the way. Students will leave with finished DJ mixes, a thorough understanding of DJing with Traktor, and a solid skill set ready for further development. Read more

Upcoming Dates

  • June 05 | Online
  • Aug 07 | Online

 

Maschine Program

Three Levels | 12 Sessions

The future of production is here. Native Instruments’ Maschine redefines the intersection of hardware and software, performance and production. With Dubspot’s Maschine program for producers and performers, you’ll go from shaking hands with this cutting-edge music platform to making full tracks and performing your music live. Read more

Upcoming Dates

  • June 25 – Aug 31 | New York
  • Sep 12 – Oct 19 | New York
  • July 17 | Online

 

Turntablism Extensive Program

Six Levels | 24 Sessions

Turntablism is the art of manipulating turntables like an instrument. Starting with the fundamentals of “Scratching” and “Beat Juggling,” the program will focus on proper technique, optimal practice habits, creative exploration, group work, applications, and eventually full-blown turntablist sets. Read more

Upcoming Dates

  • Sep 28 – Mar 22 | New York

 

Visual Performance Program

Two Levels | 16 Sessions

Learn how to use a toolkit of the latest software including Vidvox VDMX and Quartz Composer. Create your own performance setup for live shows. Learn from a variety of visualists and producers who are pushing the medium in new and unexpected directions. Read more

Upcoming Dates

  • Aug 15 – Dec 12 | New York

Open House in NYC: Sundays 11am | Guided Tour of LA

Ask questions. Watch demos. Test drive workstations.

Visit our New York and Los Angeles locations! Ask our Admissions Counselors in-depth questions about our programs, curriculum and philosophy. Watch live music production and DJ demos, and test drive our student workstations. If you are still trying to decide what you are looking for, stop by one of our Open Houses in NYC or schedule a tour in LA to find out more about the learning process at Dubspot. We can also help with scheduling details and payment options.

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Synth Drum Sound Design in Massive & Battery (FFL!)

Massive may have earned its stripes as a dubstep powerhouse, capable of complex modulations and integrate waveforms, but it’s a vastly versatile synth and in today’s FFL!, we’re going to show you why.

PB Sound Design instructor Chris Carter takes a look at building drum sounds in Massive, from beefing up your existing samples to creating full-on analogue madness. We’ll then be loading the samples into NI’s drum plugin Battery for more tricks and treatment. Watch live at 1pm and make sure you subscribe to our channel so you never miss another FFL!

MASSIVE 2 featMassive is known for its complex modulations but it’s also capable of creating a vast array of classic synth sounds

If you want to learn more sound design, production, mixing, mastering and composition tips, our diploma course is perfect for you. Taken from anywhere in the world for up to 64 weeks, it’s one of our most comprehensive courses and has been taken by the likes of Claude Von Stroke, Plastician and Jon Rundell. Find out more here.

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When you register with Point Blank, you access an array of free sounds, plugins, online course samples, access to our social network Plugged In and much more! Simply register below and visit our Free Stuff page to get your hands on a range of exclusive music-making tools and tutorials provided by the team. Fill your boots!

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Music Foundations Tutorial: Chord Progressions w/ Mark de Clive-Lowe

Multi-talented musician, Mark de Clive-Lowe shows use his approach to building melodies and musical structures around chord progressions using Native Instruments’ Maschine. 

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In this special masterclass, guest instructor and multi-national phenom Mark de Clive-Lowe demonstrates different improvisational approaches to building melodies and musical structures around two chord progressions using Native Instruments’ Maschine. The students present in the video are part of Dubspot’s three level Music Foundations Program currently available at our schools in New York City, Los Angeles, and Online.

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Did you know that there are three distinct types of musicians in today’s global music scene? These types of musicians direct their attention to different aspects of the compositional process: one is focused primarily on pitch/melody, another on rhythm/beats, and the last on timbre/sound design. Today, the well-rounded musician will be well versed in all three of these areas, and that is the main idea behind Dubspot’s Music Foundations Program.

Using material from Music Foundations Level 2: Keys and Melodic Theory, Mark de Clive-Lowe focuses on pitch and melody while demonstrating how to use a set of pitches to improvise over a two-chord progression, namely the Pentatonic scale (a common five note scale). The progression goes from a C Minor chord to an F Minor chord, which fits nicely underneath the C Minor Pentatonic scale. With the addition of some tension filled note choices, such as the #4/b5 “blue note,” Mark quickly creates some melodic variations. By the end of this video, we see all of the elements put together in two musical examples in different genres and at different tempi. This is a small taste of what you will learn in the Music Foundations program at Dubspot. Be sure to check out other music theory related articles here.

 


About Mark de Clive-Lowe

MARK de CLIVE-LOWE (MdCL) is one of the most innovative producers and live performers you will find anywhere – equal parts jazz musician, electronica artist, and DJ.

Anchored by the duality of his Japanese and New Zealander parentage and ignited by a love of playing piano at the age of four, it is no wonder this multi-national phenom has seen his explosive natural gifts blaze across the globe from NZ to the US, UK, Europe, Asia, Cuba and South Africa. Whether you call him an artist, producer, composer, pianist, performer, DJ, or selecta, titles are impartial to Mark de Clive-Lowe (MdCL). Many try to classify this impressively fertile music journey, yet to identify with only one label belies the heavy scope of the ride. The piano set the course; the keyboard is the vehicle, and with the drum machine as the fuel, the relentless skill of MdCL is underscored by a rare sonic sensibility. He’s an accomplished musician, originally sowing his oats in straight-ahead jazz, before taking the music far beyond.

A devastating live performer, the MdCL experience is marked by impromptu studio production created on stage from scratch, using drum machines, keyboards, and effects. The end result: live remixes birthed on stage for each and every gig. With bold chops like this, to call him “prolific” is an understatement, having contributed to over 250 releases and being a first-call collaborator for a wide range of artists, including Jill Scott, Jody Watley, Leon Ware (Marvin Gaye/Michael Jackson/Maxwell), DJ Spinna, Sandra St. Victor (The Family Stand/Chaka Khan), amongst a slew of others.

Based in LA for the past seven years after a decade entrenched in the cultural epicenter of London’s broken beat scene, MdCL leads his live band with his party CHURCH performs solo live electronic sets for the dancefloor, educates with masterclasses and workshops, and collaborates with a broad range of artists and creatives.

Melding the beat-making and technology with musicianship and tradition, MdCL’s potential is beyond convention. He’s one who takes it all on the road like no one else, with a solid fan base that bridges cities as far reaching as LA, NYC, Atlanta, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Tokyo, and Sydney.

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Music Foundations Program

Unravel electronic music’s origins, build your chops, learn musical language and theory, and make and play music the way you want. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the roots and lineage of a variety of electronic and dance music genres, strengthen their keyboard skills, and learn valuable music theory, deepening their creative practice and facilitating effective collaborations with musical partners.

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About This Program

The best producers, DJs, and musicians in the world strive to be well-rounded. So should you. In Dubspot’s Music Foundations Program, you’ll explore three major aspects of music: rhythmic theory, melodic theory, and critical listening.

Most pioneering early electronic musicians had years of conservatory training in theory and performance but had access to very limited technologies. In today’s musical world, it’s the opposite: we have a powerful and versatile array of electronic music making tools at our fingertips, but often fall short in our theoretical understanding of how electronic music works.

Our Music Foundations program is designed to fill this gap and provide training in fundamental skills and concepts with the electronic musician, DJ, and producer in mind. In this course, you’ll build your chops and learn the basics of musical language and theory so that you can make and play the music you want. You will also develop a deeper understanding of the roots and lineage of a variety of electronic and dance music genres, and explore compositional techniques and song structure. The weekly homework lessons for all three courses have been designed using Ableton Live, and along the way you’ll also learn the basics of Ableton and how to use it as a powerful tool to improve your musicianship in a variety of ways.

What’s Included

  • Music Foundations Level 1: Pads & Rhythmic Theory
  • Music Foundations Level 2: Keys & Melodic Theory
  • Music Foundations Level 3: Critical Listening

Additional Information

Visit the Music Foundations course page for detailed information on this program here.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.

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Point Blank Guest Artists Recap

At Point Blank we regularly raid our contacts book to invite established names to take part in guest artist masterclasses. Featuring a diverse selection of artists from across the electronic music spectrum, these sessions not only give a revealing insight into the creative processes of successful musicians but also provide a great opportunity to mine insider industry knowledge. What follows is a round-up of recent guest masterclasses we’ve hosted, from track deconstructions to in-depth interviews, both here at the school and elsewhere under the Point Blank banner. Now kick back, press play and learn a thing or two. And remember, if you want to be the first to catch these interviews and live events make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel. Of course, if you can envision yourself doing your own guest masterclass one day, the best first step would be studying us at Point Blank. Throughout June, we’re offering a 10% discount off all London BA (Hons) degree and diploma courses, so there’s no better time to start your journey. To get your discount, just go to the enrolment page of your chosen course and enter PB10.

Guest Artists

Roger Sanchez on: DJing, Creativity & Ableton Live

Roger Sanchez is one of the most influential house producers ever. That may be a bold claim but it’s one supported by his array of high profile remixes, influential productions and famed DJ sets. From winning a Grammy for his remix of No Doubt to chart success with his number one single ‘Another Chance’ not only has the S-Man conquered the global music scene, he’s also smashed the underground with his array of aliases and styles. We invited him to Point Blank London to quiz him on a broad catalogue of subjects, including his approach to DJing, production, technology and his new compilation for Defected: Strictly Roger Sanchez.

Solomon Grey ‘Broken Light’ Track Masterclass (Logic Pro)

As Solomon Grey, London-based Tom Kingston and Joe Wilson mix acoustic instruments with electronics and sound design, creating a sonic calling card that’s both organic and synthetic in equal measure. Unsurprisingly, their soaring, widescreen sound was tapped by the BBC as the soundtrack for their The Casual Vacancy adaptation, but with Solomon Grey music also finding a home on labels as diverse as from Black Butter Records and Anjunadeep, you never quite know where they’re headed next. Here they break down their track ‘Broken Light’ in a Track Masterclass spot.

Lane 8 ‘Undercover’ (Ableton Live Track Breakdown)

US-born, Leipzig-based house producer Lane 8 is one of the rising stars of the Anjunadeep label. Walking the line between chill, home listening and emotive club banger, the man born Daniel Goldstein has earned support from the industry’s great and good – not least Pete Tong who singled him out as a future star. We invited him to deconstruct his track “Undercover”, taken from his debut album Rise.

Cazzette ‘A State of Bliss’ Track Masterclass

Swedish duo Alexander Björklund and Sebastian Furrer have been making music under their Cazzette monika since 2011, breaking through a year later with the massive club smash “Beam Me Up”. Known the world over for their powerful and punchy EDM productions, we invited them to the PB studio to talk us through the aptly titled “A State of Bliss” using FL Studio.

Hannah V – ‘It Ain’t Right’ Track Masterclass (Logic Pro X)

Hannah V has done a lot in her short career. As well as working with seminal production squad Bugz In The Attic to touring the world with artists like Rihanna, Jessie J, Sugababes, Jason Derulo and many more, she’s managed to find time to kick start her solo career in impressive fashion. With her new track ‘It Ain’t Right’ already making waves, we decided to pay her London studio a visit to find out more about her background, her creative process and how she put the track together using Logic Pro X.

Flux Pavilion & Matthew Koma ‘Emotional’ Track Masterclass

Flux Pavilion’s expert sound design and composition skills quickly turned him in to one of the biggest acts in modern dance music. While still living in student halls, his track ‘I Can’t Stop’ was given Radio 1’s acclaimed ‘Hottest Record in the World’ label, pushing him even further into the mainstream. He’s since produced for The Prodigy, Major Lazor and Example as well as remixing DJ Fresh, Skrillex and many more. Of course we had to head to his studio to find out how he does it.

DJ Yoda: DJing, Serato and Visual Masterclass @ Take Note 2015

For the past 20 years, DJ Yoda has been defining and re-defining DJ and mash-up culture, combining styles and genres across decades and continents. We asked him to join us for a masterclass at 2015’s inaugural Take Note – a brand new educational conference for the music industry. He shows us how he uses Serato and Pioneer’s DJM-S9 mixer for his AV show as well as talking about his DJ history and how he sees DJ technology evolving.

Stefano Ritteri (Defected, Dirtybird): Ableton Live Masterclass @ Take Note

Stefano Ritteri is a DJ, label owner and Point Blank instructor who has released music on some of the leading house labels in the world, including Defected and Dirtybird. When Point Blank was asked to host the second room at Take Note, we of course invited Stefano. Here he discusses his background and his approach to remixing in Ableton Live, taking a deep dive into Christian Nielsen’s Beatport chart-topper ‘Do You Mind’.

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Music and the Fibonacci Sequence w/ Rory PQ

Dubspot’s Rory PQ explores the relationship between the Fibonacci Sequence and the Golden Mean in music.

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Overview

The Fibonacci Sequence and the Golden Mean reveal an extraordinary phenomenon that occurs throughout nature, art, music, and mathematics. Also known as the Golden Ratio or Golden Section, the Golden Mean is a mathematical ratio that artists, architects, and musicians have used to craft their art form for centuries.

Understanding the Fibonacci Sequence

The Fibonacci Sequence is a series of numbers that exhibits a fascinating numerical pattern that was originally discovered by Leonardo Pisano Bigollo. Famously known as Fibonacci, Leonardo was a 13th-century Italian mathematician that popularized the Hindu–Arabic number system in the Western World and introduced Europe to the sequence of Fibonacci numbers.

The numbers in the Fibonacci Sequence are formed by taking the sum of the previous two numbers in the series to get the next number in the sequence. For example, the sequence starts by adding 0 and 1 together to equal 1. Then add 1 and 1 together to equal 2. Proceed in the same manner, adding the last two numbers of the sequence together to get the next number. The sequence of numbers begins to looks like this:

0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144…

The relationship between the Fibonacci Sequence and the Golden Ratio occurs when you take any two adjacent numbers and divide the smaller number into the larger number, which results in a number close to 1.618. The further along the sequence you go, the resulting division of the small number into the next larger number gets closer and closer to 1.618. That number is commonly symbolized by the Greek letter “Phi” or otherwise known as the Golden Mean.

Fibonacci Sequence

You’re probably asking yourself, what the heck does this have to do with music? Well, the ratio 1.618, has been used by architects, artists, and musicians as a way to structure their artistic creations. For example, the Golden Mean is found in the length and height of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Leonardo Da Vinci called the Golden Mean “Divine Proportion” and featured it in many of his paintings. In his famous “Last Supper” painting he used it to define the dimensions of the table to the proportions of the walls and windows in the backgrounds to achieve balance and beauty. In music, the Golden Mean can be found in many compositions mainly because it is a “natural” way of dealing with divisions of time. Legendary composer Bela Bartok used the Golden Mean to structure one of the best-known compositions “Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta,” so that musically important events occurred in bar numbers represented by the Fibonacci Sequence of numbers.

How the Fibonacci Sequence Influences Music

Now that we have a general understanding about the Fibonacci Sequence let’s explore how it influences music and instrument design.

Musical Scales

Numbers in the Fibonacci sequence can be seen on a piano keyboard and in the musical scales. For example, scales along a piano keyboard are composed of thirteen keys in the span of a full octave which consists of eight white keys and five black keys that are arranged in groups of two and three along the keyboard. Fibonacci numbers are also present in the notes that make up musical scales. For example, the Pentatonic scale has five notes, the Diatonic scale has eight notes, and the Chromatic scale has thirteen notes. In addition, the 1st, 3rd, and 5th notes in any scale create the basic foundation of chords. Do you see the pattern? There are even more relationships, but we don’t want to go to deep.

Sylvain Lalonde demonstrates the relationship between music harmony and the Fibonacci Sequence further in this video.

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Note Frequencies

The most pleasing combination of frequencies are those having simple ratios of harmonics that derive musical intervals. Going down the rabbit hole further, we can even associate the Fibonacci numbers and the Golden Mean with note frequencies. Notes in the Chromatic and Diatonic scales are based on natural harmonies that are created by ratios of frequencies. Looking at the chart below, you can see that the first seven numbers of the Fibonacci Sequence (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8) are related to key frequency ratios.

Fibonacci

Let’s talk about harmonics before going all Fibonacci. Harmonics are a series of frequencies that are multiples of a fundamental frequency. A pure note consisting entirely of one frequency will sound boring. This series of related frequency combinations sound the most pleasing because there are multiple overtones that work together to make a sound more interesting than a pure note consisting entirely of one frequency. For example, let’s use A3 as our fundamental frequency. The note frequency for A3 is 440 Hz. The second harmonic will be twice this frequency. If we double 440 Hz to find the next harmonic frequency, we get 880 Hz, which is the note frequency for A4. The third harmonic will be three times the fundamental frequency. In this example, the third harmonic is 1,320 Hz, which is the note frequency for E5. The third harmonic is a perfect fifth above the second harmonic because the E is seven semitones above the fundamental note and includes the first five notes from the major and natural minor scales. Hope you’re still with me!

The Fibonacci numbers relate to ratios of harmonic frequencies because a root note has a ratio of 1/1, its octave has a ratio of 2/1, a fifth above it has a ratio of 3/2 and so on for the other notes in the scale. These simple ratios of harmonics all contain numbers found in the Fibonacci sequence.

Musical Compositions

Relationships between Fibonacci numbers and the Golden Mean are frequently found when analyzing the structure of compositions and musical patterns dating back several centuries. For example, the climax of many songs or even an important measure where the song changes significantly such as the bridge often occurs near the songs Phi point. As we mentioned earlier, Phi is the basis for the Golden Ratio, Section or Mean. Considerable evidence suggests famous composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Bella Bartok, and many others have used Fibonacci numbers and the Golden Mean to compose measures of music and structure their compositions.

The Phi point can be determined by taking the number of measures of a song and multiplying them by 0.618. More often than not the result will mark the beginning of a measure where a significant change occurs. I tested this theory on Disclosure’s hit song “Latch.” Using Ableton Live, I determined the song is roughly 129 measures long. I then multiplied 129 by 0.618 and got approximately 80. Sure enough, measure 80 marked the beginning of a tension building bridge that occurs before the final drop. Hear for yourself; measure 80 starts around 2:37.

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Composer and teacher Gary Ewer developed a formula that works well to determine where the bridge or highest point in a musical piece often occurs in most modern and historical compositions. This clever musical equation takes the full length of a song and converts it in seconds, which is then multiplied by Phi and converted back to minutes to reveal an approximate time where a significant change may occur in that song. For example, Disclosure song “Latch” is about 4:13 long. To find Phi, we would first convert the minutes into seconds and then add the remaining seconds to get a total amount of seconds for the song. Next, multiply the total amount of seconds by Phi, which is approximately 0.618. Lastly, divide the results by 60 to convert back to minutes, and then multiply the decimals by 60 to find the seconds. Combine the results to determine the time where the climax or bridge of the song may occur. For this example, the formula would like this:

4 x 60 + 13 = 253 (total seconds)
253 x 0.618 = 156.35
156.35 / 60 = 2.60 (2 minutes)
0.60 x 60 = 36 (36 seconds)
Resulting time: 2:36

At 2:36 the same tension building bridge begins that we explored earlier. Very interesting! The following video demonstrates this theory further.

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Instrument Design

Violins crafted by the master luthier Antonio Stradivari are famously known for their exquisite tonal quality and aesthetic form. Genuine Stradivarius violins are highly sought after and are the most valuable instruments in the string-playing world because of their unmatched sound. However, what is most amazing about his violins was that they were designed and build around the Golden Ratio. The proportions of the violin conform to the ratios of Phi. Even the spiral of a violin scroll reveals how precisely his instruments reflect the Golden Ratio.

Stradivarius Violin

Jody Espina, a highly regarded jazz musician and designer of Jody Jazz Saxophone and Clarinet Mouthpieces has applied Phi in the design of his premier saxophone mouthpiece, the JodyJazz DV.

“Every measurement was analyzed with Phi in mind and used when applicable. This included the length of the bore, the width of the shank walls, the beak of the mcp, the depth of the bore at the facing and others. The amount of harmonics in the sound, and therefore the projection of the mouthpiece, is huge. This eliminates the annoying shrillness that is associated with loud, bright mouthpieces.” – Jody Espina

Jody Jazz

Studio Design

The Recording Institute of Detroit claims they built a “Golden Section Studio” to Phi proportions. They have stated:

“The result of using the Golden Section in studio construction is a remarkable “even” quality with regard to frequencies. Your voice has pretty much the same frequencies present when you talk in any part of the room; the reverb has the same frequency spectrum as the direct sound. Drummers love the way their drums sound and record in this room. There is only approximately 33% of the surface area treated for acoustical absorption making this room quite live. It is a great room to record a distant mic on a lead guitar.” – Recording Institute of Detroit

Speaker Wire Design

The high-end cable manufacturer Cardas Audio applies the Golden Ratio to the design of their speaker wire which they call “Golden Section Stranding.” The individual conductor strands of their cables are arranged in a Phi proportion to the others allowing them to be uniquely musical and pure. According to Cardas:

“An infinitely indivisible progression known as the Fibonacci sequence or Golden Section is the key to resonance control. The ratio of Phi, or 1 to 1.6180339887…to infinity, is the Golden Mean, called Golden Ratio or Golden Proportion.

In Golden Section Stranding, strands are arranged so that every strand is coupled to another, whose note is irrational with its own, to dissipate conductor resonance. This creates a silenced conductor, allowing Cardas cable to produce the purest possible audio signal. No other cable geometry, no other conductor design, can create the listening magic of Golden Section Stranding.” – Cardas

Cardas Audio

Final Thoughts

While exploring the relationships between music and the Fibonacci Sequence, I discovered several other fascinating findings linking the numbers to all types of things. If you found this exploration interesting, I encourage you all to investigate this amazing phenomenon further.

 


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