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Re-live the Spectacular Launch Party for AMANI’S ‘Perpendicular’

Last week, Point Blank Recordings’ AMANI dropped her debut EP, ‘Perpendicular’. The record was released on Friday 3 November having been gathering attention from the likes of XLR8TR, Creators, Dash Majesty and Electronic Groove. To celebrate, the launch party for ‘Perpendicular’ took place at Peckham’s Rye Wax on 8 November and, true to form, AMANI’s gorgeously fierce performance brought the house down. If you weren’t one of the lucky ones in attendance, or if you were and just want to re-live it, take a look at photos from the gig below.

AMANI are we

Drummer and backdrop

He concentrates as much when playing bass too…

At the keys

The wedding dress was one of the less out-there ideas for an outfit

‘Perpendicular’ is available now to stream and purchase

Captivating the crowd with her singular vocal style

Point Blank Recordings was established in 2017 and AMANI is the first artist to be released by the label. Find the release on Spotify and Apple Music. Check out AMANI on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. You can also keep track of all thing PBR on the same channels: Twitter YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.

Fancy yourself as a boundary-pushing artist like AMANI? We can help you, whatever stage you’re at. We offer courses in songwriting and singing to give you the foundation to express your ideas. Or if you prefer being behind the scenes but love live music, why not try a course in live sound engineering? These courses are held in London, but we offer many online courses for people who want to study remotely, and with the online school relaunching in January 2018, any modules on any course you book now are eleven weeks in length instead of eight, all at no extra cost!

Register to Access Free Courses, Plugins, Projects, Samples & More

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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Student Opportunities: Magnetic Mag and Tide Studios

Point Blank always keeps current students and graduates in the loop with all of the best music industry opportunities, so with that said here’s our latest student opportunity round-up. All of these student opportunities come exclusively via PB using our extensive network of contacts, so get stuck in! NB: these opportunities are for Point Blank students and graduates only. Want loads more opportunities like this? Find out all about our courses right here! 

Magnetic Mag x Point Blank Mix Series


Last month we launched the first of a new mix series in association with Magnetic Mag. Magnetic Magazine is the brainchild of the team that produced BPM Magazine, and is committed to covering all aspects of electronic music culture and everything it entails. Their social following is massive so it’s a great opportunity to get your mixes heard. To enter, just record a mix that’s one hour long, and send it to oliver@pointblankmusicschool.com.

Tide Studios


Tide Studios are offering discounted prices for rehearsal and production bookings over the next month! Based in South West London. Tide Studios offers two large professionally sound treated rooms for your band to rehearse, mix, record and teach in. They also provide mixing and production services for artists and bands. To take them up on the offer, contact them on Facebook, email or via their website, citing Point Plank.

Please note: We are happy to advertise roles and work experience which help students obtain the sort of experience you may need to gain a job in the music industry or to further your career in the music industry.  We interpret this broadly. However, we are not an employment agency and we take no responsibility for the terms upon which positions are advertised, nor the conditions which apply to any such positions or opportunity.  As such you should satisfy yourself that the terms offered are acceptable when considering any role advertised.

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Have Your Remix Released! Remix Competition: DJ Suketu ‘Take Me Home’

Time for a new Point Blank remix competition! As usual, it’s a great chance to test your skills and get your work out there. The competition winner will receive a copy of Native Instruments Komplete 11, and the winning remix will be released on Point Blank Music!

Sound good? Then download the stems of DJ Suketu’s ‘Take Me Home’ and get remixing!

DJ Suketu

DJ Suketu is one of the most popular Indian DJs in the world, known for merging Bollywood sounds with a floor-filling 4/4 beat and sending crowds into raptures all over India. ‘Take Me Home’ is a groovy house banger, designed with massive dancefloors at peak-time firmly in mind. Suketu is also the co-founder of The Music Inc (TMI), an electronic music school based in Mumbai. Suketu and TMI have been working closely with Point Blank for some time to create a unique educational pathway for TMI students looking to study with us in London. Not only that, but he has recently been studying our Complete Electronic Music Production online course, tracking his progress with this vlog.

How do I enter?

1. Download the stems – make sure you’re registered with point Blank if you’re not already
2. Create a new track, of any genre you choose – entries will be judged on their quality and originality
3. Upload your track to SoundCloud and submit the track via the Tracks channel of Plugged In – Point Blank’s social network for producers and DJs – before midnight on 10 December

Want to (re)mix it with stars like DJ Suketu but don’t quite have the skills yet? Our online courses can teach you everything you need to know. We even offer a degree level course with our Online BA (Hons) in Music Production & Sound Engineering. Or if you live in Mumbai our DJ/Entrepreneur course will give you the skills to play tracks like these in clubs and make a career out of DJing. We also have schools in London, Los Angeles and Ibiza, so there are many ways to study with us! For more information or to talk to a course advisor, head to our contact page.

Register to Access Free Courses, Plugins, Projects, Samples & More

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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Watch a Deconstruction of 808 State’s ‘Pacific 707’ from Sarm Music Village

Last November, Point Blank teamed up with SARM Music Village for a day-long event featuring masterclasses and workshops from some of the best producers in the game, including by Trevor Horn, who himself deconstructed the classic track ‘Relax’ by Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Along with a Q&A with Trevor Horn, the day also saw Point Blank’s lead course developer Ski Oakenfull deconstruct the 808 State’s Acid House classic ‘Pacific 707’ which was released on ZTT. Watch the remarkable demonstration below.

‘Pacific 707’, and the original version ‘Pacific State’, led by Graham Massey’s iconic saxophone lead, is one of the most revered tracks in dance music history which, in mainstream appeal, aped almost any other tune from the Hacienda era. It was written by 808 State, which at the time was made up of Massey, Martin Price, and Gerald Simpson (better known as A Guy Called Gerald, himself the man behind ‘Voodoo Ray’, another track to rival ‘Pacific 707’ in seminality). A masterpiece of syncopation, no other track embodies the second summer of love in 1989 than ‘Pacific 707’.

In this deconstruction, Ski uses Ableton Live to build each element of the track from scratch (time permitting). We learn what instruments were used, including the Roland TR-909, D-50, SH-101 and Juno-106, the Casio F2-1 and the Akai S-900, before Ski begins with the famously warm chords that open the track. We learn that the track actually straddles two keys, that the famous ‘Loon bird’ sample came from disc 22 of the E-Mu Emulator II library, and that Ski finally learned how 808 State made the piano roll sound at the track’s beginning from Graham Massey himself. For more deconstructions like these, check out our YouTube Channel.

The iconic artwork for 808 State’s ‘Pacific State’

If you want access to weekly masterclasses and 1-2-1 tutorials, why not join us at Point Blank? We offer a degree course in our London BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering, as well as an online alternative. If you’re after something shorter, take a look at our professional courses, or learn about our schools in Los Angeles, Ibiza and Mumbai. For more information or to talk to a course advisor, head to our contact page.

Register to Access Free Courses, Plugins, Projects, Samples & More

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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#1stGrain – it's Grain fest!


UPDATE NOVEMBER 17

Thanks so much for joining the Grain fest! We hope you’ve had a good a time at the party. Keep making music and posting your Reason 10 sounds using the #1stEuropa and #stGrain hashtags! We’ll keep an eye out and repost your gems!

Please enjoy a few of our favorites in the #1stGrain fest!

 

Welcome to Grain week! The Grain Sample Manipulator has taken the Reason world by storm and now we want to hear what you are doing with it. Lush sonic landscapes? Glitchy Basslines? Or something completely unheard of?

Share your first Grain creations with the world using the #1stGrain hashtag. We’ll share and repost our favorites by Thursday Nov 16th. Go granular and share!

Don’t have Reason 10 yet? Download the trial today and join the Grain fest!

Want to hear our favorites in the #1stEuropa week? Click here!

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PB’s Online Music School Relaunches! Get the Full Lowdown Here

As PB continues to bring you the very best experience with our online school, we are delighted to announce that we’ve extended our online courses by an extra three weeks. So for every module you take beginning January 2018, be it part of our short or professional courses online, you will get eleven weeks of tuition instead of eight at no extra cost. That’s an eleven-week course for just £695! January 2018 will also see the rollout of a whole host of new features too in our complete overhaul of our Virtual Learning Environment. So whether you’re a beginner with no previous musical education, an industry veteran who wants to add another string to your bow or somewhere in-between: we’ve got you covered, and there’s never been a better time to enrol.

There have been many big shifts in the history of the online school since it was created in 2007, foremost among them Direct Video Responses, Video Masterclasses and more recently 1-2-1 Skype sessions between students and instructors. For the first time in January 2018, all students now gain exclusive access to degree level learning materials – even if they are not taking part in a degree qualification. With the longer courses thrown in, this amounts to an unparalleled learning experience.

Our new Virtual Learning Environment is fully mobile-responsive, so you benefit from our highly interactive platform whilst on the move, at any time of day

Let’s have a look at the full list of improvements below.

  • Mobile Responsiveness – Study on the go with our new compatibility with smartphones and tablets. We know that everyone’s time is precious, so make the most of every bus ride or train journey
  • Page Favouriting – Favourite pages in the VLE to return to the course sections you find most useful
  • Bookmarking – Navigate the VLE easier than ever before
  • Progress Tracker – Automatically track which classes are completed as you work
  • Interface Overhaul – Everything is now clearer, easier to navigate, bigger and more beautiful
  • Live Chat – Talk to other students to share ideas and advice
  • Degree Level Learning Materials – For the first time, in January 2018 all students now gain exclusive access to degree level learning materials, even if they are not taking part in a degree qualification
  • Longer Courses – Individual modules are now eleven weeks long instead of eight – get extra masterclasses and extra 1-2-1 tutorials for the same price

Watch the video above which explains our unique 1-2-1 Live Tutorials, part of our online courses

We know the fast-paced tempo of life means you want to make the most of your time and make the most of mobile technology in whatever you do. As usual, our focus is on feedback for our students, and the new VLE allows an even higher connectivity between your ideas and your instructors. The result of which is an online experience that emulates that received by London students as closely as possible, providing the same networking, collaboration and career advancement opportunities as you would get were you here in person.

You cannot gain this level of music education, expert instructors and music industry credibility anywhere else. That is a guarantee. Avoid the average, inconsistent noise that’s out there on youtube and follow a clear learning path. Find out more about our flagship BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering degree or check out our full list of online courses. If you have any enquiries, head to our contact page to get in touch with us and begin your journey into music.

Register to Access Free Courses, Plugins, Projects, Samples & More

If you register with Point Blank, you can access an array of free sounds, plugins, online course samples 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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Listen to Point Blank on Pioneer DJ Radio: Guest Mix from Aldanya

When it comes to DJing, the best way to gain confidence and take your skills forward is to record your mixes, get to know your style, refine those mixes and get them out there! As per usual, Point Blank students are given a leg-up to do exactly that. Our longest running guest radio slot is with Pioneer DJ Radio, home to artists like Slam, Sante and Eats Everything. If you think your mixes belong alongside that illustrious company, don’t hesitate to send your mixes to oliver@pointblankmusicschool.com.

Aldanya is a techno DJ hailing from Switzerland. Her pan-European heritage has instilled her with a wide range of references, and her basis in classical piano means her musical foundation is rock-solid. Her sets are bedded in groove, driven by basslines and melodic flourishes, while a connection with the audience is key. For this mix, she flies through an hour of deep, moody techno, showing off a knack for dropping in vocal tracks at key moments for maximum impact.

Point Blank’s state-of-the-art DJ Studio in London. Supported by Pioneer DJ, it features all of the latest top-of-the-range kit – including CDJ2000nxs, DJM2000nxs and the DDJ-SX controller

Want your mixes heard by the world? Or are you a beginner wanting to learn? Our DJ courses can help you either way. Or if making tracks and live performance is your thing, have a look at our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, which includes comprehensive instruction in both. If you want to see the state-of-the-art facilities yourself, book a tour by contacting a course advisor or give us a call on +44 207 729 4884. And don’t forget to send your mixes to Ollie at Point Blank if you’re studying with us and want your DJ mix played on Point Blank’s slot on Pioneer DJ Radio.

Register to Access Free Courses, Plugins, Projects, Samples & More

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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