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A History of Sampling with Chris Read (WhoSampled) at Point Blank London

Back in March we held a very special free event at our London studio complex in collaboration with Brownswood Recordings and Ableton. With sampling as the main focus, attendees were able to get involved in a sample competition, together with artist workshops and a panel discussion. Starting off the day we had Chris Read from the invaluable resource WhoSampled.com give us a session on the ‘History of Sampling’ – who better to learn from for this topic!  Check out the session below and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel to keep up with the latest artist masterclasses, tutorials and interviews.
In the above video, Chris explores the threads of musical history, examining how even before sampling as we know it today came into existence composers like Beethoven were borrowing ideas and ‘remixing’ them in their own way. He takes a look at the evolution of musical genres from Jazz and Rock to Hip-Hop and House, examining how each of these genres has borrowed from one another right the way up to where we are today and gives us some examples of contemporary musicians whose work has heavily relied on sampling.

If you’re interested in studying with us and gaining access to more events like this, our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree is one of the most comprehensive courses available. Using our London studios incredible facilities, you will have access to all sorts of hardware, from synthesisers and samplers to full recording booths. For a virtual tour, click here. For further information on our degree course or any of our courses, contact our Course Advisors here.

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Visible Cloaks: Synthesis and Systems

According to the dictionary, synthesis is the combining of constituent elements of separate material or abstract entities into a single or unified entity. Apart from the familiar technical sense of creating complex sounds from simple waveforms, synthesis also describes what we do when we take our influences and inspirations and…

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Point Blank on Pioneer DJ Radio: Philipp Claus

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.

weekend-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, German DJ/Producer and Point Blank student Philipp Claus spins us through an hour of solid, bass-driven tech-house bangers. Experimenting with mixing since he was just 5 years old and performing his first set in Ibiza at age 12, Philipp Claus lives and breathes electronic music. You can catch him DJing at his hometown, Essen, and in Ibiza, the island being a huge inspiration for him and being a ‘place for him to share the music he loves with people who appreciate it’. In 2016 he played at the biggest boat party in Ibiza, ‘Ocean Beach’.

Now, Philipp focuses more on producing Tech-House. Wanting to get away from more mainstream sounds, he enrolled at Point Blank on our International Music Production & Sound Engineering Diploma to better his production skills. Philipp is featured on the single HEYY by DJ D.M.H, which you can find on Spotify.

Remember – if you think you have what it takes to have a mix featured on Pioneer DJ Radio, submit your 1 Hour mix to louis@pointblankmusicschool.com and you could be the next on our regular slot, with your mix being broadcast twice a week for two weeks.

Feeling inspired? Perhaps you too want to unlock your creative potential – and we can help you. Find out more about our DJ courses in London here, or if you want to see the state-of-the-art facilities yourself, please book a tour by contacting a course advisor or give us a call on 0207 729 4884. And remember, If you’re studying with us and want to join Talib in getting your DJ mix played on Point Blank’s show on Pioneer DJ Radio, get in touch with Louis at Point Blank.

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Episode 047 – Interview with Bentz

BENTZ first hit the the electronic music scene in 2012. Since then he has provided a steady stream of diverse music touching on genres including Trap, House, and even his own brand of Future Bass that incorporates complex music theory with ethereal and relaxing beats. Ben Crossgrove, also known as BENTZ is an accomplished Jazz bassist that brings his own flair of musicianship into all of his works. BENTZ resides in Upstate New York and continues to make his name known in all areas of electronic music.

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Student Opportunities Round-Up: Belushi’s & Red Cross Fete

Point Blank always keeps current students and alumni 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! Want loads more opportunities like this? Find out all about our courses right here!

Here are our most recent student opportunities…

Belushi’s need an Assistant Sound Technician

Belushi’s Camden is currently on the hunt for a student to assist their sound technician, Bo, every Tuesday from as soon as the student is available. The job would take place from 7.30pm – 11pm, depending on how many bands are scheduled to play, every Tuesday. This is an unpaid opportunity, however, you will be entitled to 25% off all food and cheap drinks as well as learning from their in-house sound technician.

The successful applicant will be expected to fulfil the following roles:

  • interacting with bands and finding out their needs

  • Helping set up equipment (mixing desk, amps, drums)

  • Helping with the 15 min sound check each band gets

  • Assisting in packing away at the end of the night.

    To apply, send your CV to Emily.

Red Cross are looking for bands for their Summer Fete

The British Red Cross are looking for 2 to 3 bands to perform at their summer fete this year. Taking place on 19th May, this is a hugely popular event, which marks the end of Red Cross Week – raising thousands of vital funds for the charity and, in turn, supporting people in crisis around the world. 

The bands will perform over the lunch time slot, which sees the largest number of guests passing through. This is a fantastic opportunity for a band to gain experience and rais their profile in London. The event is very well attended and British Red Cross will promote successful applicants music across their social media platforms as well as on literature for the day.

To apply, email Abbie.

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Monthly Round-Up May 2017: MJ Cole, Revilo, Sample Culture, Online BA, Robot Koch & More!

April was a busy month at Point Blank. Due to popular demand, we opened another course at our Ibiza complex, as well as hosting masterclasses at our London and LA schools. We held sampling events and production/mix competitions, welcomed new tutors, caught up with some PB alumni and had some fantastic new releases on PB Music. Here we run down a few of our highlights from the past month, before getting back to the grinding wheel for what is looking to be an equally busy May!

To see each post in detail, click the corresponding title to be taken through to the page. And for those not already in the know, make sure you’re subscribed to our YouTube channel and following us on Facebook and Twitter so you never miss out on our cutting edge content. Now, roll January’s highlights reel:

Watch Rag’n’Bone Man – Human: MJ Cole Remix Masterclass

In this exclusive session, MJ Cole gave us a tour of his incredibly well-equipped studio, showing us some of his favourite bits of kit, such as his Rhodes Eighty-Eight – originally owned by Portishead and used on their first album. For the masterclass element – a remix of Rag’n’Bone Man’s hit ‘Human’ – he shows us his creative workflow, touching on everything from chopping the track up for samples, vibing and coming up with ideas to mixing and arrangement. He explains and shows us how he works out a melody on his piano, finding the tonal key he wants to use and his process moving on from there in great detail, all throughout highlighting some of his favourite plugins and how he likes to apply them.

Revilo – ‘Hold On’: Out Now on PB Music! [Stream & Download] 

he sun has started to come out here in the UK and what better way to celebrate than to get down to a brand new banger from the PB Music squad. We are delighted to announce the latest addition to the Point Blank Music roster, Oliver Evans aka Revilo and his track ‘Hold On.’ DJ Pioneer featured this as his ‘Track of the Moment’ on his KISS FM radio show, which you can check out here, or grab yourself a copy now on Juno, iTunes and Spotify.

A Brief History of Sample Culture: Borrowing, Adapting & Shaping

Over the past few months, we have been sharing a new series of articles based on excerpts from our Production Analysis module, a part of our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. Our journey thus far has taken us from the roots of dance, tracking movements like Disco and Dub, through Punk and DIY culture to the UK’s urban scene, and that’s just the beginning. As we continue the series, we’ll be taking a look at more of the most pivotal cultural movements in music history, as well as their effect on the music industry as we know it today. For this edition, we look at one of the most groundbreaking production techniques of all time -sampling – together with the rich history that surrounds it.

Announcing our new Online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree

After more than a year of intensive development we are very proud to announce the launch of our brand new flagship online course, the BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering degree (online). Building on the successes from our degree course in London and our online Music Production Master Diploma, the Point Blank team has worked hard to ensure our new online degree course delivers an intensive, immersive and practical education across all areas of music production and sound engineering. Taught by our award-winning instructors, this programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you receive a Middlesex BA (Hons) degree on successful completion.

Robot Koch ‘Eclipse’ Track Breakdown in Ableton Live at Point Blank Los Angeles

We’ve had the pleasure of hosting masterclasses with some of the best musicians and producers in the business, grabbing time with artists as diverse as Matthew Dear, Ritchie Hawtin, Shadow Child, Shawn Lee and Prince Fatty. In our latest guest workshop, we were joined by award-winning producer and composer Robot Koch at our Los Angeles school as he treated our students to a live deconstruction of ‘Eclipse’, a track from his 2015 album ‘Hypermoment’ released on Monkeytown Records. Check out the full video above.

PB Returns to Malta to Curate IMS College 2017: Exclusive Discounts Available

Following the success of the 2016 event, Point Blank and IMS College are once again set to provide a series of carefully curated panels, keynotes, networking sessions and workshops from music industry figureheads, providing attendees with a rare insight into every aspect of the electronic music industry from the creative process to business management, covering radio, production, management, PR, live bookings, trade organisations and much more. Over the weekend there will be specials performances from some of the world’s best artists, including Sven Vath (Cocoon), DJ Agoria, Todd Terry and Richy Ahmed (Hot Creations).

To find out more details, including information on packages, head to the IMS College Malta website. Information on how to book can also be found here. What’s more, Point Blank students and graduates are eligible for a massive 50% discount! To claim the code, students and former students should get in touch with Point Blank confirming their date of study.

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Spitfire Audio: LCO Strings Part 2 – String Sounds & Composition Tips

At Point Blank, we are constantly creating video content for your benefit, whether it be exclusive artist masterclasses, interviews, production tips & tricks or track deconstructions. Over the next two weeks, composer, producer and Point Blank expert instructor Kevin Kerrigan (Bjork, Brian Eno, Dido) will be giving you a taste of what you could learn at Point Blank, presenting you with a brand new series focused on Spitfire Audio’s new sample library: London Contemporary Orchestra strings. The first time these string sounds have been available in sample form, Spitfire Audio have teamed up with the LCO to provide everything one would need to create cutting-edge, experimental strings music. With a wide range of dynamically controllable, never-before-sampled articulations, this rich set of diverse recordings are both playable & musical and will transform your work.
In this episode, Kevin Kerrigan explores the different instruments, sounds and articulations available to us in LCO Strings. Going into detail, he breaks down the individual parameters and gives his tips on how to get the best out of the library, as well as sharing some compositional tips too. Tune in next week for the next episode in the series, when Kevin will be venturing further into Spitfire Audio’s LCO Strings, looking specifically at reverb and effects tips.

Kevin Kerrigan teaches Electronic Music Production as a part of our online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. Every aspect of the degree has been developed and optimised to guarantee it meets rigorous academic standards. Regular Quality checks and reviews with Middlesex University ensure these standards are on a level with the top universities in the world. Our brand new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) offers ease of access and support to students enabling us to give them the benefit of cutting-edge, interactive learning. If you want to learn composition, recording, engineering and mixing techniques enrol on our online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering degree now. With flexible learning from anywhere in the world, it is our most comprehensive programme. Take the first step by trying a free online sample course or contact our course admissions team to find out more.

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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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