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Monthly Round-Up November 2017: Look Mum No Computer, Arabian Prince & More

Hello again and welcome to a special festive edition of our monthly round-up of content. Well, there’s nothing festive about the content per se, but the date on your calendars and the jingle-saturated airways should take care of that for us. In the past month, we’ve brought you deconstructions, demonstrations, directions and recommendations. As always, our content is designed to help students and curious readers alike to gain insight and expertise in all facets of the music industry. To take this to the next level, head to our pages for schools in London, LA, Ibiza, Mumbai and Online. Read on for our picks of the bunch.

An Introduction to DIY Modular Synthesis with Look Mum No Computer

For originality, information and style, it’s pretty clear that Look Mum No Computer’s video on modular synthesis takes some beating. Such is his enthusiasm for what he does and for encouraging others to have a go themselves, that you can’t help but be inspired by the hyperactive musings of Sam Battle. Watch the video to learn how to go about building your own modular set-up, and for a demonstration of what you might want to do with it.

Point Blank LA Instructor Profile: Arabian Prince


Get to know one of our latest additions to the team of instructors at Point Blank Los Angeles and find out why there’s no better school in America to learn about music business with. Arabian Prince was a founding member of NWA who went on to carve a path through music that adheres to nobody’s rules. Follow the link to read all about him, and watch him chatting with RBMA about his exploits since the late 80s in music and technology.

Seven Ways to Make Your Effects Amazing


Point Blank guest writer Ronan MacDonald shares seven invaluable tricks to make the most out of the use of FX in your tracks. Having written for Music Radar and others for many years, our writer knows his business, and anyone wishing to add some class to their tracks should take heed.

808 State – ‘Pacific 707’ Deconstruction at Sarm Music Village

One of the now legendary series of deconstructions put together by our lead course developer, Ski Oakenfull. Even among a sizable and ever-impressive canon of videos this one stands out, partly for the info on the classic ‘loon bird’ sample, and partly for the input of Grahame Massey himself.

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More kicks than a baby in a mother’s stomach. We put our favourite tracks we heard in November in this handy playlist.

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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’

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