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Monthly Roundup December 2017: Look Mum No Computer, Sweatson Klank & More

As we ease into the new year, bleary-eyed from the near-hibernation of the festive period, we thought it a good time for a reminder of our favourite content from last year’s final month. This is no exercise in buying time until the cobwebs are shaken though – before our annual retrospective we produced some of our favourite content of the year in December, including as always the educational, the interesting and the informative. Check out our Monthly Roundup December 2017 below. 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.

Look Mum No Computer – Live at Point Blank

We welcomed him back once again last month, and once again he finds himself at the head of our list of our favourite content for the month. Infectious and inspiring stuff from one of the most enthusiastic performance you’re likely to see at the knobs and keys.

Seven Ways To Make The Perfect Mix

Seven more tricks, this time to help with the mixing process. Pointers like these are commonplace but, having tried these out ourselves, know they are well worth giving a go.

Sweatson Klank on Teaching at PBLA

Sweatson Klank exudes that cool, easy-going demeanour that LA people seem to be born with. Don’t let that fool you though, the producer is an incredibly hard-working professional, and has been with Point Blank LA since it opened its doors. Here he speaks with us from his favourite LA digging spot, High Fidelity, about what teaching and mentoring means to him.

Behind the Scenes at Point Blank: Ricky Vianello

Every now and again we try and catch up with one of our extremely talented team of employees to give you a taste of what everyone is getting up to when they’re not helping to make the school the industry leader it is. This time we caught up with our senior studio assistant Ricky Vianello, also one half of Tapefeed, to find out about his productions and parties.

A Beginners Guide to Making a Track in Abelton

PB Instructor Saytek is joined by DJ Ravine for a very basic guide to making a track in Ableton. Beginners can follow this – all you need is a free trial version of the software and some free sample packs – and begin their own journey in making music.

If you enjoy this content, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. If you’d like to get into music production or take yours to the next level, then consider our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree in which you can learn everything you need to know about music production including mixing, mastering, composition and music business. We also offer an online alternative, our online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. You can check out our whole range of online courses here.

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Top 3 Live Performances of 2017! (Octave One, Sandunes & More…)

The ability to perform your own music is one of the cornerstones of longevity when it comes to success as a musician, and 2017 has seen us welcome some incredible artists to Point Blank to come and show us how it’s done. Featuring everything from pure analog and modular setups to Ableton controlled performance hybrids, read on for some of this year’s best live performances.

Don’t forget, there is the opportunity to learn about the practicalities and application of live performance in our courses, particularly our new online BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering.

Octave One: Live Performance Masterclass

We welcomed Detroit legends, Octave One, to our London studios in October this year to give us a breakdown of their live performance. Beginning with a demonstration of a driving Octave One show and ending with an interview where they go through their equipment, providing tips on how to learn from failure, this performance from the Burden brothers is built to last.

Live Performance at Point Blank – LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER

Earlier this year, modular synth wizard Sam Battle, a.k.a. LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER, joined us at our London studios to provide us with an electrifying electro-punk live performance. Luckily for us, he brought his entire homemade modular synth setup along for the ride.

Live Performance Masterclass with Sandunes at Point Blank, London

Former Point Blank student, Sandunes, came to provide us with an insightful live performance masterclass in June. Taking time from her touring schedule before supporting Bonobo in Manchester, Sanaya provided us with a breakdown of all the elements of her acclaimed live performance, from the synths to triggering scenes in Ableton.

If you’d like to learn more about any of the techniques shown above, Point Blank offer courses for those at any level. Our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree in London is one of the most comprehensive courses out there, with modules covering mixing, sound design, production and much more. We also offer an online alternative, in the form of our new online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. We are currently offering a huge 25% off online courses and 30% off LA courses, plus a free copy of Ableton Suite until December 31st, so make sure you enrol soon! For more information, contact our course advisors on +44 20 7729 4884. If you are a resident of the USA, you can reach us on 323 282 7660.

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Tune into a Live Performance from Look Mum No Computer at our London Studios

We love Look Mum No Computer, not only did he give us a fantastic live performance back in September (check that out here) but he also came and gave us a demonstration and intro to DIY modular synthesis in November, which you can check below. Never satisfied, we asked him to come back for another performance, which we’re streaming on YouTube below! You can watch a visionary at work live from 1:30pm GMT.

You can also check out LMNC diving into his homemade set-up from earlier in the year, showing off homemade oscillators, filters, envelope generators and analogue drums. After making an entire track on the fly, he finishes up by talking us through how he built everything – you’ll find out that the cost of building this kind of unit will set you back a lot less than you might imagine!

For more demonstrations, live sets and masterclasses, check out our YouTube channel. If you’d like to learn more about synthesis, our sound design modules cover all the bases. Our BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering is one of the most comprehensive of its kind, and includes modules on live performance as well as synthesis. Not only will you learn everything you need to know about production, but also how to make your way through the music industry, and there’s even an online alternative. Check out more courses Online and in London, LA, Ibiza and Mumbai. Questions? Contact us.

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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.

PB Recommends #46

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

If you enjoy this content, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. If you’d like to get into music production, or take yours to the next level, then consider our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree in which you can learn everything you need to know about music production including mixing, mastering, composition and music business. We also offer an online alternative, our online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. You can also check out our whole range of online courses 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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Watch an Introduction to DIY Modular Synthesis with Look Mum No Computer

Back in September, we shared with you Look Mum No Computer’s fantastic live set from Point Blank London. We loved it so much that we asked him to come back and give us an introduction to DIY modular synthesis. He’s so infectiously enthusiastic that we defy you to watch this and not be more than a little intrigued. Watch the madcap genius at work below.

In the video, the man also known as Sam Battle gives us a little lesson in the history of synthesisers, before diving into his homemade set-up. Homemade oscillators, filters, envelope generators and analogue drums are demonstrated, while he teaches us what effects things like resonance, waveform shape and voltage have on the sounds that can be made. We also learn that you shouldn’t put a six-volt current through your tongue. After making an entire track on the fly, LMNC finishes up by talking us through how he built everything, and we learn that the cost of this kind of unit being used will set you back a lot less than you might imagine.

Sam Battle in full flow with his monster set-up

We hope you enjoy this video, we think it’s something quite special. For more demonstrations, live sets and masterclasses, check out our YouTube channel. If you’d like to learn more about musical theory and production, then join us at Point Blank. Our BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering is one of the most comprehensive of its kind, and includes modules on live performance. Not only will you learn everything you need to know about production, but also how to make your way through the music industry, and there’s even an online alternative. Check out more courses Online and in London, LA, Ibiza and Mumbai. Questions? Contact us.

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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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September Monthly Roundup: Samplethon Competition, UK Garage Style Guide + More

As we roll into October with a profusion of new content, we take stock and look back at what we were up to for the month of September. We’ve had some fantastic student opportunities, insightful interviews and informative masterclasses, all geared towards preparing you for your ascent through the music industry. Below are a few picks from the month. Don’t forget to check out our courses, such as our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, on which you’ll learn the essential tools to take your productions to the next level.

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 September’s highlights reel:

 

Friday Forum Live (FFL): Creating Classic Synth Sounds

For this edition of Friday Forum Live, Point Blank Course Developer and expert instructor Dan Herbert will be demonstrating how to create some classic synth sounds in Native Instruments’ ‘Massive’ and ‘Reaktor’. Sounds on the shortlist span from the throbbing reece bassline from Ray Keith’s ‘Renegade Terrorist’ to the organ stabs of ‘Show Me Love’ by Robin S.

Don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube Channel if you would like to see more of this kind of content. For those wanting to develop their own journey into music making, check out our full range of online courses. You can read more about our latest FFL here.

 

Remix Anthony Touma ‘Walk Away’ (Universal) & Win Prizes Worth £2,000+!

We have teamed up with Point Blank Singing & Songwriting Certificate graduate, Anthony Touma, together with his label, Universal Music Mena, to create a very special remix competition for students, graduates and our wider online community. We’ll be looking for the very best remix submissions for Anthony’s new single, ‘Walk Away’, out now on Universal Music. The winner will have their music judged by the A&R team at Universal Music Mena with the potential of an official release. They’ll also receive a free Point Blank ‘Complete’ course, plus copies of Komplete 11 and Ableton Suite! All you need to do to get started is download the stems here – check out the track above and read the full details of how to enter here.

 

Point Blank Style Guide: UK Garage | Part 1 – ‘A History of UK Garage With MJ Cole

In our Style Guide series, we explore the origins of a musical genre, delving into its history and exploring the production techniques and hardware that helped define it. For the latest in the series, we visited award-winning producer MJ Cole at his London studio to dive into UK Garage. Watch the video below, in which he gives a concise history of the genre and keep a look out for part 2 below! UK Garage and a range of other genres are covered in depth on the Production Analysis module of our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree.

 

Point Blank Style Guide: UK Garage | Part 2 – ‘MJ Cole Makes a UK Garage Track on the Fly’

In part 2 of our latest ‘UK Garage’ style guide, we caught up with Mercury Prize winner and legendary producer MJ Cole at his London studio to show he creates a track using elements from his new Loopmasters sample pack. In the video, MJ demonstrates some insights into his creative workflow as he makes a track, building drums using individuals hits from his sample pack before layering chords and adding some classic Rhodes melody.

 

WhoSampled Presents Samplethon Competition at Point Blank London with KPM & Ableton

Attention all beat makers and sampling addicts – we want to hear your best tracks! On Sunday 15th October we will be opening our doors for a very special ‘Samplethon’ competition at our London school, in collaboration with WhoSampled, KPM Music and Ableton. Ahead of the competition day, we’ll be selecting 20 competitors to bring their best sampling and production games to the table – simply submit your best track to us as a SoundCloud link to samplethon@whosampled.com before 6th October to put yourself in the running to participate on the day. Watch the video below to get an idea of what to expect on the day, which will be mentored and judged by a highly experienced panel including Shawn Lee (Ubiquity), Chris Read (BBE / WhoSampled), Ollie Teeba (Ninja Tune) and Point Blank’s Ski Oakenfull. Read more about the competition and entry details here.

 

Live Performance at Point Blanks London with Look Mum No Computer!

Last but not least, Look Mum No Computer visited our London studios last month to give us a spectacular live performance. Half-modular synth freak, half-inventor and an artist in his own right, Sam’s creations never fail to entertain, having made quite an impact already with his ‘Synth Bike‘ invention. It was an absolute pleasure having him down to our HQ for what was a unique & inspiring show. Keep your eyes & ears peeled for another video with Look Mum No Computer coming your way very soon.

For those that want to develop their musical skills, our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree is one of the most comprehensive music courses out there, in which you can learn everything you need to know about music production including mixing, mastering, composition and music business. We also offer an online alternative, in the form of our new online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. You can also check out our whole range of online courses here.

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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