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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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Shan McGinley Returns to Point Blank for a Guest Masterclass

Shan McGinley was a student of ours back in 2011. He studied the Radio Production Certificate and has since gone on to be one of the most successful alumni we’ve had, particularly in his field. We last caught up with him for this magazine in 2014, when he had moved on from his internships at Shoreditch Radio and Ministry of Sound, becoming broadcasting assistant at Rinse Fm, presenting for IAmMusicTV and Launching SISTER with Carly Wilford.

Shan McGinley is now content curator for huge brands like Snapchat and Nike

The intervening years have seen Shan expand SISTER into a fully-fledged radio platform as well as event, and begin working with Nike and Snapchat. McGinley has become of of the latter’s most visible faces as a presenter and curator of live socials, working at huge events like The Brits, and artists as big as Kendrick Lamar, Dev Hynes and Justin Bieber. With Nike, McGinley blurs the lines between sport and music, and was behind the recent ‘100th Game’ story with Real Madrid and Croatia footballer Luka Modric. Take a look at a short clip of his recent talk at our London radio studio below.

Students at Point Blank are regularly treated to guest masterclasses of this ilk. This year alone has seen talks by Japanese instrumentalist Clive Bell, Bassment Jaxx percussionist Oli Savill and the live performer Sandunes. And that’s just in London. In LA we welcomed Mixmaster Mike, Todd Edwards and more, while in Ibiza we hosted DVS1 for a masterclass in DJing.

Inspired by Shan’s successes? We are too. Come and join us on one of our radio courses and there’s no telling where your potential could take you. Check out our school in Ibiza and LA too for more access to incredible guest masterclasses.

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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.

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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 our Native Instruments Machine Mk3 Tutorial with Paul Ressel

Just over a month ago, Native Instruments the newest version of their flagship Maschine controller, the MK3. The latest upgrade represents the biggest leap in terms of performance since the top-end Maschine Studio was launched back in 2013. It’s packed with new features and even if you’re familiar with Maschine, it’s a lot to get your head around. Have no fear though, as we’ve asked our instructor Paul Ressel, who’s not only worked with Lana Del Rey and Maxi Jazz, but also releases with his own band Vuvuvulvas on Tri Tone, to demonstrate some of its new functionality. Take a look at our tutor profile on Paul for more info.

In the video, we get a look at some of the new features on the MK3 such as the touch strip, new modes like the chord and keyboard modes, as well as the hugely improved editing capabilities, expanding what you can do without needing to revert to software. In just 13 minutes, Paul Ressel takes us through arranging and sketching and ideas, with an arrangement built from just two sounds.

When the first Maschine was released in 2009, it completely changed the landscape of using digital tools to make music. It borrowed the best features of the legendary Akai MPC and paired hardware sampler functionality with linked software to become more of a compact, digital studio. It has since undergone several makeovers: the Maschine Mikro introduced more portability, MK2 was an incremental upgrade with greater customisation, Maschine Studio added screens and a huge range of extra functionality to match its professional target audience and the Maschine Jam emulated Ableton’s Push module in design. The MK3 though marks the biggest change to the original design since it’s inception. We’re already sold.

Want to learn on Native Instruments gear? NI are an official partner of Point Blank and in London and LA our studios are kitted out with the full range of NI products: Maschine, Komplete, Komplete Kontrol and Traktor. On our Sound Engineering classes as part of our B.A Programme you will make use of our Native Instruments studio where you can find all of this kit in one place, and you’ll also learn everything you need to know about production.

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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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Attend a Guest Masterclass with Garage Legend Todd Edwards at PBLA

At Point Blank Los Angeles we organise regular guest workshops and masterclasses for the benefit of our students and graduates. Over the last six months we’ve had the pleasure of hosting Mix Master Mike, Robot Koch, and Sample Magic CEO Sharooz Raoofi, who have all joined us at our LA school to impart their knowledge and give an insight into their creative processes. On October 5th, House/Garage legend and Grammy-award winner Todd Edwards will be joining us to lead a masterclass before holding a Q&A. This is available for all students and graduates to attend, and to RSVP you can head to the Eventbrite page.

Grammy-award winning DJ and producer Todd Edwards is credited as one of the godfathers of UK garage, best known for cut-up vocal samples over swung beats and disco-flavoured basslines. With his remix credits including Daft Punk, Phoenix, Justice and Matthew Dear, Todd will have a wealth of knowledge to share with our students!

Guest workshops are a core part of the experience at studying at Point Blank Los Angeles. To find out which class is for you, visit our Los Angeles course page to find out more – but hurry, you’ll need to sign up ASAP as spaces are limited for the forthcoming term. We’ve got everything from production, sound design and mixing courses to DJ’ing. If you want to know more and you’re in the USA, give us a call on 323 282 7660, or contact us 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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Point Blank to Host a Track Deconstruction at Loop 2017: You Decide the Track!

We are very excited to confirm that in November this year we will be hosting a masterclasses at Ableton’s flagship event, Loop 2017. Following the success of our collaborative sampling event earlier this year, our close working partnership with Ableton is set to continue at Loop. Point Blank course developer Ski Oakenfull will be hosting a track deconstruction, and this time we are asking you to submit your suggestions for the track! You can check out one of Ski’s previous deconstructions below to get a flavour of what to expect for the session.

We’ll be looking for a suggestion that represents the sound and vibe of Berlin, whether past or present. Head to the call out posts on Facebook and Twitter to get involved! Point Bank students and graduates are additionally able to apply for significantly discounted tickets to Loop, just contact oliver@pointblankmusicschool.com before 3rd August with your study details to register your interest. Ableton’s Loop event brings three days of discussions, performances, presentations, studio sessions, installations and interactive workshops to Berlin, aimed at exchanging ideas at the cutting edge of music, creativity, and technology. Bringing together artists, technologists, educators and other creative thinkers, Loop is a collective exploration of what it is to make music today and what it could be tomorrow. Over the course of the event, you can expect to see workshops from the likes of Goldie, Flava D, LEAF Audio and more, as well as Point Blank’s own Ski Oakenfull. You can find out more about the full programme right here.

Want to up your production skills? On our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree you can also 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. We are currently offering a free copy of Ableton Suite or Logic Pro X with select online courses, 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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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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PBLA Guest Masterclass Hosted by Chris Holmes (Paul McCartney’s Tour DJ)

At Point Blank Los Angeles we are constantly reaching out to our network of music industry contacts in the local scene, organising guest workshops and masterclasses for the benefit of our students and graduates. Just in the last six months we’ve had the pleasure of hosting Mix Master Mike, Robot Koch, and Sample Magic CEO Sharooz Raoofi join us at Mack Sennett Studios to impart their knowledge, giving us an insight into their creative processes. On August 17, musicologist, DJ and producer Chris Holmes will be joining us to lead a remix masterclass and live performance before holding a Q&A. This is available for all students and graduates to attend, and to RSVP you can head to the Eventbrite page.

Chris Holmes has worked with the likes of Disney & Rockstar Games both as a composer and consultant, as well as being responsible for bringing together an elite creative class of film and music producers, fine artists, writers and actors at events he produces himself with his DJ and events collective known as The Embassy. Chris has produced events and curated the talent for Los Angeles mayoral elect Eric Garcetti, Rolling Stone Magazine, NPR, The Black Keys, Atoms for Peace, Daft Punk and Questlove of the Roots and helped to create the magical screening of the Breaking Bad finale at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. As well as being a consultant for various tech companies including Native Instruments, Sonos, Audeze Headphones and Novation/Focusrite, Chris is a member of rock band Ashtar Command. He has produced alongside Joshua Radin, Felix da Housecat, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Har Mar Superstar and has remixed everyone from Radiohead to David Bowie, The Beatles, Fischerspooner and FUN.

Guest workshops are a core part of the experience at studying at Point Blank Los Angeles. To find out which class is for you, visit our Los Angeles course page to find out more – but hurry, you’ll need to sign up ASAP as spaces are limited for the forthcoming term. We’ve got everything from production, sound design and mixing courses to DJ’ingIf you want to know more and you’re in the USA, give us a call on 323 282 7660, or contact us 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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Mark Fanciulli Interview and ‘Deviation’ Track Breakdown

At Point Blank we are constantly hooking up with top artists and professionals from the music industry to present you with insightful and informative masterclasses, offering you a unique perspective and a glimpse at how some of the best in the business work. For our latest guest masterclass, we were joined at our London studios by DJ/producer Mark Fanciulli (brother of Nic Fanciulli) for an exclusive interview and a breakdown of his track ‘Deviation’.
In the above video, we had a chat with Mark about his background in music, his tips for DJing and his approach to production before diving into his track ‘Deviation’, a bass-heavy Techno cut released on Motech Records. As Mark breaks down the track he shows us how he processes his sounds, discussing how he begins to apply effects as well as talking about how his working with other artists has affected his approach to creating music. We hear about some of his favourite sounds and effects, as well as his top tips for bedroom producers looking to take their careers to the next level. Watch the video above for the full interview and breakdown and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more guest masterclasses, tutorials and more.

Want to up your production skills? On our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree you can also 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. We are currently offering a huge 35% discount plus a free copy of Ableton Suite or Logic Pro X with select online courses until July 17th, 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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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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Further Details Announced w/ Exclusive Discounts: Point Blank @ IMS College Malta

After the success of last year’s event, Point Blank are once again heading to Malta to co-curate the International Music Summit’s (IMS) summer educational programme, IMS College Malta, as the official education partner. From the 7th – 9th July, a number of respected industry speakers and artists will be providing panels, keynotes and masterclasses covering the four pillars of music education: performance, production, promotion and publishing. There will also be networking events and DJ performances in the evenings including Sven Vath (Cocoon), DJ Agoria, Todd Terry and Richy Ahmed (Hot Creations). You can buy tickets here.

Point Blank will be curating the entire first day of the event. Carly Hordern will be hosting an artist masterclass with DJ/Producer Agoria in addition to a panel discussion, whilst PB course developer Ski Oakenfull will be deconstructing Jamiroquai’s ‘Automaton’ and creative director JC Concato presents a masterclass sharing his essential tips and techniques for mixing tracks for the club. Attendees can expect additional masterclasses and panels as part of a full day of programming curated by Point Blank.

You can secure your tickets here. Remember, if you are a Point Blank student you are entitled to a huge 50% off IMS Malta tickets. To redeem this offer, get in touch with us here. This is one of many discounts students at Point Blank are entitled to, if you’d like to join us and gain access to more exclusive discounts and opportunities check out our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree.

If you want to learn recording, engineering and mixing techniques, as well as master the music business, our online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree and Diploma courses cover all this and more. Taken from anywhere in the world they’re some of our most comprehensive programmes. Graduates include Patrick Topping, Jon Rundell and No Artificial Colours so you know you’re in good hands. Watch how it works to find out more, and try a free online sample course here.

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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 are Hosting Workshops at SeaZone 2017

From the 8th-10th June, Point Blank Creative Director JC and expert instructor Saytek are going to be heading to Sopot, Poland for SeaZone, as part of a collaboration with this emerging music conference.  Over the course of the two days, SeaZone will be hosting a wide variety of seminars, workshops, technology showcases and live acts in ‘the biggest event for representatives of the event and entertainment business, music industry professionals and artists in Poland and Central & Eastern Europe’. This is the latest partnership in a busy summer for Point Blank which will see us hosting workshops and creating student discount at various international events including IMS Ibiza, Sonar +D, IMS College Malta and Palm Expo.

To kick off the event, JC will be presenting a masterclass on ‘mastering a track for the club’, before music production instructor and live performance don Saytek takes to the stage to give a lesson on making and arranging a track live in Ableton. With each Masterclass being held for two hours, they will be packed with useful tips and tricks and are not to be missed! On the final day of the event, JC will be joining a panel for a discussion on ‘Innovative Music Schools’, looking at what modern forms of music education and learning to play on contemporary instruments have to offer.

Tickets are still available for SeaZone 2017 here.

From music production to mixing, mastering and even the business side of things – all are covered comprehensively on our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, as well as our new online BA (Hons) Degree. For more information, contact our Course Advisors here or call 0207 729 4884 or, if you’re in the USA, give us a call on 323 282 7660. If you’re calling internationally, use the number +44 20 7729 4884. Want to see firsthand the amazing facilities offered by Point Blank? You can book a space on one of our studio tours by heading here.

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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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