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Point Blank Recommends #44: Minor Science, Special Request & More

Point Blank Recommends is your handy digest of our essential new music recommendations, whether it’s box-fresh material or tracks that may have slipped under the radar. If you’re seeking fresh inspiration from unusual places, PBR#44 has got you covered. As always, this one covers a broad spectrum of electronic music, so open your mind, your ears and a fresh tab on your browser of choice and get refreshing those listening habits with our handy Soundcloud playlist.
Unfortunately, the summer is coming to its end. However, this doesn’t mean that the party has to stop. We’ve done the rounds and put together a selection of tracks, old and new, to keep you moving through September and into October. Featuring new releases from the likes of Minor Science and God Colony, as well as cuts from imprints Hessle Audio, Lobster Theremin, and The Trilogy Tapes this Point Blank Recommends playlist is the perfect listening companion. Check out the playlist above and stay tuned for next month when we will present a whole new batch of tracks for your listening pleasure. Don’t forget to check out our SoundCloud page for previous PB Recommends playlists and the latest PB Music releases.

Still hungry for new music? Get on over to the Point Blank Music YouTube channel to discover what’s going down on our label, and be sure to subscribe to keep ahead of the curve. If all this is inspiring you and you can see yourself on the Point Blank Recommends playlist one day, you should join us. Our online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree can take your music to the next level. It covers everything from mixing your tracks, composition skills and mastering too. We are currently offering a 25% discount plus a free copy of Ableton/Logic Pro X with our online courses until September 30th. Spaces are limited so don’t delay!

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

We have teamed up with Point Blank 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 below, and read on for full details of how to enter.

Anthony Touma took our Singing & Songwriting Certificate last year and after completing his courses, he returned to his home country of Lebanon, teaming up with local producers. This led to his signing by Universal Music Mena, and subsequently the release of his first single, ‘Walk Away’ in April 2017. Having received a positive response for the single, Anthony and Universal Music Mena are now looking to make a commercial dance remix of the track for clubs, extending this challenge to the Point Blank community.

The track should be something commercial that would play in clubs and get people dancing. The label would prefer to stay away from techno, house, deep house etc. however a Trap-style remix could be an option. This is the perfect chance for you to have your music heard by Universal Music Mena and potentially have your remix published, launching it on a global stage. Not only that, but the winner of the competition will receive a free Point Blank ‘Complete’ online course, plus copies of both Komplete 11 and Ableton Suite.

How to enter

1. Download the stems – note, you must register with Point Blank in order to access the stems.
2. Create a remix, in the style of a commercial dance release – 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 15th October. Please ensure the track title includes ‘Anthony Touma Remix Competition’.

Want to study at Point Blank? Our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree is one of the most comprehensive music courses out there, on which 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 25% discount plus a free copy of Ableton Suite or Logic Pro X with a range of online courses until September 30th, so make sure you enrol soon to make the most of it! 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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Watch Live Point Blank Masterclasses From Sonopro in Barcelona

Earlier today, Point Blank Creative Director JC Concato kicked off the Future Music Forum (FMF) international music conference with two masterclasses, one in mixing and one in mastering. This series of masterclasses was free to attend for all Future Music Forum Delegates as a three way partnership between Point Blank, Sonopro and FMF.  This is just one of many events Point Blank has been a part of this year, with our instructors holding workshops and masterclasses all over the world at events including Sonar +D, Seazone, Palm Expo & IMS Colllege Malta.
For the first masterclass, JC discussed mixing, drawing on his extensive industry experience to share his essential tips and tricks. Using seminal Trip-Hop group Massive Attack’s ‘Unfinished Sympathy’ as an example, JC detailed how he uses effects and employs classic mixing techniques to ensure he gets the best blend out of the stems, which were recorded in an exclusive session at our London School as part of our BA (Hons) Music Production and Sound Engineering degree.
For the second masterclass, JC shifted the focus to mastering, using recent Point Blank Music release ‘Hold On’ by Revilo as the demo track. Discussing his typical approach to mastering and listing some his favourite plugins, JC answered questions from the audience as the masterclass progressed, giving them a 360 view of the mastering process.

Want to learn more about mixing, mastering and other production techniques? Our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree is one of the most comprehensive music courses out there, on which you can also learn everything you need to know about music production. We also offer an online alternative, in the form of our new online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, on which we are offering a 25% discount plus a free copy of Ableton Suite/Logic Pro X until September 30th. 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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Point Blank Selects: Ten Garage Essentials

Over the last few weeks, our Point Blank Selects series has seen us compile what we consider to be essential cuts from the realms of Techno and Jungle. This time, we dive into the world of Garage, selecting ten must-have tracks for your collection – no mean feat. Feeling inspired? On our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree we can equip you with the knowledge you need to make your own mark on the electronic music scene. Now, roll on our ten essential Garage bangers…

Ghost – The Club

A release from imprint Ghost Recordings. Label head and legendary producer/DJ El-B is considered by many to be one of the early pioneers of Dubstep.

Roy Davis Jr ft. Peven Everett – Gabriel

A soulful classic, Roy Davis Jr & Peven Everett’s 1997 banger has got to be one of the most memorable garage tunes ever made. The ultimate set-closer!

Scott Garcia ft. MC Styles – A London Thing

Coming out on Underground Connection in 1997, Scott Garcia’s ‘A London Thing’ epitomizes the UK Garage scene and the city in which it was born.

Master Stepz – Melody

An anthem in underground garage raves, Master Stepz ‘Melody’ first got a release on Outlaw Records in 1998.

Dem 2 – Destiny

Dem 2’s ‘Destiny’, released in ’97 on Locked On,  defines two-step. This cut was one of the earlier garage tracks to feature the use of the pitched and chopped vocal samples that became synonymous with the genre.

187 Lockdown – Gunman

Sampling Ennio Morricone’s iconic chimes from spaghetti western For A Few Dollars More, Speed Garage banger ‘Lockdown’ hit #16 on the UK Singles Chart.

Some Treat – Lost In Vegas

A subby gem. Lost In Vegas’ memorable sample comes from DNA’s flip of Suzanne Vega’s ‘Tom’s Diner’.

Active Minds – Hobson’s Choice

A much darker cut, ‘Hobson’s Choice’ was originally limited to just 500 copies. A classic UK urban banger, Active Minds self-released the record in 1998. This tune lit up underground garage raves, with its instantly recognisable strings and chopped/pitched vocal samples.

Richie Dan – Call It Fate

Featuring the unmistakeable vocals of K Warren, Richie Dan’s ‘Call It Fate’ is a seminal Garage classic. Another soulful cut that no Garage compilation would be complete without!

You can learn more about Music Production & DJing on our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, on which we teach everything you need to know 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 25% discount plus a free copy of Ableton Suite or Logic Pro X with select online courses until September 30th, 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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Point Blank Earns QAA Approval Once Again in 2017 Review Report

Every year, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) review UK higher education providers to assess how they maintain their academic standards, and we’re proud to say that Point Blank has once again met the expectations of this highly respected institution as part of its 2017 review report. The QAA identified ‘the rigorous selection and induction of music industry professionals employed’ as a key example of our good practise and ‘readiness to teach higher education students’, and with our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering degree included within the scope of this review for the first time, we’re delighted to confirm the continuation of this recognised mark of quality assurance for the school.

Our HE programmes are quality assured by Middlesex University and you receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.

In addition to noting the industry experience of our expert instructors – which includes internationally-renowned live performer Saytek – the QAA refer to our unique online virtual learning environment, stating that Point Blank has sought to build on the good practice identified in the 2014 review by enhancing the virtual learning environment (VLE) and extending it to campus-based students.’ Our bespoke VLE is just one of the ways we strive to enhance your learning experience, having been developed to provide students with a blended learning experience, balancing the flexibility of online learning with the access to our award-winning music schools in London and Los Angeles.


Live performance artist and expert instructor Saytek is currently developing our Electronic Music Performance module as well as playing at festivals and clubs worldwide.

To find out more about our expert instructors and cutting edge learning facilities, check out our range of online courses, including our online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. Covering everything from production to sound design, mixing, mastering and composition it is one of the most comprehensive music courses out there. If you’re interested in enrolling, this is a perfect time. We are currently offering a huge 25% discount plus a free copy of Ableton Suite or Logic Pro X with all of our online courses until 30th September! You can contact a Point Blank course advisor here.

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Student Opportunities: Radium Audio, Colluded Management & Untold Sound

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…

Radium Audio Graduate Composer/Producer Opportunity

Emmy Award Winning music and sound production team Radium Audio has an opening for a Graduate or early-career Composer/Producer, to join them and work on Film Trailers, Broadcast, Advertising and New Media sound and music projects. Their recent work includes Alien Covenant, Ghost in the Shell, and The Dark Tower film trailers.

The right person will have a knack for writing hooks and themes, and a strong ability to arrange and produce these in a style which hybridizes pop, orchestral, and electronic production elements.  A varied sonic palate, varied multi instrumental skillset (with particular strength in keyboards/piano) and familiarity with industry standard virtual instruments and libraries would also be a big advantage.

Check out this link for further info, and to see some recent work.  Please be sure to read ALL the information and FAQs they have shared before applying.

Colluded Management Internship

Management company Colluded Management are looking for an office intern to help with logistics, social media, diary management and general admin. Managing the likes of Sonny Fodera, Sam Divine, Franky Rizardo, Honey Dijon and Eli Escobar, the small team at Colluded provides a great environment to learn in. Expenses will be covered.

If you are interested in applying, email your cover letter and CV to sam.holt@colludedmanagement.com

Untold Sound Are Looking For Collaborators

Untold Sound is a new production company set up to weave narrative into live gigs, working with writers from theatre, film and TV to create immersive music experiences that combine sound and story. They are currently looking for a DJ/producer to collaborate with on their first project. They are setting up a fictional sound system crew, set in a dystopian near future London where hostility to immigrants is rising and developers are buying up land by any means necessary.

This project is about building a collective of MCs, poets and performers who will become the cast of the sound system crew. The shows will be gigs, in music venues not theatre spaces, and the character’s stories will be told through a combination of rap, poetry and song integrated with monologues and scenes.

All this will be set to a banging soundtrack. It could include Dub, Jungle, Grime, Hip Hop and Drum + Bass. However, they want to develop the sound for the show with a DJ/producer, so if you are interested in the idea send them an email: hello@untoldsound.co.uk.

Rehearsals for this project will not be paid, but gigs will be.

 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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Friday Forum Live (FFL!): Creating Classic Synth Sounds

For this edition of Friday Forum Live (FFL!), Point Blank Course Developer and expert instructor Dan Herbert will be demonstrating how to create some classic synth sounds in Massive and Reaktor. Sounds on the shortlist include the reece bassline from Ray Keith’s ‘Renegade Terrorist’ and the classic French electro sounds of Justice. Tune in as we go live with Carly Hordern at 1.pm.

If you’d like to learn mixing and mastering techniques, 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 a free copy of Logic Pro X/Ableton Suite until September 11th, 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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Listen to Point Blank on Pioneer DJ Radio: Guest Mix From JukeBoxx

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

Saumya Masrani, a.k.a JukeBoxx,  is a 19-year-old student from Mumbai, India and is currently pursuing a degree in Business administration from the University of Bath. Saumya joined us at Point Blank for the Complete DJ course during the summer. Inspired by Deep house heavyweights Dixon and Âme, Saumya is mainly a House DJ, but can produce sets which vary in style and genre. having had some experience prior to joining us, Saumya polished his skills at Point Blank, making the most of our Pioneer DJ-sponsored DJ studio. ‘ I can do so many more things, now, that I could never do before,’ He says. ‘The instructors are patient with you and are very friendly and helpful. The equipment is brilliant and the studios are flawless’.

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 Los Angeles 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 0044207 729 4884. And remember, If you’re studying with us and want to join Saumya in getting your DJ mix played on Point Blank’s slot on Pioneer DJ Radio, get in touch with Louis at Point Blank.

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Cera Alba Live Pioneer DJ TORAIZ Performance at ADE Mumbai

Back in February, we sent Point Blank expert instructor Liam Jones aka Cera Alba to ADE Mumbai to lead a live DJ performance session using Pioneer DJ’s new TORAIZ AS-1 synth and SA-16 sampler. Taking place over 3 days, ADE Mumbai saw a range of industry professionals host Q&A’s, exclusive industry discussions, networking events, strategy meetings, masterclasses and much more. In addition to Cera Alba’s masterclass, Point Blank participated in a demo drop session giving feedback on delegates tracks, as well as Producer/DJ and Point Blank graduate Sanaya Ardeshir (Sandunes) hosting a production workshop, breaking down one of her tracks. Point Blank have recently expanded to Mumbai, so if you are based in India and want to study at the world’s #1 music school check out our Mumbai courses.

In the video, Liam performs a 15 minute live set, linking Pioneer DJ CDJs with the Toriaz SP-16 sampler and Toraiz AS-1 synth/sequencer, before reviewing the hardware and briefly outlining its capabilities. Electronic Live Performance is just one of the modules on our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering degree, on which you can also learn the fundamentals of music production, sound design, mixing, mastering and more.

If you think you have what it takes to make music like Sanaya or Liam, or would like to learn how, why not take a look at some of the courses available here at Point Blank such as our online degree course. Taken from anywhere in the world it’s your chance to master your craft. With modules in composition, mixing, mastering and even music business all aspects of the industry are covered, giving you all the skills you need to succeed. Remember, we are currently offering a huge 25% discount plus a free copy of Ableton Suite or Logic Pro X with select online courses until September 11th, 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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Point Blank Host Workshops & Panel as Educational Partner at IMS Asia-Pacific

Point Blank is heading East! With Point Blank an official educational partner of the International Music Summit’s (IMS) Asia-Pacific Conference for the first time, Rob Cowan and expert instructor Saytek will be taking part in panels and workshops at the event, which takes place in Shanghai on 21st – 22nd September. This event also sees a number of other high-profile guest artists and speakers including Laidback Luke and Howie B host a range of workshops and masterclasses, together with industry pro’s from Pioneer DJ, Warner Music, BBC Radio 1 and many others involved over the two days. Check out the highlights from last year in the video below.

To kick off the event, Point Blank expert instructor Saytek will be hosting a ‘music production 101’ workshop, before giving 1 on 1 support to aspiring music makers at dedicated production stations at the event throughout the day. Saytek is currently developing the Electronic Music Performance module for our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, whilst outside of PB his hardware-heavy live shows have led him to be billed as ‘one of the UK’s most exciting acts’, and his energetic performances have won him the support of the likes of Seth Troxler, Carl Cox, Laurent Garnier and Nic Fanciulli.

On the second and final day of the event Point Blank CEO and Founder, Rob Cowan, will be joining a number of other industry professionals on a panel entitled ‘Big Thinkers: Big Picture’, discussing current developments in the music industry. Fellow panelists include CEO of events company A2LiVE Eric Zho and Australian DJ program Your-Shot’s co-founder Steve Pillemer.

On our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, we teach 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 25% discount plus a free copy of Ableton Suite or Logic Pro X with select online courses until September 11th, 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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