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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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Point Blank Launches Deep House Amsterdam Guest Podcast Series – Submit Yours Now

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve teamed up with Deep House Amsterdam to launch a new mix series. In collaboration with this massive international publication, we are offering our students a monthly guest slot within their podcast series, which boasts a huge digital listenership of millions of monthly stream. Point Blank’s guest slots will sit alongside those by artists as big as Space Dimension Controller, Felix da Housecat, Fritz Kalkbrenner and François K. Take a look at the playlist below to see exactly who’s been featured in the past. We recommend you take a listen to some of them to get an idea of the kind of tone they’re looking for as well for when you send us your own mixes for consideration.

DHA’s industry props is clear from first glance, but for an idea of the kind of reach and backing a winning mix will receive, we can tell you they they have over 435k followers on SoundCloud, which in turn equates to over 2 Million plays each month. Through Facebook, there’s another 170k followers and the website is visited by over 200k people each month. Combine that with Point Blank’s 700k+ followers on Facebook and you get an idea just how much potential there is with this mix series. It’s a massive chance to rub shoulders with the best out there – you never know where this could take you.

How do I enter?

  • Record a one-hour mix, and try to make sure it fits in with Deep House Amsterdam’s editorial style
  • Send it to oliver@pointblankmusicschool.com by 25 November

This is the first of a monthly series, so even if you don’t feel you’re at the right level yet, you could still grasp this opportunity. Take a look at our DJ courses to see what we can offer to suit your level. We also offer DJ courses at our schools in LA, Mumbai and Ibiza. if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Also don’t forget about our other mix opportunities with Pioneer DJ Radio and Magnetic Magazine.

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Point Blank Ibiza is Back Next Summer with Two New Courses – Enrol Today

Following a successful summer on the famous White Isle, we’re already gearing up for our next season of Point Blank Ibiza. Summer 2018 will see the introduction of two brand new courses, Advanced DJ/Producer and DJ/Radio, as well as the return of the DJ/Producer course from this year. This is your chance to spend two weeks in the sun, learning to DJ in the heartland of the culture, and play out at some of the island’s most iconic clubs. One of which is the stunning Ocean Drive Hotel rooftop, pictured below, and there’s more to be announced.

The Ocean Drive Hotel

Ocean Drive Roof Terrace by day (spot the speaker-man hybrid photobomb!)

Ocean Drive Roof Terrace by night

This could be you

We know a trip to Ibiza can be one of the most spectacular experiences of your life. The gorgeous landscape, famed sunny sunshine beaches and of course the world-famous clubs combine to give an experience like no other. We also know what it’s like to share those moments in Amnesia, Pacha or Space (RIP) and wish you could be standing at the other side of the booth. That’s why we decided to open PB Ibiza, and offer the chance to take the first steps on that path.

Students are taught how to DJ with a range of tools including CDJs, controllers and turntables

A student getting to grips with Pioneer’s peerless DJM900NXS

For the coming year, we’ve added two new courses to choose from. Advanced DJ/Producer lets you take both modules that step further, perfect for those with some existing experience, and DJ/Radio can not only teach you how to mix with the best of them but also how to get your mixes out on the airwaves. The original DJ/Producer course also returns, so whatever your level, we can offer you a fortnight like no other. Come and join us in the famed Ibiza clubland and get exclusive discounts through PB.

Students celebrating at the end of their course – with PB Lead DJ Instructor Ben Bristow

All courses come with a host of fantastic perks thrown in. There’s free software worth a total of £619, students are provided with free travel to and from the idyllic setting of the Can Blau music school, plus fantastic deals with a choice of hotels including a luxury option. Get the full lowdown on our Ibiza school here and don’t hesitate to get in touch as places are being snapped up already.

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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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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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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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Re-live the Spectacular Launch Party for AMANI’S ‘Perpendicular’

Last week, Point Blank Recordings’ AMANI dropped her debut EP, ‘Perpendicular’. The record was released on Friday 3 November having been gathering attention from the likes of XLR8TR, Creators, Dash Majesty and Electronic Groove. To celebrate, the launch party for ‘Perpendicular’ took place at Peckham’s Rye Wax on 8 November and, true to form, AMANI’s gorgeously fierce performance brought the house down. If you weren’t one of the lucky ones in attendance, or if you were and just want to re-live it, take a look at photos from the gig below.

AMANI are we

Drummer and backdrop

He concentrates as much when playing bass too…

At the keys

The wedding dress was one of the less out-there ideas for an outfit

‘Perpendicular’ is available now to stream and purchase

Captivating the crowd with her singular vocal style

Point Blank Recordings was established in 2017 and AMANI is the first artist to be released by the label. Find the release on Spotify and Apple Music. Check out AMANI on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. You can also keep track of all thing PBR on the same channels: Twitter YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.

Fancy yourself as a boundary-pushing artist like AMANI? We can help you, whatever stage you’re at. We offer courses in songwriting and singing to give you the foundation to express your ideas. Or if you prefer being behind the scenes but love live music, why not try a course in live sound engineering? These courses are held in London, but we offer many online courses for people who want to study remotely, and with the online school relaunching in January 2018, any modules on any course you book now are eleven weeks in length instead of eight, all at no extra cost!

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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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Have Your Remix Released! Remix Competition: DJ Suketu ‘Take Me Home’

Time for a new Point Blank remix competition! As usual, it’s a great chance to test your skills and get your work out there. The competition winner will receive a copy of Native Instruments Komplete 11, and the winning remix will be released on Point Blank Music!

Sound good? Then download the stems of DJ Suketu’s ‘Take Me Home’ and get remixing!

DJ Suketu

DJ Suketu is one of the most popular Indian DJs in the world, known for merging Bollywood sounds with a floor-filling 4/4 beat and sending crowds into raptures all over India. ‘Take Me Home’ is a groovy house banger, designed with massive dancefloors at peak-time firmly in mind. Suketu is also the co-founder of The Music Inc (TMI), an electronic music school based in Mumbai. Suketu and TMI have been working closely with Point Blank for some time to create a unique educational pathway for TMI students looking to study with us in London. Not only that, but he has recently been studying our Complete Electronic Music Production online course, tracking his progress with this vlog.

How do I enter?

1. Download the stems – make sure you’re registered with point Blank if you’re not already
2. Create a new track, of any genre you choose – 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 10 December

Want to (re)mix it with stars like DJ Suketu but don’t quite have the skills yet? Our online courses can teach you everything you need to know. We even offer a degree level course with our Online BA (Hons) in Music Production & Sound Engineering. Or if you live in Mumbai our DJ/Entrepreneur course will give you the skills to play tracks like these in clubs and make a career out of DJing. We also have schools in London, Los Angeles and Ibiza, so there are many ways to study with us! 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 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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PB’s Online Music School Relaunches! Get the Full Lowdown Here

As PB continues to bring you the very best experience with our online school, we are delighted to announce that we’ve extended our online courses by an extra three weeks. So for every module you take beginning January 2018, be it part of our short or professional courses online, you will get eleven weeks of tuition instead of eight at no extra cost. That’s an eleven-week course for just £695! January 2018 will also see the rollout of a whole host of new features too in our complete overhaul of our Virtual Learning Environment. So whether you’re a beginner with no previous musical education, an industry veteran who wants to add another string to your bow or somewhere in-between: we’ve got you covered, and there’s never been a better time to enrol.

There have been many big shifts in the history of the online school since it was created in 2007, foremost among them Direct Video Responses, Video Masterclasses and more recently 1-2-1 Skype sessions between students and instructors. For the first time in January 2018, all students now gain exclusive access to degree level learning materials – even if they are not taking part in a degree qualification. With the longer courses thrown in, this amounts to an unparalleled learning experience.

Our new Virtual Learning Environment is fully mobile-responsive, so you benefit from our highly interactive platform whilst on the move, at any time of day

Let’s have a look at the full list of improvements below.

  • Mobile Responsiveness – Study on the go with our new compatibility with smartphones and tablets. We know that everyone’s time is precious, so make the most of every bus ride or train journey
  • Page Favouriting – Favourite pages in the VLE to return to the course sections you find most useful
  • Bookmarking – Navigate the VLE easier than ever before
  • Progress Tracker – Automatically track which classes are completed as you work
  • Interface Overhaul – Everything is now clearer, easier to navigate, bigger and more beautiful
  • Live Chat – Talk to other students to share ideas and advice
  • Degree Level Learning Materials – For the first time, in January 2018 all students now gain exclusive access to degree level learning materials, even if they are not taking part in a degree qualification
  • Longer Courses – Individual modules are now eleven weeks long instead of eight – get extra masterclasses and extra 1-2-1 tutorials for the same price

Watch the video above which explains our unique 1-2-1 Live Tutorials, part of our online courses

We know the fast-paced tempo of life means you want to make the most of your time and make the most of mobile technology in whatever you do. As usual, our focus is on feedback for our students, and the new VLE allows an even higher connectivity between your ideas and your instructors. The result of which is an online experience that emulates that received by London students as closely as possible, providing the same networking, collaboration and career advancement opportunities as you would get were you here in person.

You cannot gain this level of music education, expert instructors and music industry credibility anywhere else. That is a guarantee. Avoid the average, inconsistent noise that’s out there on youtube and follow a clear learning path. Find out more about our flagship BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering degree or check out our full list of online courses. If you have any enquiries, head to our contact page to get in touch with us and begin your journey into music.

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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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Listen to Point Blank on Pioneer DJ Radio: Guest Mix from Aldanya

When it comes to DJing, the best way to gain confidence and take your skills forward is to record your mixes, get to know your style, refine those mixes and get them out there! As per usual, Point Blank students are given a leg-up to do exactly that. Our longest running guest radio slot is with Pioneer DJ Radio, home to artists like Slam, Sante and Eats Everything. If you think your mixes belong alongside that illustrious company, don’t hesitate to send your mixes to oliver@pointblankmusicschool.com.

Aldanya is a techno DJ hailing from Switzerland. Her pan-European heritage has instilled her with a wide range of references, and her basis in classical piano means her musical foundation is rock-solid. Her sets are bedded in groove, driven by basslines and melodic flourishes, while a connection with the audience is key. For this mix, she flies through an hour of deep, moody techno, showing off a knack for dropping in vocal tracks at key moments for maximum impact.

Point Blank’s state-of-the-art DJ Studio in London. Supported by Pioneer DJ, it features all of the latest top-of-the-range kit – including CDJ2000nxs, DJM2000nxs and the DDJ-SX controller

Want your mixes heard by the world? Or are you a beginner wanting to learn? Our DJ courses can help you either way. Or if making tracks and live performance is your thing, have a look at our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, which includes comprehensive instruction in both. If you want to see the state-of-the-art facilities yourself, book a tour by contacting a course advisor or give us a call on +44 207 729 4884. And don’t forget to send your mixes to Ollie at Point Blank if you’re studying with us and want your DJ mix played on Point Blank’s slot on Pioneer DJ Radio.

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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Top Indian DJ/Producer Suketu Studies Online w/ Point Blank. Watch Week 3 of the Vlog Here

As co-founder of The Music Inc (TMI) and one of India’s top DJs, DJ Suketu is back to show what even those with his kind of experience can learn with Point Blank, continuing his weekly vlog series. Suketu is now three weeks into ourComplete Electronic Music Production online course. Watch below as he tells us how he found week 3. Come back next week for the next instalment.

Having covered drum programming and tentatively introduced basslines in weeks 1 and 2, in week 3 we turn our attention over to basslines, fleshing out our electronic ‘rhythm section’ fully. The week’s classes look at each of the five chose genres for examples, students learn some more building blocks using stabs, intervals and delay, and further depths are plunged when it comes to FX. As always, lessons use both Logic and Ableton, so students can choose their tools based on their own intuition and preference. Watch the video below to learn how to make an electro bassline using Logic’s native ESP plugin.

Suketu is also the co-founder of The Music Inc (TMI), an electronic music school based in Mumbai. Point Blank has worked closely with Suketu and TMI to create a unique educational pathway for their students looking to study with us in London. Indian students looking for academic accreditation in the UK can benefit from saving up to £3,000 on our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, in which we shape a bespoke range of modules for their programme. We have also developed two courses for TMI students looking to study with us in London based on a short-term visa, in the form of our Advanced Music Production & Sound Design Diploma and Advanced Music Production & Sound Design Certificate.

Register to Access Free Courses, Plugins, Projects, Samples & More

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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