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Compositional Tips w/ Spitfire Audio’s ‘Chamber Strings’ – Part 2

Welcome back to another series of compositional tips and tricks using instruments by Spitfire Audio, this time ‘Chamber Strings’. We’ve previously looked at the Orchestral Swarm instrument pack, notably used by Hanz Zimmer for the Blue Planet 2 score, as well as the Chamber Evolutions pack, created with famed Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds. Now, our resident compositional wizard Kevin Kerrigan turns his attention to ‘Chamber Strings’. The focus this time is more immediately concerned with teaching ways of composing with tools such as this, as opposed to a tour of a new instrument. Music composition forms an integral part of our music production courses, including our flagship BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering, quality assured by Middlesex University.

In the second part of the series, Kevin turns his attention to adding inversions to a chord sequence. To demonstrate this he invites us to observe a mystery score he’s been working on, built with a large reliance on minor chords. As he’s stressed before, playing these chords in their root forms sounds slightly stunted, so open voicings, adding different mics and adding inverted harmonies are all drawn upon to widen the scope of what’s made here.

As well as the aforementioned degree course in music production and sound engineering, we have also developed a new BA in Music Production and DJ Practice, again quality-assured by Middlesex University, which launches its first term next September. If you’d like to examine some shorter courses in London you can find the full list here. Or, if you’re not based in the UK, why not check out our production courses in Los Angeles or onlineGet in touch if you have any more questions.

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Drew Morisey x DJ Ravine: Three Essential Social Media Tips for Artists

In today’s world, social media is absolutely vital to the career of any artist in any discipline. With music it is especially so because, let’s face it, most young people want to be musicians, creating even more of a challenge to stand out. To do this you need to be making music that is fresh and interesting, but that alone isn’t enough – chances are when you’re starting out you don’t have a marketing team behind you, so you need to get yourself out there. Grab a few key tips to get yourself started below and for comprehensive tuition on navigating the music business, check out our Music Industry courses.

For our latest video, we had two people that know a thing or two about social media sit down and discuss tactics. Our own DJ Ravine has built his YouTube following to just under half a million subscribers and his guest, Drew Morisey, has developed his How To Rap Brand to reach over 150k. Between them, you can be sure that by following their advice will certainly give your social media clout a boost.

The main points of discussion in the video are consistency, keywords and engaging fans or followers. Consistency is key so that people begin to expect activity at certain times and your presence becomes a constant feature of their social media browsing. Keywords and trends are a great way of expanding your reach into new areas and gaining followers. Engaging fans is perhaps the most useful when you’re starting out, as it not only keeps you in the minds of your connections but it does wonders for how you pop up within social media websites’ algorithms.

As well as our music industry-specific courses, these lessons form a big part of many of our music courses. For instance, in our BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering degree, as well as our new BA (Hons) in Music Production and DJ Practice, you will find modules focused on building your brand and getting what you want from the industry. If the music industry aspect is your biggest passion we have also developed a BA (Hons) in Music Industry Management, launching next year. All of our degrees are quality-assured by Middlesex University. For more info get in touch.

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Compositional Tips w/ Spitfire Audio’s ‘Chamber Strings’ – Part 1

Welcome back to another series of compositional tips and tricks using instruments by Spitfire Audio, this time ‘Chamber Strings’. We’ve previously looked at the Orchestral Swarm instrument pack, notably used by Hanz Zimmer for the Blue Planet 2 score, as well as the Chamber Evolutions pack, created with famed Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds. Now, our resident compositional wizard Kevin Kerrigan turns his attention to ‘Chamber Strings’. The focus this time is more immediately concerned with teaching ways of composing with tools such as this, as opposed to a tour of a new instrument. Music composition forms an integral part of our music production courses, including our flagship BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering, quality assured by Middlesex University.

For part 1 of this new series, Kevin is interested in getting us started as quickly as possible and so runs through a number of ways he likes to get started on projects. This leads on to the main focus of the video, which are the ways you can choose articulations and vary the voicing of chords to enhance a project’s musicality. We love a lot of what Spitfire Audio have to offer and Chamber Strings is no different. Try following some of these suggestions made in the video and you should hopefully add another couple of strings to your bow (ahem) as composers. Don’t forget to check back for part 2 next week.

As well as the aforementioned degree course in music production and sound engineering, we have also developed a new BA in Music Production and DJ Practice, again quality-assured by Middlesex University, which launches its first term next September. If you’d like to examine some shorter courses in London you can find the full list here. Or, if you’re not based in the UK, why not check out our production courses in Los Angeles or online. Get in touch if you have any more questions.

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Point Blank at IMS Ibiza: Andrea Oliva DJ Masterclass

You may have noticed how much fun we had at the International Music Summit in Ibiza last month, what with our Point Blank x Pioneer DJ Accelerator Programme winner Ambian playing at the Hard Rock in support of Flashmob and Seth Troxler, and DJ Ravine reporting from some of the parties at the event. Well, even that wasn’t the entirety of what we were up to out on the island – we also hosted a DJ masterclass with Swiss superstar Andrea Oliva. Check out the video below and take a look at some of our DJ courses to see how you too could learn some wizardry on the decks.

 

Andrea Oliva is known worldwide today, with past gigs on the biggest stages as diverse as Coachella and Panorama Bar and a whole host of Elrow parties. Everyone starts somewhere, however, and we learn here that he started out with a pair of belt-driven decks and Numark’s extremely basic two-channel mixer (which, let’s face it, is the beginner’s mixer of champions). We also learn some of his first inspirations to take his mixing as far technically as he could, including Erick Morillo and Little Louis Vega, leading him to his affection for four-deck mixing as demonstrated here.

After the show incorporating the four decks, Oliva gets into some of the technical nitty-gritty of his set, beginning with his RMX-1000 from Pioneer DJ. The effects unit can add impact when needed, and spices up looped sections simply. Simplicity isn’t necessarily something Oliva goes for, however, as he favours a “chaotic” approach to playlisting and planning to help allow a more natural creative process. We learn as well the importance of the warm-up set and how experience and risk-taking are the cornerstones of a constantly improving DJ.

IMS Ibiza is a massive event in the dance music calendar, drawing people from all over the globe to the white isle. Delegates in attendance are entitled to a 10% discount on course at Point Blank Ibiza, which is now enrolling for classes this summer. The courses on offer teach the basics of both DJing and Production, suited to your level, and there is another option to focus on DJing and Radio Production. Back in London, our flagship DJ course is the BA (Hons) in Music Production and DJ Practice, quality-assured by Middlesex University. For more info don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Point Blank Mumbai at Palm Expo 2018 in Photos

At the beginning of the summer, from 31 May to 2 June, the team from Point Blank Mumbai headed to Palm Expo 2018, India’s premier sound, lighting and events showcase, to represent the school and show what we’re all about. We also sponsored the prestigious Palm DJ Championship, along with other huge brands like Pioneer DJ, Akai, Roland and Reloop. Check out the photos below to get a look at what went on and check out our list of courses at Point Blank Mumbai for more information on what we offer.

Representing Point Blank Mumbai and our partners The True School of Music

The DJ Championship is one of the biggest draws of the expo, with DJs from all over the region eager to show off their skills. 

Some of the prizes for the DJ Championship, including one of our own courses plus Pioneer’s Rekordbox, Ableton Live 10 and Native Instruments Komplete 11

Point Blank Mumbai was launched last year in association with The True School of Music. After the successful launch of our inaugural DJ/Entrepreneur course, we have tweaked what we offer to accommodate all ages and to suit whatever depth you wish to delve into the craft of DJing. Our flagship DJ course offers a complete, three-month experience that teaches DJing from the ground up, as well as how to market yourself and, ultimately, play at major clubs and festivals. It includes a free copy of Native Instruments Komplete 10 plus Pioneer DJ’s Rekordbox when you enrol, worth a total of 66,000 Rupees! The DJ Pro course for Juniors also runs for three months, doubling down on DJ skills so you can learn all the tricks you need to mix like a pro.

We also offer shorter courses for those who want to try DJing for the first time. Take classes at the weekend or in the evening over a month to get your teeth into it. Or if you just want a little taste, try a one-off Pro DJ Workshop or Explore DJ Workshop (both are also available to kids). For more information contact us at Point Blank or call +91 22 6624 3200.

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Point Blank Recommends #51 – Ploy, Blawan, Buttechno & Much More

Every month when it’s time for Point Blank Recommends, we get super excited to share with you the tracks that have been flying around the Point Blank office, emailed to one another and generally shouted about whenever the situation allows. Believe us when we say that (beyond very strong coffee) the primary power source of the paragon of productivity that is Point Blank is the music we listen to; which is fitting for a music school we think. This month it’s quite a heavy affair with Ploy returning to Batu’s ever-impressive Timdance imprint, mind-melting electro on Don’t Be Afraid, Blawan serving up his trademark concussive hammer blows and more besides. It’s not all boom and gloom, however – peep one of our favourites from DJ Koze’s new record for some heavy wooze, Pat Ca$h’ lab-made eulogy for a deep dream and Tenderlonius as he reminds us of his (and his 22a imprint’s) impact on London’s flourishing jazz scene. Fun for the whole family.

For more music, tutorials and class insights head to the Point Blank YouTube channel. We hope these sounds inspire you to take the next step in your music making, and whatever that means to you, we can provide the guidance you need at Point Blank. Our comprehensive BA (Hons) in Music Production & Sound Engineering is a great place to start looking, while we’ve also added two new degree courses ready for next semester: the BA (Hons) in Music Production and DJ Practice and the BA (Hons) in Music Industry Management. If you’re looking for something shorter, have a look at our radio and DJ. If you’d like to know more, you can find all the ways to contact us here.

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DJ Ravine Reports from IMS Ibiza 2018

Point Blank’s connection with IMS Ibiza runs deep: you may have caught our recent video following the 2018 Accelerator winner and Point Blank student Ambian on his trip to play at IMS in support of Seth Troxler and Flashmob, and you may or may not know that PB students get discounted tickets to the event every year. You probably don’t know what our man DJ Ravine got up to when he accompanied Ambian on his trip this year – but you can find out the video below. We love the white isle so much that last year we opened Point Blank Ibiza, where you can take a two-week intensive course in DJing and production by day and head out into the island’s world-famous nightlife by night – the best way to fully immerse yourself in the culture. The next courses begin in less than a week, so hurry if you would like to snap up the last remaining places.

The International Music Summit in Ibiza is one of the biggest events in the global dance music calendar. Set in the spiritual epicentre of clubland, leading figures and inspirational artists fly in from all over the world to give lectures and host panels on the most important things happening in the industry. It’s a fantastic way to keep up with the latest developments and make sure that, whatever your involvement in music, you stay at the cutting edge of what’s going on. There are loads of masterclasses and workshops too and this year that included our own DJing masterclass with Andrea Oliva.

Of course, a trip to Ibiza wouldn’t be complete with a little partying, and in his video dispatch from IMS, DJ Ravine takes us along to the centrepiece of the event – the Dalt Vila party, this year featuring the likes of Dixon and Maceo Plex. He also shows us around the amazing classrooms and gorgeous surroundings of Point Blank Ibiza.

If you’d like to study with us out there, you have three options, each expertly tailored to fit in with whatever your interests might be. The original DJ/Producer course is perfect if you would like to split your time between making tracks and playing them, giving you a boost to get started in the world of electronic music. Given we’re back for our second year, we also offer an Advanced DJ/Producer course for those with a bit more experience or who perhaps did the original course last year. Expect to fine-tune your skills here and really begin to get creative. Finally, we have the DJ/Radio course, on which you will learn the ins and outs of radio production and presenting as well as how to spin tracks – perfect if what you really want to do is rule the airwaves. Get in touch if you have any questions.

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Introducing the Winners of 2018s Defected Mix Competition

The ballots have been cast, the votes in, and we can now reveal the winners of this year’s Point Blank x Defected Mix Competition. We had more entries than ever before this year and more than we even hoped for so firstly we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to apply and send us your mixes. With almost 600 entrants, it required almost a month of man hours to listen to all of the mixes, and we enjoyed hearing them all. After whittling the list down to a final shortlist of 10, it was over to the famed A&R department at Defected to decide which three mixes would take the podium and which overall winner would win a slot to play at this year’s Defected Croatia festival alongside the likes of Basement Jaxx, Derek Carter, Honey Dijon and Masters at Work.

Without further ado – here are the winners:

  1. Vin Postega
  2. Lambert & Handle
  3. DJ TQ

When we contacted the winners to let them know how they had got on, we asked them to tell us a bit about their mixes and what it means to win. Read on to find out, and to listen to each mix in full.

Vin Postega

With a love of all things groovy, Vin Postega moves through house, disco, soul and jazz in his sets, with a few curveballs thrown in for good measure. His winning mix managed to nicely represent modern house music while retaining a classic feel, and of course just sound fun – one you could instantly imagine against the stunning backdrop of the Adriatic.

On winning, Vin had this to say: “Winning the Defected Competition and playing among all of my heroes is absolute a dream come true!”

Keep up with Vin on SoundCloud.

Lambert & Handle

Having met in Poland after many years of DJing and working in music individually (Handle worked at Ultra Records in New York and Lambert was first released as far back as 2000 on Sony Records), these two veterans joined forces in 2016 under their shared love of disco and of course house. On their Defected mix they said the following.

“We have been fans of Defected since its early years. It is our big dream to get signed by Simon’s label one day. Our goal was to deliver at least 18 quality house tracks in the set, carefully building the track order not forgetting about harmony, cool more obscure tracks to mix together. The set opens with our own edit specially revised for the set, it grows along the whole time, from the groovy, summer vibes to tech themes. It reflects some of the gigs we’ve played in Poland recently. We really enjoyed working on it.”

Lambert & Handle are on SoundCloud.

DJ TQ

Hailing from NYC and infusing his Caribbean roots, hip-hop influence, and soulful style into his sets, along with the spirit and energy of his home city, T.Q. has spent most of his career putting his own spin on drum and bass. With hundreds of gigs under his belts a more innate connection with the dancefloor has been cultivated, and in recent years T.Q. has turned his attention to the world of house music, and on the basis of this mix, we won’t be surprised if he takes that game by storm too. Here’s what he thought of the competition and his entry:

“They say the 3rd time’s the charm, well for me it was four because that is how many times I recorded my entry for the 2018 Defected x Point Blank Mix Competition. I’ve spent over 200 USD simply on gathering tracks. Being that I’m in commute for most of my day (via subway, LIRR, or car), I have time to listen to so much music. I pay attention to what Sam Divine (and her occasional guest DJ) plays – I wanted to be sure that I didn’t include any of those tracks in my mix and bring as much originality and emotion to your headphones as possible. This was the most challenging and rewarding part of the entire competition.”

Follow DJ T.Q. here.

Vinculum

Honourable mention goes to vinculum, who’s genre-bending set was a favourite among the listeners here at PB.

Feeling inspired? We teach DJing at all levels here at Point Blank, and this is just one of many opportunities open to our students. We’ve recently added our first degree course in DJing, quality assured by Middlesex University, launching next academic year. That is the BA (Hons) in Music Production and DJ Practice For more information or to book a studio tour, contact us on +44 20 7729 4884.

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Student Opportunities: fiit.tv & Factory 45

Point Blank always keeps current students and graduates 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! NB: these opportunities are for Point Blank students and graduates only. Want loads more opportunities like this? Find out all about our courses right here.

fiit.tv

fiit.tv is a new independent fitness platform aiming to revolutionise the way we exercise at home, with bespoke programmes based on Smart Technology and data science. They are looking for 1 or 2 interns/contractors to come on board and assist with curating music. The music will be selected from a royalty-free catalogue. The mixes have a specific structure to suit each workout from warm up to main exercise to cool down. There’s specific timings to meet and areas of tension to build so editing of tracks will be required, white noise used and they would like input in any areas the candidate thinks the mixes can be improved. Renumeration will be per mix and there is potential for the role to be ongoing as the company expands.

Essential requirements:

  • Familiar with Ableton
  • Able to create mixes on Ableton and warp, edit, bounce finished mixes
  • Commit to 2-4 mixes a month
  • Be able to visit the office
  • Be able to meet deadlines
  • Organised
  • Become part of the team in an exciting tech start-up

Preferred requirements

  • Interest in Hip Hop or DnB
  • Interest in Fitness/Wellbeing

If you’re interested, please get in touch with oliver@pointblankmusicschool.com with a CV and a short paragraph on why you should be selected.

Factory 45

London club and art space Factory 45 is organising an Open Deck night on Thursdays, open to beginners and professional DJs alike. You can practise your mixing skills and even organise your own party for free with your own identity. To inquire about booking a space, please contact louise@thefactory45.com, making it known you are a student at Point Blank. A fantastic opportunity to get you and your vision out there.

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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