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Monthly Round-Up November 2017: Look Mum No Computer, Arabian Prince & More

Hello again and welcome to a special festive edition of our monthly round-up of content. Well, there’s nothing festive about the content per se, but the date on your calendars and the jingle-saturated airways should take care of that for us. In the past month, we’ve brought you deconstructions, demonstrations, directions and recommendations. As always, our content is designed to help students and curious readers alike to gain insight and expertise in all facets of the music industry. To take this to the next level, head to our pages for schools in London, LA, Ibiza, Mumbai and Online. Read on for our picks of the bunch.

An Introduction to DIY Modular Synthesis with Look Mum No Computer

For originality, information and style, it’s pretty clear that Look Mum No Computer’s video on modular synthesis takes some beating. Such is his enthusiasm for what he does and for encouraging others to have a go themselves, that you can’t help but be inspired by the hyperactive musings of Sam Battle. Watch the video to learn how to go about building your own modular set-up, and for a demonstration of what you might want to do with it.

Point Blank LA Instructor Profile: Arabian Prince


Get to know one of our latest additions to the team of instructors at Point Blank Los Angeles and find out why there’s no better school in America to learn about music business with. Arabian Prince was a founding member of NWA who went on to carve a path through music that adheres to nobody’s rules. Follow the link to read all about him, and watch him chatting with RBMA about his exploits since the late 80s in music and technology.

Seven Ways to Make Your Effects Amazing


Point Blank guest writer Ronan MacDonald shares seven invaluable tricks to make the most out of the use of FX in your tracks. Having written for Music Radar and others for many years, our writer knows his business, and anyone wishing to add some class to their tracks should take heed.

808 State – ‘Pacific 707’ Deconstruction at Sarm Music Village

One of the now legendary series of deconstructions put together by our lead course developer, Ski Oakenfull. Even among a sizable and ever-impressive canon of videos this one stands out, partly for the info on the classic ‘loon bird’ sample, and partly for the input of Grahame Massey himself.

PB Recommends #46

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

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PB Recommends #45: Finn, Giant Swan And 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#45 has got you covered. As always, this one covers a broad spectrum of music, so open your mind, your ears and a fresh tab on your browser and get refreshing those listening habits with our handy Soundcloud playlist.

As the nights begin to close in, leaves fade to brown and inevitably cover the ground in a wet, brown mulch, its tempting to let your musical tastes fixate on darker hues. Saying that, sometimes you just need to surround yourself in sonic sunshine and drag your mind back to the summer. For the 45th edition of PB Reccommends, we’ve got both tendancies covered. Releases from Jasss, Sun Yufka and Giant Swan (on the outstanding Timedance imprint) pander to the darkness, while Nilüfer Yanya, Miles From Kinshasa and Finn exist on the sunny side (the latter has the office divided but we’ll let you make up your own mind).

For more music including the recent live set and masterclass we were blessed with from Octave One, head to the Point Blank Music YouTube channel, where you can also check out what’s going down on our label. As always we hope this inspires you to want to make your own music. If that’s the case why not take a look at our Online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. Or if playlisting is your thing, why not have a look at our Radio Courses? As it happens we’re currently offering £1000 off our Radio Broadcasting Diploma until 31st October!

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Point Blank Recommends #43: Helena Hauff, Cru Servers & 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#43 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.
As we come to the end of August, the team at Point Blank have curated yet another Point Blank Recommends playlist to cater for all your listening requirements for September. With new material from artists such as Helena Hauff, Steffi, and KÁRYYN, as well as new releases from the L.I.E.S, Ransom Note, and Prime Numbers imprints, this playlist is packed full of essential bangers to keep you going until October. 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 20% discount plus a free copy of Ableton/Logic Pro X with our online courses until August 31st. Spaces are limited so don’t delay!

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