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Watch PBMS Deconstruct’s Late-Avicii Hit, “SOS” For IMS

During this year’s International Music Summit in Malta, Point Blank Music School’s Head of Curriculum, Ski Oakenfull delivers a multi-layered song demonstration for the posthumous Avicii hit, “SOS”.

At Point Blank, one of the many things they specialize in is teaching budding artists how to produce, mix, master and release tracks just like this one. “SOS” is the latest tutorial from the accomplished institution. In the video, Ski lays down the foundations of the track by programming a number of different beat patterns and effects into Ableton Live 10 using his Ableton Push 2. He then pulls back the curtain on some of the music theory behind the track delving into the chords and melodies used throughout the song’s verse, pre-chorus and chorus. Ski figures out the song’s key signature by looking for the most dominant note in the track which is known as the “tonic” note or key center. Lastly, he lays down signature vocals for the track’s guest feature Aloe Blacc. 

Point Blank Music School is well-known for its guest appearances Calvin Harris, Griz and Jax Jones. A great place to learn and deconstruct music with available tutorials. Check out the complete course list here.

Rest in Paradise Avicii.

Watch the deconstruction below.