Olympic rings on Tower Bridge
After years of waiting, this Friday will finally mark the start of the Olympics and see London thrown into the international spotlight for a summer full of sports and arts. To mark this momentous occasion and to reinforce the games ‘inspire a generation’ slogan, the city will play host to a whole myriad of events and opportunities for music lovers alongside the sport. So to get into the spirit of things we thought we’d bring you our top 5 music events and projects, some of which are just round the corner from Point Blank HQ!
1) BT London Live (Victoria Park) – 27th July – 12th August 2012
Victoria Park stage
BT London Live will be a series of events which are due to take place across Hyde Park, Trafalgar Square and Victoria Park. Showing the best of the Olympic games on three huge screens, Victoria Park will also be offering 17 days of live music with acts such as Soul II Soul, DJ Norman Jay and Alexandra Burke who are all set to take the stage over the next few weeks. So whether you’re about to start one of our summer school courses or just have a few moments to kill before your studio time, we strongly recommend you head down to Victoria Park for some free music and click here for full details on BT London Live.
2) Dean Rodney Singers (Southbank Centre) – 31st August – 9th September
The 22 year old artist and rapper will be delivering this cutting edge audio-visual display. Accompanied by a global band made up of over 70 members, Dean Rodney Singers will be performing 23 songs at the Southbank Centre from August 31st. Here is a little snippet of what you can expect…
Click here to check out other samples on his Soundcloud page.
3) Mark Ronson: Move to the Beat - Coca Cola Olympic Song
Mark Ronson with Point Blank CEO Rob Cowan
The Grammy award winning producer and Point Blank buddy Mark Ronson joined forces with Coca-Cola and vocalist Katy B for their Move to the Beat campaign which aimed to fuse Olympic sport with London-based music. The result was phenomenal and saw Mark Ronson travel the world to record five sounds from Olympic sports which would then be incorporated in the final track. Check out the song below…
Move to the beat also inspired the Coca-Cola Olympic Games Pavilion. Known as the ‘Coca-Cola Beatbox’ it works by embedding the sports sounds used in the track and allows visitors to create their own beats for the Olympic games by ‘playing’ the Pavilion like an instrument and definitely brings a new meaning to beatmaking! Are you a budding music producer? Why not check out our online pro producer courses.
4) Chemical Brothers - Velodrome
As friends and advocates of Point Blank, we were pleased to hear that the Chemical Brothers had been chosen to compose a song for the track cycling events at the upcoming games. ‘Velodrome’ will be one of the five official Olympic songs and will be out on digital release on July 30th. Click here to listen. As an avid cyclist, Tom Rowlands wanted the track to evoke the “sense of speed, pace and drama” and was inspired by Kraftwerk’s 1983 tack for the Tour de France. Loving ‘Velodrome’? Tweet us your thoughts @Point_Blank.
5) Underworld – Music Directors for Opening Ceremony
Last year the British electronic duo were named musical directors for the opening ceremony. Working alongside film director Danny Boyle, Underworld will oversee the music during the three hour opening ceremony. As some of the early pioneers of British Electronic music, Underworld are famed for their ground-breaking performances and live setup. Here they are talking to Native Instruments about how they use Maschine in their live set…
With all this happening over the next few weeks and the Olympic Media Centre just moments away from Point Blank in Hackney, London is certainly the place to be if your serious about making it in the music industry. Whether your a wannabe producer, DJ or anything in between check out our courses at Point Blank London. Can’t make it to the big city? No worries! Point Blank Online has plenty to offer as well.