MATRIXSYNTH: 3d printed beatjazz controller debut

Saturday, March 17, 2012

3d printed beatjazz controller debut


YouTube Uploaded by onyxashanti on Feb 23, 2012

"after a hectic rush to make new circuit boards on the day of this gig (finishing 15 minutes before the start of the event), I was able to debut the latest iteration of the beatjazz controller, in 3d printed form."

via Rob Senso on Facebook

BeatBOX controller config Demonstration

Uploaded by onyxashanti on Nov 11, 2011

"i use my non-existent beatboxing skills to take the alpha beatbox controller software through its paces."


My name is Onyx Ashanti. I am an artist/invetor living in Berlin. I have spent the last few years working on a new way to combine improvisation, dance and sound design and i call it Beatjazz. I did my first crowdfunding campaign back in january to, as we put it, "Create the most amazing live music performance system, ever!". And with that campaign, the beatjazz controller was born and it has gone caused a bit of a buzz by way of a fortuitous TED talk presentation and an upcoming feature in MAKE magazine to present it to the world as an open source project.

The project excited the imaginations of thousands of people who shared this vision of "A" future of electronic music. and along the way much was learned! for instance, I only discovered after the controller was built, that the system was so ammenable to performance from the dance floor, within the crowd! further, i have discovered that when a performer has the narrative capacity of their body to make use of, it changes the conveyed message instantly and profoundly.

So, armed with this newfound knowledge from having played the prototype controller for the past 5 months, I feel it is time to build the system properly and fully.

I present the Beatjazz performance system.

A complete live performance architecture designed to enable completely immersive live electronic performance. it represents the intersection of hardware, software and concept."

1 comment:

  1. Amazing!!

    Already looking forward to see many more artists use the beatjazz controller in a live performance.

    Best of luck! ;-) I'm retweeting this!


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