Musician and inventor Onyx Ashanti demonstrates "beatjazz" -- his music created with two handheld controllers, an iPhone and a mouthpiece, and played with the entire body. At TED's Full Spectrum Auditions, after locking in his beats and loops, he plays a 3-minute song that shares his vision for the future of music.
Onyx Ashanti - Beatjazz inventor and controllerist Onyx Ashanti is the inventor of "beatjazz" -- a new way to make music. Full bio
Onyx Ashanti - Beatjazz inventor and controllerist Onyx Ashanti is the inventor of "beatjazz" -- a new way to make music.
Why you should listen
Onyx Ashanti is a musician, geek, open-source advocate, Maker, collaborator ... and we come back around again to musician. The intrumentation he has created fuses technique and technology into a full-body musical system, playable with hands, arms, mouth and body. As he says:
I am what can only be described as a cyborg musician. in other words, the music i create live, can not be replicated without technology. My music is called "Beatjazz." It is a mix of sound design, live looping and jazz improvisation. My instrument of choice over the years has been a Yamaha Wind MIDI controller, but now the limitations have started to stunt the growth of this new form, so i designed an instrument that can take it into future.
He is now working on the next iteration of his instrument, codenamed Tron, and built around a helmet-mounted controller.