Onyx Ashanti

This is beatjazz

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Text: BeatJazz. BeatJazz is: 1. Live looping, 2. Jazz improvisation And 3. "Gestural" sound design. Accelerometers on each hand read hand position. The color of the lights indicates which sound I am playing.


Red = Drums, Blue = Bass, Green = Chords, Orange = Leads, Purple = Pads


The mouthpiece consists of ... a button, two guitar picks and lots of hot glue. The heads-up display is a smartphone that displays system parameters.


Why? To atomize music culture so that ALL past, present and future genres can be studied and abstracted, live. And "BeatJazzers" become as common as D.J.'s. But mostly ... to MAKE the future rather than wait for it.



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.

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Onyx Ashanti · Beatjazz inventor and controllerist

Onyx Ashanti is the inventor of "beatjazz" — a new way to make music.

Onyx Ashanti is the inventor of "beatjazz" — a new way to make music.