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Onyx Ashanti’s Tron Beatjazz Controllers

How did I not find this artist years ago? Some of my music enthusiasts or interaction design friends might enjoy this. It’s really exciting to see this fellow hone a new craft of music making!

Onyx Ashanti is an innovator of a music genre he calls Beatjazz, which mixes jazz improvisation with sound design and live looping. He performs with two wireless controllers in each hand, as well as a mouthpiece, all of which communicate with radios connected to his computer. The hand-controllers are based on saxophone fingering and include pressure sensitive keys, joysticks, and accelerometers to affect different parameters and effects. The light color indicates which sound is being played.

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