This video is a introduction to the Tron Beatjazz Controller system by Onyx Ashanti.
Ashanti is on a ‘quest to create the most amazing live performance instrument EVER! A Revolution in the way of making music!’
He wants to leave boring laptop DJ performances behind:
I’ve been playing around with this whole “perform from the dance floor” thing for the last few shows, since doing it for the first time atARENA in Berlin a few weeks ago. The stage is increasingly becoming the place where i leave my gear when i play, rather than where i play.
The effect is much more visceral, which is useful, because the first thing people think is that I’m a dancer with lights on my hands. From the floor, up close, they can see that i am making the music.
I feel that the effect owes something to close up magic. Besides that, it just feels “natural”. Like you are where you are supposed to be but haven’t been able to be, for various technical reasons. I know that i can’t do it for every show, but whenever i can, that’s where i will be.
Ashanti’s work is interesting on many levels: for the way he makes use of technology; his ‘visceral’ approach to performance; and his exploration of this within a jazz context.
‘Beatjazz is what you get when you cross a sci-fi obsessed electronic jazz artist with a futurologist instrument inventor,’ notes Ashanti.
You can find out more about Ashanti & BeatJazz at his site.
Check the video out and let me know what you think of it!