Onyx sounds like the offspring of Roger Troutman, Timbaland, and John Coltrane. Having cut his teeth playing the southern California rave scene in the late 90′s, he spent the first half of the the 2k’s playing and recording with the likes of Soul II Soul, Basement Jaxx and Marshall Jefferson. The last 3 years has seen him take on the challenge of creating a new form of music for a new age. A form un-encumbered by genre. Armed with a new type of sound design concept of his own creation-Gestural Trajectory Synthesis- Onyx can construct any style of music imaginable and quite a few that aren’t.
The beatjazz control interface is a three-way wireless sensor network that converts his finger, hand, and breath movements, into musical control data, which allows him to play synthesizers with dance-like movements and saxophone-like fingerings. In addition, Onyx created a light based “element narration” subsystem combined with a large screen projection that relates sound types and gestural data to colors and visual imagery so the audience knows which part of the arrangement that Onyx is playing at any given time. The system was designed specifically for Beatjazz and the combination of the two together create a never before realized marriage of sound, light and motion.
What you can expect from Onyx’s Talk:
“equations relative to each other are beginning to synergize. aesthetic based on function is proving to be a decent guiding principle for not just design, but sonic interval interpretation, formerly called music. the rabbit hole has heiroglyphs on the walls of its interior. the myth construct has become self-aware…”
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