Oberlin College and Conservatory

TIMARA (T)echs Machina Music Festival: Onyx Ashanti Talk: sonocybernetics: a new model of language for the singularity age

Friday, March 15, 2019 at 11:00am to 1:00pm

Birenbaum Innovation and Performance Space
10 E. College St., Oberlin, Ohio 44074

Onyx Ashanti discusses and demonstrates a new model of language for the singularity age. He performs sonocybin field projection on the Friday, March 15 evening concert.

the sonocybin field is a hyperspace projection designed by onyx to recalibrate is mind toward greater complexity perception and orientation. it includes sonocybernetic representations of his hands, with 1024 unique finger combinations per hand, his feet, his voice and his brain represented in 126 dimensions.

Onyx Ashanti is designing a process for reprogramming himself utilizing his own musical comprehension and sound design, he calls Sonocybernetics. He believes that musical comprehension of information, grafted into "sonomorphic" structures built within PureData, a Digital signal processing language, will result in thought forms that are more capable of representing higher order thought resonances; a new kind of imagination where thoughts are transduced into data-music, called Metabit and capable of projecting information that is simultaneously understandable as human musical structure and computer data.
Onyx was born in MS and spent his formative years there before going to university at Grambling State University to study for a degree in musical performance (saxophone) briefly, then moving to Atlanta, GA in the early 90's and becoming a street busker at Underground Atlanta. this choice of profession allowed Onyx to experiment with various forms of electronic instrumentation, such as the wind midi contrller, a sort of digital saxophone, samplers and various synthesizers. a few years later, the evolution to VST synths and effects on the laptop, allowed for many vectors of sonic novelty to be explored. this sonic novelty he called beatjazz and during this era, he lived in san francisco, LA, London-where he toured with Soul II Soul and recorded with Basement Jaxx amongst many others of the early 2k's--and Berlin. it was in berlin that he built his first "beatjazz" controller and was instantly thrust into the TED spotlight when they invited him to show his invention to the TED audience in NYC and on their TED.com site. 
Since then, the beatjazz controller has perpetually evolved until it became something not imagined initially; a sonocybernetic perceptual interface for designing novel, iterable sonic thought forms that recast reality projection as binary harmonic structure. the new interface is a bodyware system called sonocyb1 exomesh. he believe the true link between us and our technological expressions should be musical if we are to comprehend the compounded complexity of this age in a way that engenders awe, wonder and curiosity, rather than anxiety at the tsunami of novelty that seems to be cresting over the collective human experiment.

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