[PD] Pd performance at TED

Marco Donnarumma devel at thesaddj.com
Sun Jun 19 22:36:47 CEST 2011

glad the provocation went through.

Does it ?
> yes, in my honest and humble 2 cents. That's why I asked for opinions.
There are gestural frameworks out there which are far better implemented
(talking about the look since Mathieu answered).
Thus, I was just wondering that I would have appreciated TED to show some of
them instead of this with cables everywhere and boxes hanging around.

> Do you care to explain yourself ?

did it above.

> What's a « technological parody » ?

I mean when "hi-profile" tech is used to implement an approach or a concept
that doesn't really require such amount of technology.

> And what's that thing you call a « dj » ? You use it in your own name
> thesaddj. What's your relationship with that word ?

auhauha, mathieu you're a careful observer.
thesaddj is a name which i bring around since i'm a teenager... now is only
the name of my blog, no excuse for that :)

A dj?
there are many nuances, but I mentioned that as the text in Onyx's video
read: "so that beatjazzers become as common as djs."
Do you really need cables everywhere, sensors, a mouthpiece with two guitar
pickups, a smartphone stick to your forearm, etc.. to achieve such goal?

Wait a moment. I'm not saying his work is bad or anything.
I made safe my respect for his work at the beginning.

I'm just saying, guys it's TED and when I heard gestural and sensor control
I expected another kind of work, underpinned by another kind of aesthetic,
approach, and motivation.
But, I probably overestimated which is the value and motivation of new
technologies which need to be shown to the mainstream public.

"...he clearly has musical skill with his instrument, and is able to keep
the musical timing tight.  These are all difficult things to do, and from
what I've seen 95% of performance with new interfaces for musical expression
does not achieve one of those goals solidly."


that was in 2008 by Eboman, using not only real time audio looping, but also
video looping and processing, plus remix of a website online.

Hans, Onyx is playing mostly loops isn't he? How you know about the timing?
We don't even know how much of what he's doing is really live, what is he
triggering, if timing is controlled by a timeline or by his performance.
Please, correct me if I'm wrong.
But I saw a lot of loops playing on a timeline and some solos parts possibly
produced through the mouthpiece.

I'm not talking about the quality of the performance which is obviously
good, reliable and enjoyable.
I'm pointing at the real value of the innovation since it's a TED episode.


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Marco Donnarumma
Independent New Media and Sonic Arts Professional, Performer, Instructor
ACE, Sound Design MSc by Research (ongoing)
The University of Edinburgh, UK
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