[PD] Pd performance at TED

J bz jbeezez at gmail.com
Tue Jun 21 14:55:19 CEST 2011

Tee hee

Welcome to the list Onyx, and well done for cracking open yet another
super-juicy can'o'worms for the list to chew on.



On 21 June 2011 13:10, Onyx Ashanti <onyxashanti at gmail.com> wrote:

> I figured that I would chime in at this point.
> Every single note you hear, is being played, as in one at a time, as a horn
> player does, into a looper which I use to layer everything very quickly into
> an arrangement then deconstruct and reconstruct on a musically relevant
> trajectory. There was nothing pre recorded or preconceived. Simply a
> controller, a database of synthesizers and a looper with effects. I am
> playing every single solitary note. If that sounds like it is hard to do,
> you're right.
> As for not seeing how pd is used in this project,  The controller is merely
> 3 arduinos, running hans wonderful firmata/pduino software, connected
> wirelessly to puredata where I created the wind controller software and
> gestural systems. Without pd there is no system.  It's all documented from
> day one on my blog. No parodies involved.
> I would like an elaboration on how the system is "clunky" if you don't
> mind. First off, I feel that it is pretty streamlined for a first prototype
> made of cardboard that is only 3 months old. Two wireless hand units and a
> mouth unit. If you have suggestions as to how I might improve it at this
> stage, before my next stage or dev, I would love to hear it. @marco, how
> would you make this concept more "beautiful" or "efficient"? I am always a
> willing student in these regards. Do you have any examples of said
> efficiency? Being an instructor, I would have expected that you would have
> seen the blog link on the Ted profile and researched your position before
> simply asserting that my concept has no value.
> @Tyler. You are correct in that I don't care about making it rain granular
> algorithms (yet), I want to be able to express myself for fully using tools
> available to me. Hans and others were nice enough to help me with advice and
> code and it just happened that some people (Ted) other than my immediate
> fans found it interesting. Even now, I still busk, but this opportunity
> makes it a bit easier to realize some of these larger goals.
> The phone is used as a headup display for making sure all my sensors are
> doing what they are supposed to do.
> @richie. I have been a pro in electronic music for 15 years. Google it.
> One thing that I and other alternative controller artists are realizing is
> that we must be in the audience. Otherwise people can not see that you are
> actually playing. That is why when I play clubs I play from the dance floor
> and currently monitor with the club sound system which is hard but allows a
> flow of ideas that doesn't come from separating ones self from the audience.
> And from there people can see your fingers and gestures carve the sound.
> This form of performance blends my desire to connect with my space my music
> and my movements as intimately but, it should be noted as well, this is a 3
> month old prototype so that people are discussing it and I have even moved
> from beta stage yet, is encouraging.
> If you would like to hear what is possible with this concept, go to
> www.onyxashanti.bandcamp.com/album/onyx-Ashanti-full-promotional-package-download-2 Or
> feel free to ask me.
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