Archive for October, 2012

We´ve just started to do some audiovisual experiments in the art house. The very first session was the bomb and we had a great time with KALMA VJ and ONYX ASHANTI performing his Beatjazz. Episode 1 was a great meeting of friends and we do it every saturday till end of the year. hope to see you soon…

Beatjazz is what you get when you cross a sci-fi obsessed electronic jazz artist with a futurologist instrument inventor. the result of 20 years of conceptualization that has taken Onyx Ashanti on a conceptual journey from mississippi to California to London to NYC and finally to Berlin, where he now resides. Beatjazz is a completely live, improvised form of electronic music with no boundaries. Onyx creates all aspects of his self-created style, live, from scratch…nothing pre-recorded or pre-concieved. he plays each part, one part at a time and builds one-of-a-kind sonic-architecture. So, to aid in this concept, he also created a one-of-a-kind musical instrument to play it with. he calls it a beatjazz controller. with it, every motion, every breath is creating sound which he transforms into space-age funky grooves. 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 computer full of his own custom designed synths and effects, onyx can construct any style of music imaginable and quite a few that aren’t. The beatjazz controller, which Onyx designs and “prints” at home using a Reprap 3D Printer, is really 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 that relates sound types to colors so the audience has a better idea of 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. Onyx has now begun his new sonic journey in earnest and plans nothing less than to change the entire infrastructure of what the world calls music and to inject a much needed “live-ness” to electronic music culture by not only performing beatjazz, but also sharing his concept with the world as an open source project-controller plans, as well as musical concepts-, so that beatjazz may virally find its way into every aspect of modern music. Beatjazz is the natural progression and result of the atomization of music culture.

 

 

Martin Travers

Posted: October 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Martin Travers is an international muralist, street artist and professional visual artist. He is highly experienced in a wide range of disciplines including murals, fine art, scenic and specialist decorative painting. Martin travels the world painting murals and working on community arts projects, giving workshops on culturally diverse developmental arts. Martin’s goal is to work towards building positive creative alternatives for “at risk” youth and communities. He specializes in teaching and facilitating workshops on this subject. Martin is certified in “youth arts” through the National University of Ireland, Dublin. “Journeys through Struggles and Dreams” is the name of my first ever body of work painted as a series on canvases after more than 15 years of working as an artist in the community or commercial field, usually doing commercial art to pay for doing community art. Many years of painting for other people, this new series is a stab at me being completely independent. I can for the moment paint the things that have inspired, moved, motivated and sometimes sadden me. It’s a very personal account of the people I have met on my own life’s journey from growing up on a council estate to chatting with revolutionaries in Cuba, seeing peoples lives destroyed in Palestine to painting murals on the side of a river in Kathmandu. These are some of the people whose stories, whose struggles and whose dreams I have carried and have carried me on my journey.

You can see his work in the current URBAN ART CLASH exhibition in Neukölln, in the Atlas Gallery in Kreuzberg and very soon in the art house. We are also looking for some walls in Berlin (indoor and outdoor) where he can paint a mural. If you have any idea pls PM us or write to brokenhome@seznam.cz