21.Nov.2016 – Lecture by Onyx Ashanti on SonoCybernetics

By | November 15, 2016

WHEN: Monday, November 21st, 11:00AM ////  WHERE: NYU Music Dept. Rm 220 (24/32 Waverly Place, NY 10003) /// This event is free and open to the public.

Onyx Ashanti’s lecture is partially supported by New Blankets.


Sonocybernetics is an evolving form of neuromodulation transduced using complex sound patterns/music created by a body worn, 3d printed prosthetic system called Sonocyb1. the purpose of this system is to evolve it, while also integrating with it, thereby evolving oneself using the most potent neuromodulatory modality known-sound. specifically, binaural sound, which, as mentioned, is self iterated. the music is personal and evolves as the patternist creating it evolves, while the programming and design are also evolveable using puredata, arduino and open source reprap 3d printers. sonocybernetics is a personal guided mutation engine, that uses sound/music as the transduction layer.


Oynx Ashanti is an artist, musician, designer, & thinker working within the realm of performance, digital fabrication, open source philosophy, & music theory. With background experience as a street musician, Ashanti designs and develops his own software, electronics, 3d printed hardware to create an entirely custom & open source wearable cybernetic performance system. He calls his original blend of jazz, electronics, & cybernetics “BeatJazz” and has lectured and performed in Europe, the US, and Asia on both the TED & TEDx stages as well as at Moogfest, Berkely’s CNMAT (Center for New Music & Technology), and for MAKE Magazine. In 2013, Ashanti ran a successful crowdfunding campaign to fund and supply his unique musical controllers as freely downloadable & 3d printable designs. Currently, he is exploring new realms in music theory as applied to systems design, mysticism, & open source which he entitles “sonocybernetics” with “music as a language.”