Thursday, June 25, 2009


I'm a sucker for gadgets, sparkly lights and electronica. Media artist Toshio Iwai and Yamaha had the likes of me in mind when they collaborated to design a new digital musical instrument for the 21st century, TENORI-ON. However due to a lack of finances my ownership of one will have to wait a little longer. This little device caught my attention when Little Boots appeared on Jools Holland's show performing 'Meddle'.

What is a TENORI-ON?

"It's a 16 x 16 LED button matrix which is simultaneously a performance input controller and display. By operating and interacting with the LED buttons and the light they produce, you gain access to the TENORI-ON's numerous performance capabilities.The TENORI-ON provides six different performance and sound/light modes for broad performance versatility, and these modes can be combined and used simultaneously for rich, complex musical expression."

Price: £919 / $999USD (Note: the current exchange rate is £919= $1504. Hmmmmmm. Rip off.)

This is the next best thing:
A simple sinewave synthesizer triggered by an ordinary 16 step sequencer that is currently on the lab.andre-michelle website. Whilst it doesn't have as many options, it is a lot of fun to play around and easy to create a tune with no prior experience!
Price: Free :)



The Bubble Boy said...

I had so much fun with that program! It was cool to hear the sound of a smiley face.

Green Of Eye, Sharp Of Claw said...

@The Bubble Boy:

Yep,hours of entertainment! (needless to say i'm easily amused).I'd love to see a larger scale version of this-full screen could be very cool.

Lottie said...

I really want a go of one of these. Bill Bailey had one on stage last week which he worked into the act. Looks like fun.

Green Of Eye, Sharp Of Claw said...

Arrrrgh Bill Bailey.SO.FRICKIN'.JEALOUS.
They look deadly but unless a fairy cash mother appears it'll have to go on the long list of instruments i want :)

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