We picked up this on the wires a couple of days ago and have been massaging our Yamaha contacts to get more information on it. But so far, thereâ€™s nothing doing â€“ weâ€™ve only been told that itâ€™s â€œat the conceptual stageâ€�. However, if you attend the Siggraph show in LA you will see it on display â€“ if you do, please drop us a line.
Itâ€™s great news that thereâ€™s still a desire to push technology forward in terms of interface and instrument design, weâ€™re jolly excited.
Tenori for two please
According to the website the TENORI-ON, as it is currently called, is a collaboration between Japanese media artist Toshio Iwai and Yamaha. The unit is a 16x16 LED switch bank designed to create a visible music interface. Each switch functions as an individual display that emits light, intuitively emulating the related sound. When you push a switch for a short time, a ripples of light spreads out from the switch. If a switch is held down slightly longer, a dot of light remains on the panel (indicating that the sound will be looped). â€œPeople seem to quickly understand the relationship between the sounds and switches such that even non musicians can enjoy improvising and even composing almost immediatelyâ€�
There is no availability, pricing or any other kind of info available right now, but weâ€™re obviously keen to hear and know more and will bring this to you as and it becomes available. In the mean-time: