Tenori Story Continues This September

Yamaha’s futuristic new Tenori-On instrument is coming      03/08/07

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Tenori Story Continues This September

If you’ve been watching out for news of the Tenori-On, since it was first spotted as a prototype, some time back, you may have enjoyed our first-look at Sounds Expo in London earlier this year (see video above), where we finally got to see and hear the matrix based performance instrument. Since then we’ve kept in touch with Yamaha who’ve just told us that it will be launched at an exclusive special event in London on September 4th at Phonica Records one of Londons premier independent record shops. The event will not only feature TENORI-ON performances from some of the finest talent in electronic music but also an introduction and discussion with the TENORI-ON’s inventor. What is it? The TENORI-ON is a unique 16 x 16 LED button matrix performance controller with a stunning visual display. For DJs & producers it is a unique performance tool enabling them create spectacular live & DJ audio-visual performances. Conceived by leading Japanese media artist Toshio Iwai in 2001 and following five years of intensive development. The TENORI-ON has been showcased ad refined at major music events and media art festivals; Sonar (Spain), Futuresonic (U.K), Ars Electronica (Austria), SIGGRAPH (U.S), Art Futura (Spain) and more, as well as being road tested by cutting edge electronic music artists: Kraftwerk, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Matthew Herbert, Mouse On Mars, Cornelius, To Rococo Rot, Jim O’ Rourke, Rei Harakami, Tortoise and Atom Heart. The TENORI-ON is one of the most innovative and exciting new instruments to be released by Yamaha for many years. The launch event will see inventor Toshio Iwai talk and answer questions on the TENORI-ON plus live performances from a selection of artists lucky enough to be asked to road test this exciting new instrument. Flying in from Berlin To Rococo Rot’s Robert Lippok will perform an exclusive UK set alongside cutting edge disco edit maestro Secondo (Dreck Records) and the man dubbed ‘the savior of acid house’ Capracara (Soul Jazz Records) Full Event Details:
Venue: Vinyl Factory below Phonica Records, 51 Poland Street, London, W1F, 7RJ (please use main shop entrance).
Time: 18.00 – 23.00
Free Entry – Please arrive early to avoid disappointment!


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boopiedoopboop    Said...

On top of the guy showing it being sort of a 'bag, the thing is just largely a ripoff of the monome 40h! (www.monome.org) Oh course this thing has its own built in sounds which totally suck, so I guess that somehow justifies it being double the price of the monome.... wankers.

03-Aug-07 11:48 AM

someone with a brain    Said...

the only thing this has in common with the monome is buttons that light up.. pretty flimsy evidence for a "ripoff"

03-Aug-07 08:19 PM

Nick B    Said...

I'm not sure it's largely a ripoff - I know that Monome is a small company, but we met the guy whos been working on this for the last 5 years, not long ago (interview coming soon) and I dont think that it was a cynical corporate ripoff - as you seem to suggest.

04-Aug-07 03:55 PM

Monokit    Said...

The Monome is a very much different concept, i´d say. The designer of the Tenori also created Elektro Plankton for the Nintendo DS.

11-Aug-07 06:02 AM

Monokit    Said...

Different concept means, you can create your own software for the Monome. But you always need a computer with you in order to use it. As you can see on their site: http://monome.org/40h/ It´s different.

11-Aug-07 06:10 AM

SekondThought    Said...

I've actually seen on the Yamaha site that it will not be on sale from the 4th of September, as this is just a test marketing event for Yamaha to decide if they are going to sell it in other countries outside of Japan or not. If it doesn't go on sale in the UK, I will be getting one imported from somewhere!!!! I really want one...NOW!

12-Aug-07 05:32 PM

Tom    Said...

I seriously hope this makes it to USA. I will gladly spend the $800-$1,000 this will alledgedly cost me.

Trouble is, Elektroplankton (the Nintendo DS game he created) had a tough time coming to America. It took a while and then it was pulled off the shelves. That game cost $30. The market here will be even smaller at the $1,00 price tag.

15-Aug-07 09:55 AM

I'm going to have one!    Said...

It will be on sale in the UK during September. Its a test market within the UK so can only be sold to UK addresses. Yamaha UK confirm that units are about to arrive and that its a real product. Depending on the results of the test market, they might consider rolling it out to other countries. Its a public launch event on Sept 4th and 5th (www.tenori-on.co.uk) so, I guess, I'll see you there.

27-Aug-07 03:57 AM

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