If youâ€™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 weâ€™ve kept in touch with Yamaha whoâ€™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-ONâ€™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 Oâ€™ 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 Rotâ€™s Robert Lippok will perform an exclusive UK set alongside cutting edge disco edit maestro Secondo (Dreck Records) and the man dubbed â€˜the savior of acid houseâ€™ 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 â€“ 23.00
Free Entry â€“ Please arrive early to avoid disappointment!