The new Tenori-On from Yamaha is billed as a ‘digital music instrument for the 21st century’ and actually that description is spot on. If you were asked back in the ‘70s what kind of new musical instrument we’d be playing in 200x, you’d probably come up with a synthesizer type, flashing light, cold sounding techno machine similar to this. It’s not horrible, it’s just so cliched. Why couldn’t they have come up with something wooden, thunky and ever so rich in tone and expressiveness, instead of a glorified piano-roll sequencer with LED disease? Ah well. £599.00 in the UK only for the moment. Take a look at the videos for an idea of how it sounds. [Via Metafilter]
The TENORI-ON 16 x 16 LED button matrix 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.