Tenori-on

January 20, 2011 at 10:07 pm (music) (, , , , )

Had the great chance to go and watch Bill Bailey recently as part of his Dandelion Mind tour, at the Wyndhams Theatre in London.  Absolutely fantastic (his cover of Gary Newman’s Cars was just great).

One thing that really caught my attention though, was his use of a curious Japanese digital Instrument.  Its a grid of LEDs and switches.  You touch the switch and that LED will activate a note when it lights up.  Then as the instrument keeps sweeping across the grid, the lit LED will keep playing the note.  Its a really curious effect.

Well, others seem to have thought so too as a Google search for Bill Bailey Japanese instrument reveals all – its a Tenori-on, made by Yamaha – and you can have your own for the cool price of around £600!

Well, Tenori-on or an iPad … hmm.  Still, would be a really neat instrument to have … maybe time to dig out that old R.A.Penfold book of MIDI projects …

Kevin.

 

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1 Comment

  1. Faces in the Sand « Kevin's Blog said,

    […] The Universal Orchestra is a set of six digitally controlled musical instruments.  A marimba, xylophone, drums, tuned drums, shakers, wood blocks, etc.  It is controlled by programming using a system of dots that appears to owe quite a lot to a Tenori-On. […]

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