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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Bill Baileys Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra

May 10, 2009 at 9:24 pm (interesting, music) (, , , , , )

Just finished watching Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra. Its classic Bill Bailey, with the addition of the BBC concert orchestra and rhythm section. Enjoy the cockney classics with full orchestral illustrations, details of key instruments, ‘insect nation‘ as you’ve never heard it before, Doctor Qui (with full rhythm section) and a master performance of Saint-Saen‘s Swan … using alpine cow-bells!

Excellent stuff. You have a few days left to see it on iPlayer (so don’t hang about)! Until someone posts it to YouTube of course …

Oh, and if you’re a trombone player, lookout for the performance of William Tell at the 25 minute mark! Pure, brilliant, Bill Bailey!

Kevin.

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Bill Bailey – Cockney Classics …

August 21, 2008 at 8:10 pm (music, odds) (, , , , , , )

I do so like Bill Bailey, he tends to really make me laugh. Something made me look him up on youtube today, and sure enough, all my favourites are there:

Of course, one of the nice things about looking up this sort of thing for a blog post, is that you find new ones.  I’d not seen the U2 one before.
He is one very clever and talented guy. I’d also really love to know where you get one of those MIDI Theremins!

Kevin.

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