Sunday, September 30, 2007
All I want for Christmas ....
... is a Tenori-On!! Well, pending its release in the States (which looks unlikely at this time).
Japanese media artist Toshio Iwai and Yamaha have teamed up to create a "visual music interface" called the Tenori-On. It's a 16x16 LED switcher with rubber buttons and a similar look to a Lite-Brite (but, I assure you it's much more inspiring). The user composes musical loops and unique light patterns with this new instrument. The goal of the invention is to control "light and sound as comfortably as playing musical instruments or painting pictures" -- Toshio Iwai.
Currently being tested in the London market, the Tenori-On was released overseas on September 4th and runs about $1,200. Hopefully, it will prove to be successful and will make a debut in the USA!
*by Jen Panczenko