Yamaha’s Brand New Prototype Thing-a-me-jig

Hard to explain – best take a look      03/08/05

Yamaha’s Brand New Prototype Thing-a-me-jig
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We picked up this on the wires a couple of days ago and have been massaging our Yamaha contacts to get more information on it. But so far, there’s nothing doing – we’ve only been told that it’s “at the conceptual stage�. However, if you attend the Siggraph show in LA you will see it on display – if you do, please drop us a line. It’s great news that there’s still a desire to push technology forward in terms of interface and instrument design, we’re jolly excited.

Tenori for two please
According to the website the TENORI-ON, as it is currently called, is a collaboration between Japanese media artist Toshio Iwai and Yamaha. The unit is a 16x16 LED switch bank designed to create a visible music interface. Each switch functions as an individual display that emits light, intuitively emulating the related sound. When you push a switch for a short time, a ripples of light spreads out from the switch. If a switch is held down slightly longer, a dot of light remains on the panel (indicating that the sound will be looped). “People seem to quickly understand the relationship between the sounds and switches such that even non musicians can enjoy improvising and even composing almost immediately� There is no availability, pricing or any other kind of info available right now, but we’re obviously keen to hear and know more and will bring this to you as and it becomes available. In the mean-time:
  • http://www.global.yamaha.com/design/tenori-on/
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