Yamaha have been in touch to tell us that the Tenori-On
has been featured in a top ten products of 2008 round-up. Here's the press release...
Tenori-on â€“ Yamaha's revolutionary new instrument that uniquely marries music and art inspiring new directions, new music and new genres has been named by CNet's Donald Bell among his 'Top Ten Favourite Things of 2008' alongside Apple's mass market iPhone.
Music technology expert and gadget critic Bell is one of the web's most trusted and authoritative reviewers of technology products for leading site CNet that reaches a multi-million online audience of management-level technology buyers and users each month.
Describing himself as a 'technology nerd' and 'not an easy guy to shop for', Donald Bell explains how amid a lot of mediocre products that hit his desk in 2008, Yamaha's Tenori-on 'downright blew my mind' and really raised the bar on his expectations, 'turning the process of programming and performing electronic music into a fun and visually dazzling experience.'
A five year partnership with inventor and media artist Toshio Iwai led to the phenomenon that is TENORI-ON - a completely new concept in portable music-making and performance art and one of the most forward thinking instruments of our lifetime that puts all of the necessary tools for music creation right in the palm of your hand.
The TENORI-ON is a unique 16 x 16 LED button matrix performance controller with a stunning visual 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 that merge cutting edge digital music performance technology with the ability to create a stunning visual experience.
Recent Tenori-on artist releases and performances that have turned heads and inspired the creative world include Norman Fairbanks' latest album LA Machine, a ground-breaking performance on BBC2's Later With Jools Holland by UK artist Little Boots that combined Tenori-on with acoustic piano and the Peterloo Massacre live at Manchester's Royal Northern College of Music, that saw the integration of the Tenori-On with Cubase.