The Future of Music is Now: Tenori-On On and On


The Tenori-On is a revolutionary digital musical instrument developed by media artist Toshio Iwai and Yahama. It was introduced to the U.S. market in April 2008.

The intriguing handheld device is sort of a Lite Brite for music, with 256 LED push-buttons for sequencing music and adjusting tones. A short tap creates a ripple of light; while a more prolonged push results in a dot of light that remains on the panel, indicating that the sound will be played repeatedly or looped.

Watch musicians play with the addictive device on the Tenori-On YouTube Channel. Musicians seem to be able to grasp the relationship between the sounds and switches pretty quickly, and start improvising almost instantly.

Buy it here.

A cover of Hot Chip's hit "Ready for the Floor" on the Yamaha Tenori-On by my latest obsession, Little Boots.


DJmag's Marc '01' on the Yamaha Tenori-On


Be forewarned, if you don't have the chops. You could end up like Ross from Friends.


In case you were wondering what the post's title was referring to ...

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Tags: LED, Tenori-On, Yamaha, boots, gadget, instrument, light, little, music

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Comment by Will on January 22, 2009 at 8:57pm
That was cool. I really enjoyed Little Boots' cover.
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