I'm gaga about Electroplankton
, the music making application for the Ninendo DS (I use it to make background music for videos, like this one
Now the creator of Electroplankton, Toshio Iwai, has a new handheld electronic instrument for Yamaha called the Tenori-On. It's beautiful looking.
Currently in the prototype phase, it consists of a 16 by 16 grid of LED buttons within a square aluminium frame about the same size as a lightpen tablet, and also contains two in-built speakers.
Holding this frame in one hand, Iwai demonstrated how the Tenori-On worked during the opening evening of last weekend's Futuresonic electronic musical festival in Manchester.
Each of Tenori-On's LED buttons can either be lightly strummed, sort of like a harp, or alternatively pressed down, whereby each button lights up. Musical notes are triggered by a regular line of light that moves from left to right, much like the sweeping line in PSP game Lumines.
Iwai has a blog
about his new instrument. And here is Yamaha's site about the Tenori-On
. You can hear samples of the instrument, which sounds a lot like Electroplankton.
Link (Thanks, Chris!)
Olly Farshi says:
Quick update for you on the Electroplankton/Toshio Iwai talk at Futuresonic. A friend of mine, Maria Stukoff (a Media artist) also attended the talk with me, she made a recording of Toshio's Tenori-On performance (which was fantastic!) on her mobile. You can check out the video over here.
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