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SynthBits: Dusting off the Tenori-On

A cool groove from a unique instrument.

YouTuber allmyfriendsaresynths dusted off the Tenori-On for a short jam. Technically this is the “TNR-O” (“Tenori-On Orange” for the Orange LEDs) - the more affordable sibling to the original TNR-W (“Tenori-On White”).

Tenori-On is truly a piece of digital art designed by Japanese artist Toshio Iwai and Yu Nishibori of the Yamaha Center for Advanced Sound Technology: Music and Human Interface Group (say that three times fast!) Both models feature 256 LEDs, a custom 32 note polyphonic tone generator, 16 parts with different sequence types and visual animations. Check out the video below:

You can check out lots of fascinating creations at the Yamaha Design page here, which reminds me…Do you remember the refacerobot for reface CS!
Synth History: YC25D with Lutz Krajenski
Signature Artist Sounds: Michael Feiner

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