Tenori-On LED Instrument

The Tenori-On is a handheld, square-shaped instrument with LED buttons.  I love instruments that incorporate music visualizations.

According to the about page,

“The TENORI-ON is a unique 16 x 16 LED button matrix performance instrument with a stunning visual display. For DJs & producers it is a unique performance tool enabling them to perform using MIDI and load the TENORI-ON with samples to ‘jam / improvise’ within their set BPMs.”

Not only does it sound cool, but it looks pretty neat, too.

Watch a demo of it here: http://www.global.yamaha.com/tenori-on/video/demo01.html

The website includes videos of musicians using the Tenori-On, and includes a performance by Paul de Jong of The Books.  Now, the demo video of the Tenori-On is really cool and makes me want to play around with it.  But these videos of talented musicians putting this instrument to good use is really beautiful.  Even though it looks like a toy, it can still create amazing music.

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