this is the most fascinating instrument i’ve ever held in my hands. the lovely kelly snook has one (listen up children, these are the kind of perks you get when you are grow up to be a genius who works for NASA) and she bought it down the last time she visited. i was instantly enamored. i can’t really describe how it works but it basically plays sounds according to patterns. our friend wikipedia has this to add:
Tenori-on is an electronic musical instrument, designed and created by Japanese artist, Toshio Iwai and Yu Nishibori of the Music and Human Interface Group, Yamaha Center for Advanced Sound Technology. It consists of a screen, held in the hands, of a sixteen by sixteen grid of LED switches, any of which can be activated in a number of ways to create an evolving musical soundscape.
needless to say, i want to create an “evolving musical soundscape”. who doesn’t?