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date: 05 April 2020


  • Anne Beetem Acker


Electronic instrument, controller, and sequencer created by the Japanese media artist Toshio Iwai (b Kira, Aichi, Japan, 1962) and Yu Nishibori of the Music and Human Interface Group at the Yamaha Center for Advanced Sound Technology. The name means ‘sound on your palm’. As part of Iwai’s interest in the relationships between sounds and visual images, he created a number of interactive sound and art installations, including Composition on a Table (1996–9) and Music Insects (1993, San Francisco Exploratorium), as well as popular commercial video games including Otocky (1987) and Electroplankton (2005), using generative interactive music. In creating the Tenori-on, Iwai emphasized beauty with a natural fit to the player’s hands and easy intuitive use. A simpler predecessor was released in 2001 for the WonderSwan, a hand-held gaming system. The Tenori-on was demonstrated at the SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on Graphics) conference in Los Angeles in ...

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