September 6, 2009 10:06 PM

A quiet sketch done on the tenori-on, straight from line out.

posted by bigmusic (4 comments total)

I had to look up tenori-on, and upon seeing it I remember that I actually have seen one before, probably around the time it was introduced. What a fun device! Your track sounds great, it's got a certain depth to it, both in actual sound and in structure. Thanks for posting.
posted by edlundart at 10:14 PM on September 7, 2009

Yeah, I like it. How is it working with the tenori-on? Is this something that's programmed in advance, or are you playing it live?
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 12:01 AM on September 9, 2009

How is it working with the tenori-on?
There's good and bad in everything. Using the tenori-on is nice, laying on my back in bed holding the tenori-on and working on melody or a beat seems like something that is very natural to do, like reading a book feels natural just lounging. However, it's actually rather painful at times, some of the most basic sequencer functions are missing. It's more of an idea pad than a complete composition tool. You really have to work to get around the limitations of it. There are a lot of other complaints about it, mostly timing issues and Yamaha seems to have forgotten it exists.

Is this something that's programmed in advance, or are you playing it live?
That's actually one of the limitations of of it, you can only program one block (16 steps) and that loops. You actually have to switch blocks manually you can't chain them together to get that perfect song. So just about any song on a tenori-on is going to be a mixture of pre-programmed blocks and live adjustments to that song and switching of blocks and minor tweaking of loops to overcome some of the limitations of short sequence blocks.
posted by bigmusic at 7:25 AM on September 9, 2009

Very nice bigmusic.

Keep it up!
posted by Zenabi at 12:44 AM on February 6, 2010

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