A Musical Interface of Light and Sound

The Tenori-On is a musical interface of light and sound. In testing an interface based on the tactility and lighting of a 16×16 grid of switches, Yamaha Designers sought to make playing a musical instrument an enjoyable experience for all.

The 256 switches that make up the Interface are not reserved solely to output sound, they also emit light to add expression to performance. Accordingly, the reverse face of the instrument also features LEDs for audience to see. When performing with a TENORI-ON, sound and light unify in a duality that surpasses the performance styles of other conventional electronic instruments.

The TENORI-ON is a twenty-first century musical interface that will allow even those without any musical knowledge to create and perform music using visual cues and their own intuition.

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