2008年11月17日月曜日

Great electronic musical instruments

In last two month, I found very exciting instruments for digital music I haven't known before.
They include Tenorion, Monome, Korg MS-10, Kaossilator, and so on.

Today, I introduce some of these for you.

Tenori-on

Tenori-on is the most attractive instrument for me.
This opened my heart to the digital music and take me to the travel of instruments.

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 has a 16x16 matrix of LED switches allows everyone to play music intuitively, creating a "visible music" interface.

Here is an introduction video from YouTube.



As you can see, 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.

In Japan, you can touch and experience that great interface at ICC in Opera City.

Monome

A similar cool instrument Monome is there.
To be precise, Monome is not a name of instrument. Monome is a small Philadelphia-based hardware company that makes controllers for electronic music performance and new media art.

Their first product, Monome 40h, sometimes called just "Monome", is an eight-by-eight grid of backlit buttons, which connects to a Mac or PC using a USB cable and the OpenSound Control protocol.
Here is a video of this.



Although it seems quite nice, there is a problem.
Because Monome is very small company, the distribution is very limited.

To get this, you have to participate in the auction.
The start bid is now very expensive.
I hope this instruments to be more and more distributed in the near future.

KORG DS-10, KORG Kaossilator

Japan provides amazing product to the world markets in the very reasonable price.

KORG DS-10 is non-game music making software for the Nintendo DS that emulates a KORG MS-10 synthesizer.
It released on July 24th, 2008 in Japan, on October 10th, 2008 in Europe, and on November 4th, 2008 in the US.



The Korg Kaossilator KO-1 is a portable Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer manufactured by Korg.

It is capable of producing a wide range of sounds and can be tuned to various keys and scales.
Being related to the Korg Kaoss Pads, the Kaossilator is a synth that is played touching a pad that is not unlike a mousepad on laptop computers.

It is truly portable, running off of 4 AA batteries with the dimensions as follows:
106 mm (W) x 129 mm (D) x 29 mm (H) / 4.17" (W) x 5.08" (D) x 1.14" (H).

The Kaossilator features 100 synthesized sounds including acoustic (Guitar, Trumpet and Piano), percussion, and electronic sounds.
Most instruments can be locked into various keys and scales.
The Kaossilator supports 31 different Scale Patterns including Chromatic, Blues and Diatonic scales - as well as more 'exotic' scales such as Japanese and Egyptian.

Here is a cool Demo Video.



The Kaossilator also has a gate arpeggiator and a loop function that allows the layering of instruments to produce loops.

The loop recording function is somewhat limited, as the maximum length is two bars in 4/4 time. Despite this limitation, some artists have recorded full-length albums with the Kaossilator.
You can find many videos in YouTube.
(There is some technique to overcome the 2 bar limit as the KO1 records audio to memory.)

Now, let's start!

With these instruments, you can create music with your own feelings without the limitation of your techniques of instruments.

As you can see, they are very intuitive. Ugly interface has gone.
You can concentrate on expressing your feelings and music ideas.
Do you think it's a great thing?

Just feel and create.
Forget all things you are suffered everyday.