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Unboxing the TNR-i (Tenori-on for iPad)

A musician's initial steps with a new digital instrument

The casual nature of sound postings on the Soundcloud.com service has increased intimacy between music-makers and music-listeners in a way no other service can really compare with. On Soundcloud, a musician is more than likely to post within a day of purchasing a new piece of equipment some little test recording, just a snippet of them learning their new tool or toy. In the case of Jared Smyth‘s latest purchase, it is both those things: the TNR-i, aka the iPad rendition of the great Tenori-on device, Yamaha’s next-generation music machine spearheaded by Toshio Iwai, of Elektroplankton fame. If Elektroplankton was a game-like interface for making music, the TNR-i is a music-making interface that feels like a game (see below for images). In Smyth’s hands, the grid-like system gives way to a gentle, lulling piece of music, a sketch of a burbling melody, a gesture toward a proper song.

If tradition holds that a single can serve as a teaser for an album yet to be released, then this track is a teaser for what Smyth has yet to record.

Track originally posted at soundcloud.com/jared-smyth. More on the TNR-i at apple.com. More on the Tenori-on at tenori-onusa.com. More on Smyth at jaredsmyth.info.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  1. Mark Rushton
    [ Posted March 22, 2012, at 8:54 am ]

    Nice. I have not been paying attention to new iOS music apps, so thanks for the heads up. Will buy this soon.

  2. jared
    [ Posted March 22, 2012, at 9:38 am ]

    thanks for the post Marc!

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