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Yamaha launches iPhone and iPad app based on its Tenori-On instrument

Yamaha launches iPhone and iPad app based on its Tenori-On instrument
Stuart Dredge

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Devices / iPhone / June 29th 2011 at 11:17AM

Now iOS users can make like Bjork and Little Boots on a budget.

Yamaha's Tenori-On electronic instrument has been a hit with musicians like Little Boots and Bjork, but it's a trifle expensive for more casual music-makers given its 400-quid price point.

You can see what's coming, right? There's an app for that. An official one from Yamaha called TNR-i, which runs across iPhone and iPad, and has a much more affordable price tag of £11.99.

The app - like the instrument - involves creating music from a 16x16 grid of buttons, creating recurring patterns and rhythms. The app includes a networked feature for up to four users to make music at once, making innovative use of Apple's Game Center community.

The TNR-i app also uses the same presents and performance files as the physical Tenori-On, meaning people who own both can transfer works-in-progress between them.