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Published: Fri February 15, 2008  News Feed

Tenori-on – Yamaha’s multi-award winning revolutionary new instrument that uniquely marries music and art inspiring new directions, new music and new genres has been honoured in the Design Museum’s first ever Brit Insurance Designs of the Year exhibition and Brit Insurance Design Awards.

This exciting new annual exhibition and awards scheme celebrates the most innovative and progressive international designs and Tenori-on has been short-listed alongside Apple’s iPhone and Nintendo’s Wii in the Product Design category.

Nominated by a team of internationally respected design experts including Nick Knight, Philipp Rode and Wayne Hemmingway, the inaugural Brit Insurance Designs of the Year exhibition at the Design Museum runs from 13 February until 27 April 2008. Individual category award winners will be announced on 11 March and go forward to compete to be the overall winner, which will be announced at an Awards Dinner on 18 March. This year’s shortlist will be judged by a high profile panel including Nadia Swarovski, Rolf Fehlbaum and Antonio Citterio.

A five year partnership with inventor and media artist Toshio Iwai led to the phenomenon that is TENORI-ON - a completely new concept in portable music-making and performance art and one of the most forward thinking instruments of our lifetime that puts all of the necessary tools for music creation right in the palm of your hand.

The TENORI-ON is a unique 16 x 16 LED button matrix performance controller with a stunning visual display. By operating and interacting with the LED buttons and the light they produce you gain access to the TENORI-ON's numerous performance capabilities that merge cutting edge digital music performance technology with the ability to create a stunning visual experience.

The Design Museum based at Shad Thames, London is the world’s leading museum devoted to contemporary design in every form from furniture to graphics, and architecture to industrial design.



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