Reactable vs Tenori-on?September 12, 2008
No. We can’t compare them, just judge it by yourselves:
As you can see, both products are absolutely different. Tenori-on was developed by Yamaha to be comercialized as a curious experience for professional musicians. It’s designed to allow them to intuitively read and write music scores, composing and playing music “graphically” (At least that’s the way they describe it at the official website: http://www.ntticc.or.jp/Exhibition/2008/Openspace2008/Works/tenori-on.html.
Now you should be wondering what did they meen with “graphically”, me too. The machine looks like a goban (or the reversi board, for those of you who don’t know the amazing game of Go!!… I think I’ll post something about it very soon). Anyway, we were talking about the japanese synth… this interface was called “graphic” in the 80’s, but not now! Why did they develope it? I can’t say it’s not a usefull instrument, but I think its existence will last a couple of years, surviving just because the reactable is not commercialized YET. Moreover it’s so expensive (800 eur in UK) for just being a special “musical toy”. Another important point is that the visual software developed for the reactable is free software, and the product is based on a collaborative project. Some people thinks they paid Bjork to use their soft synth as a promotion, but the truth is she saw the reactable demo video on youtube and asked them to use it for her next tour. The Reactable is the result of five years of research on the Pompeu Fabra University, and obviously the interests are not the same. Anyway the price of this wonderfull machine scares me, It will be around 15.000 euros. We hope it’ll fall soon.