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In Japanese, "Tenori-on" means "sound in your hand." This device, designed by Toshio Iwai, is an LED screen that synthesizes light and sound, emitting programmed according to the light its reflecting. Artist Toshio Iwai notes that “in days gone by, a musical instrument had to have a beauty, of shape as well as of sound. . . . Modern electronic instruments don’t have this inevitable relationship between the shape, the sound, and the player. What I have done is to try to bring back these. . . elements and build them [into] a true musical instrument for the digital age.”

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