For all you fans of the various gadgets that allow you to take your performances to a very different place, from avant-garde to electronic dance music, this video is for you.



About seven years ago, Japanese artist Toshio Iwai and Yu Nishibori of the Music and Human Interface Group (as well as the Yamaha Center for Advanced Sound Technology) created a device called the Tenori-on. Groundbreaking at the time, and now the focus of several different similar projects in the works, it was a new approach to the trigger interface and allowed the user to engage with their music and sounds in a whole new way. Many people believed at the time that this would be the most ‘human’ or organic way to produce unique sequences in live performances.

FM8 is a perfect match for this kind of instrument, as you not only create incredible classic FM sounds like those heard in the video example, but you can also use the various features unique to FM8 like the morphing matrix or the effects engine to generate new and interesting sounds layered together in ways previously unheard of. I know of a few people who use this device in conjunction with FM8 to produce really cool music for television and movie soundtracks, mostly in the fantasy and sci-fi realms. You can really hear the potential of this kind of application in this video.

With more devices coming out every year, FM8 stands on the very cutting edge giving you options and possibilities in your sound design and performance sessions that are simply not available with other soft synths at this time. This means that by combining new technologies with FM8 you will surely innovate and discover new sounds and ways to use them.

Do you use an interface device other than a MIDI keyboard to interact with FM8 for your recording and/or live performances? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or shoot us a message directly to get a conversation started.


Tenori-on with FM8

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