Yamaha Design “Synapses” Venova™
GOOD DESIGN GRAND AWARD
A unique instrument with a compact body and authentic sound.
We sought to distill the essence of cylindrical acoustic wind instruments. Utilizing unique technology to connect right and left molds with precision, Venova™ achieves the stable performance and appearance as a wind instrument.
Despite being a cylindrical wind instrument, the Venova™ exhibits the timbre and easy fingering of conical wind instruments due to the compact, simple branched-pipe structure of its cylindrical bore. The relationship between its sinuous form and its branching bore also appears in its logo.
A dignified elongated topside of the body, combined with a meandering underside. With a form that is like peeling the skin off a fruit to see its flesh, it has a structure that demands to be seen. By reducing the distance between tone holes to achieve a simplified structure, we have created a unique shape that is functional as a musical instrument.
The difference in textures is impressive, having a lustrous surface across its entire body, and textured internal areas where the fingers do not touch. The parting lines are covered improving the finger-feel on the tone holes.
With fingering similar to the familiar soprano recorder, anyone can enjoy the ease and genuineness of performing with this wind instrument. Carry it in its storage case strapped to your shoulder so that it is nearby even during outdoor sessions.
- Keizo Tatsumi
- Yamaha Design Laboratory