Yamaha Casual Wind Instrument ‘Venova’ Wins Grand Prize at Prestigious Good Design Award 2017

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The Yamaha Venova earned the top spot—the first time for Yamaha, and the first time for a musical instrument—from a field of 4,495 submissions received this year

Yamaha Venova

“The Venova blends the simplicity of a recorder with the expressiveness of a saxophone, providing an entirely new way to enjoy a wind instrument,” says Matt Kerns, marketing manager, B&O Accessories, Yamaha Corporation of America.

Yamaha Corporation of America, Band and Orchestral division, today announced that the Yamaha Venova, a casual wind instrument received the grand prize at this year’s Good Design Awards, one of the most prestigious product recognition programs of its kind.

The Yamaha Venova earned the top spot—the first time for Yamaha, and the first time for a musical instrument—from a field of 4,495 submissions received this year by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion, (JDP), which organizes the annual awards program. An 82-member international judging committee conducted a rigorous five-month screening process to determine the award-winning designs.

Conceived by Keizo Tatsumi of the Yamaha Design Laboratory, the Venova—combining Ventus, Latin for wind, and Nova, Latin for new—features a unique branched-pipe body structure made of Advanced ABS resin that is smaller, lighter and more durable than conventional wind instruments. The instrument’s design is the result of repeated applied research based on virtual acoustic sound generation.

Like a saxophone or clarinet, the Venova is a single-reed instrument that produces different sound nuances depending on how you blow it. It’s capable of playing everything from powerful passages to beautiful soft, expressive melodies.

Easy, recorder-style fingering makes it ideal for beginners and novices, while more experienced players will appreciate the musical possibilities provided by its fully chromatic two-octave range.

The Venova embodies the fundamental Yamaha design philosophy, which seeks to create products that realize four primary goals: to be loved and used for the long term; to gradually increase in value over time; to have simple designs; and to achieve a balance between carefully selected materials and a beautiful finish.

The Good Design Awards was established based on the belief that good design is essential to people’s everyday lives. The primary factor for Award selection is whether or not the product can enrich society and people's lives.

“The Venova blends the simplicity of a recorder with the expressiveness of a saxophone, providing an entirely new way to enjoy a wind instrument,” says Matt Kerns, marketing manager, B&O Accessories, Yamaha Corporation of America. “We are grateful that this never before seen design is being recognized with the Good Design Awards Grand Prize—the first musical instrument to earn this designation.”

In addition to Venova, the Yamaha REVSTAR electric guitar and Electone STAGEA ELC-02 digital organ each earned a Good Design Award in this year’s competition. The company’s Vocaloid for Education software was also recognized with a Special Award, which commends designs that further develop life, industry and society. This innovative software enables school children to create melodies on a tablet without requiring them to read music.

Since 1957, Yamaha products have earned 277 awards from the Good Design Awards.

For more information about the Yamaha Venova, please visit http://4wrd.it/VENOVA

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About Yamaha
Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is one of the largest subsidiaries of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement, commercial installation and home entertainment products to the U.S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and NEXO commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, MusicCast wireless multiroom audio systems, Blu-ray/CD players, earphones, headphones, home-theater-in-a-box systems, sound bars and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, music, professional audio installation and consumer markets.

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