Brian Crabtree (monome) On The Past, Present & Future Of Grid Controllers

brian-crabtree-monomeIf you’ve ever wondered why grid controllers have become one of the most popular tools for making electronic music, you’ll want to listen to the latest episode of the Art + Music + Technology podcast.

Host Darwin Grosse talks with monome’s Brian Crabtree about the past, present and future of monome.org, the grid controller and more.

Here’s what host Grosse has to say about the interview: Continue reading

New Module, White Whale, Brings Monome To Eurorack Modular Synths

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monome.org has introduced white whale – a new Euro module that lets you use a monome grid controller as the interface to a grid-enabled live probabilistic step sequencer.

According to the developers, “white whale is the culmination of methods and experiments based on a decade of step sequencer design for the grid”.

Here’s a video demo of white whale in action: Continue reading

Monome Intros Aleph Open Source Sound Computer

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Ezra Buchla (son of Donald Buchla) and Brian Crabtree (monome) have introduced Aleph – a Linux-based open source sound computer.

It can be a synthesizer, sampler, looper or drum machine – or, because it’s open source, anything that you can develop for it.

Key Features:

  • soundcomputer – powerful audio processor, synthesizer, noise machine, rapidly modifiable instrument. a platform for experimental practice and organic discovery.
  • attachments – connect grid controllers, modular synths, midi keys, stomp boxes, gamepads, hand-made circuits. for more direct control and uncommon pairings.
  • topography – dynamically arrange control mappings with unprecedented flexibility. create software control sources such as modulators, logical operators, aleatoric processes, sequencers. all quickly storable and recallable.
  • open source – designed for community engagement, a benefit for musicians and developers alike. an exceptional educational tool. the library of uses and possibilities can only grow.

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The Meganome – A DIY Arduino MIDI Controller For Controlling Music Robots

Remember Patrick Flanagan & Jazari – his band of electroacoustic music robots?

This video takes a look at his DIY MIDI controller, the Meganome.

“I like the feel of arcade buttons and look of exotic hardwoods,” notes Flanagan, “so mass-market products just weren’t right for me.” Continue reading

Monome 2012 Edition

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Monome.org has announced the monome 2012 edition:

solid quartersawn black walnut, just under an inch thick. edge to edge aluminum and recessed rubber feet. lights in yellow, full sixteen step variable brightness per light. integrated tilt sensor. mini usb cable.

ordering begins this friday june 15 at 1pm EST. 50 of the 256, 50 of the 128. arcs forthcoming.

Tuesday Jubilee

Sunday Synth Jam: Via tenmen – a “rainy tuesday bank holiday afternoon at home with the refactored version of tml”.