some thoughts about making things are now up in the form of a mini-interview for cycling74.
also check out jad abumrad’s setup at wired.
morgan packard has a creative-technical process that explores participation, cooperation and group dynamics. his audience-guided compositions, collective built environments and immersive pattern-exploration instruments invite thoughtful engagement. his music exudes deep technical proficiency. think sonic robots, wandering dialog, and the impulsive changing of subjects- an ordered chaos that exemplifies a rigor, informed by jazz and classical studies. listen closely! -brian
robbie crabtree synthesizes prismatic nostalgia and futuristic melodies both in music and architecture– conscious of what came before yet looking to the horizon ahead, enthusiastically delving into new adventures, falling off skateboards, climbing entire mountain ranges, low-dancing at the funk club, building with cut up dinosaurs and piles of woodchips. robbie is also “ok” at table tennis. he’s taken the family trohpy a few times. i’m still trying. -brian
aleph. a new device. a longtime collaboration with ezra buchla. something quite different. we’ll be sharing the fullest details possible this coming thursday, september 26th.
we’ll be in seattle at this time, participating in the exceedingly excellent decibel festival. if you’re within reach of the northwest, do say hello.
we’re very excited to show you what we’ve been up to, and even more so to see what happens once these get into the hands of many. subscribe to the mailing list for prompt news!
aaron fisher combines, juxtaposes, and recontextualizes a variety of genres and unlikely pairings to bring a party to its proper place and feet to the dancefloor. and also to liven up the workplace– his mixes have been played quite often here at our studio. if we had the wherewithal to hire a full-time workplace DJ aaron would certainly be in the running. -brian
raja das harnesses a terrific amount of energy which is channeled through multiple personalities: crafting meticulous music, producing extensive programming tutorials, organizing community. his writing overflows with humor, honesty, and perplexity– taking us on some strange journeys now and again but above all demonstrating the power of participation. -brian
also check out raja’s grid-centric label, renegade lights!
i’ve witnessed brian allen simon perform with a saxaphone entangled in a heap of technology. he produced convincing evidence that this configuration was indeed versatile and evocative, weaving flurried tones and rhythms into what seemed a grand composed arc all while maintaining the naturalness of a practiced improviser. all with remarkable grace. -brian
nick rothwell is an enabler; his history of collaboration, sharing of code frameworks, and the technology workshops he teaches confirms this. with a deep proficiency he seems to coax his machines into delivering much beyond their reasonable capability, eliciting a sort of magic. i draw inspiration from his close attention to precision and clarity, and his ability to remember our animals’ names even after years between meetings. – brian
matthew goike is a good listener. this perhaps under-appreciated but most important skill makes for delicate decision making and exceptional fine-tuning; qualities which also apply to his craftsmanship as one of the foremost modular case designers. but he is by no means quiet– in the past i’ve coaxed hours of high desert stories, glimpsing a wordless and complex dialog he may be having with his natural surroundings. -brian
we’re very happy to announce that for the first time ever you can see monome devices in person at a store– in this case the entirely extraordinary synth shop control voltage in portland, oregon. jason is exceptionally enthusiastic and knowledgable about all things music technology– he’s also written a few monome apps here on the wiki.
if you’re heading through (or live in) portland be sure to stop in. great workshops and performances happen quite often– there’s a schedule on the site.
while modern life tends towards sensory overload, jared smith somehow funnels and focuses this mass of distraction into a beautifully curated, prolific stream of creative work. visually and musically his sensibilities range far and wide, always resonating with appreciation and discovery. his generosity reminds me to listen, observe, and breathe. -brian
for many years now tom dinchak has been applying his extensive programming skills layer upon layer to the technical octopus that is his performance setup. a close-up of a cross-section reveals equal parts grace and complexity. in addition to his own music, phortran’s software is utilized by a great many artists– his helpfulness, openness to suggestions, and willingness to share makes him one of the finest tool makers and collaborators within our community. -brian
both in performance and dinner conversation ezra buchla has an astonishing talent for the unpredictable and a knack for captivation. he is an intensely sincere musician, a jaunty encyclopedia, a worthy table tennis opponent, and a like-minded lover of sugary treats. as a collaborator we’re very happy to have a high level dual class mathematician/mage along for the journey. -brian
rodrigo constanzo is among a generation of exceptional composer-performers who are also exceedingly adept technologists. yet he does not guard his long-labored tools for solely his own use– quite the opposite as we’ve witnessed him encourage and support others’ musical exploration through his open-source patch releases. still he is unquestionably the master of these tools, transforming tiny gestures (a tapped kitchen utensil, a disconnected patch cable) into fluttering sonic clusters. a joy to behold. -brian