09 04 2014 featured

monome sum

monome sum is a new grid-based multi-instrument. it’s a collection of several favorites combined to work well together. all sounds are generated with the use of the built in synth, effects, presets and included samples. free. open-source.

much more music at soundcloud.com/kcain

29 03 2014 featured

aleph hardware source

full aleph schematics, board files, and bill of materials are now available. open source.

github.com/tehn/aleph-hardware

13 02 2014 featured

words for c74

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.

28 01 2014 featured

roulette

february 8 we’ll be giving a performance, talk, and discussion focussed on the aleph. at roulette in brooklyn.

also presenting will be peter blasser with his shnth. and there will be great musicians and record labels.

we hope to see you.

12 11 2013 featured

cutting in puredata

japanese musician shingo sasahara seen here creating tumbling piano textures using an mlr variant with which i’m unfamiliar.

20 10 2013 interview

interview with morgan packard

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

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25 09 2013 interview

interview with ro

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

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20 09 2013 featured

approaching

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!

27 08 2013 interview

interview with no-sir-e

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

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21 08 2013 featured

mark eats sequencer

a wonderful custom sequencer written by LA-based musician mark wheeler, graciously shared with the public. download it at markeats.com/sequencer. check out this vine and this vine and this.

21 08 2013 interview

interview with rajatheresidentalien

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

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19 07 2013 featured

monome supercollider tutorials

just posted to the monome wiki is an exceptional series of tutorials on using supercollider with monome devices. written by prolific community contributor raja. supercollider is an incredibly powerful open-source cross-platform audio programming language. we highly recommend further investigation.

also check out raja’s grid-centric label, renegade lights!

18 07 2013 interview

interview with anenon

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

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08 07 2013 interview

interview with cassiel

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

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24 06 2013 interview

interview with matthew goike

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

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11 06 2013 featured

control voltage in portland

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.

06 06 2013 interview

interview with jared smith

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

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29 05 2013 interview

interview with phortran

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

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26 05 2013 featured

tuesday jubilee

this wonderful moment slipped by me almost a year ago, but i bring it to you now. tenmen live-samples using his refactored micro-looper. he’s shared his modifications in the docs.

23 05 2013 interview

interview with ezra buchla

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

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