we made a module that talks to your modular synth, allowing the grid to play with no help from computers.
it’s a live probabilistic step sequencer. it’s the first in a series. it’s called white whale.
taylor deupree has an extraordinary commitment to music– creating, championing, fostering and collaborating– the catalog of his label 12k is both prolific and deeply considered. his highly refined musical and visual aesthetic is embedded in every recording, every release. his simultaneous embrace of error and imperfection along with an affinity for order and symmetry makes for complex and organic sounds and shades. he captures entire universes for us to hear and see, occupy and explore.
a new application for grids with computers and grids with aleph soundcomputers.
meadowphysics is a tangled cascade counter with rapid tactile rule changing. it makes emergent rhythms, melodies, layers of chords and parameter changes. it can be configured simply to act like flin or incomprehensibly to create long duration ever-changing cycles.
meadowphysics takes great advantage of the new variable-brightness grids, which are availalbe now for ordering and will ship in the coming weeks.
and! welcome the new aleph drum synth module.
a record label emerging from of the monome community presents its first release! from the site:
“The Leap is a record label, podcast and event based in Boston, MA and Santa Fe, NM. Founded by Adam Ribaudo (Boston) and Frank Rose (Santa Fe), The Leap features electronic music artists in monthly releases, a semi-monthly event in Boston and a podcast of said event. The Leap showcases emerging artists taking risks and contributing new ideas that stand out in what’s become a sea of electronic music.”
check it out!
randy jones is a musician and instrument builder whose work i’ve long admired. his designs exemplify vision, invention, and integrity in equal measure, brimming with care and a thoughtfulness that reveals the human behind the technology. he’s created an astonishing new sound palette with kaivo, designed an interface with the soundplane and still manages to find time to expertly control the dance floor with these machines and a microphone.(more…)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.