sound machines for
the exploration of time
and space

07/22/24 - our machine shop is busy milling aluminum and we'll have more norns in late august. maybe sooner, but we'll see.

a delay/looper based on birdsong? yesterday a highly illustrated norns script called messiaen appeared, check it out at

old news / rss

an open, tactile instrument that allows the user to imagine and define its function.

the monome grid by default does nothing. connected to a computer or module, interaction is determined by the chosen application: sequencer, sample cutter, tone map, polyrhythm machine. we’ve put together studies to help you create your own.

sixteen by sixteen keys with decoupled warm white light
usb C, 10.4" x 10.4" x 0.5", 2.8 lbs

sixteen by eight keys with decoupled warm white light
usb C, 10.4" x 5.4" x 0.5", 1.6 lbs

changes. travels. is open to possibilities.

norns is many sound instruments. it connects to grids, MIDI and other objects. norns lets you define its behavior with scripts and DSP. we've created extensive studies to help actualize new instruments yet to be imagined.

$900 — available late august.

speaks and listens and remembers bits of text. a scriptable usb-cv-ii machine.

crow connects to norns and computers running max, max for live, and other serial-enabled applications. we've created various norns scripts and max for live devices which require no programming, and we've also created tutorials and studies to get you started quickly programming your own ideas into this tiny, powerful module.


contact with questions. is for community discussion.

shipping happens on tuesdays. a tracking number is sent when each order ships. see shipping updates for current status on any waiting preorders.

we're committed to keeping these machines working. email us for repairs. also see purchase policy.

in the past we created some other objects.

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monome is brian crabtree and kelli cain. we met in art school where our initial collaborations included electro-mechanical installations, films, and music. now we live and work in the mountains of upstate new york where we also tend apple orchards, shiitake stacks, and forest paths.

monome is operated on a human scale. we use local suppliers and manufacturers, assemble and test in house, and only sell direct. like our designs, our organization is focussed on adaptability and the long-term. staying small affords us the flexibility to pursue interesting new directions, not simply commodify established trends.

monome is supported by a global community of curious, helpful, and creative people. dan derks is on the team. all based at luck dragon.

we began in 2005. we continue.

monome — updated 07/22/24