grid + computer


grid uses serialosc to communicate back and forth with applications on your computer. Once you install it, it runs in the background and converts serial communication (over USB) into OSC. Applications can query serialosc to connect to grid and arc.

→ download serialosc

Running into trouble? Check out the serialosc docs.


The grid is intended to be reimagined. You give it purpose and meaning that’s all your own: instrument, experiment, tool, toy… choose your own adventure!

To start with some introductory knowledge, please visit grid studies.


Here are open source applications others have scripted using the above environments. Many of the applications require Max which includes a free runtime.

Contact to have your application listed. We suggest github for hosting your project.

  • max package – several patchers and tools for use within Max.
  • mark eats sequencer – rapid performance sequencer.
  • the party van – live sampling performance instrument.
  • control – open midi control surface for grids.
  • grainfields – granular instrument for grids (also a max for live version)
  • re:mix – extended mlr within ableton live.
  • mlrv – the quintessential grid-based sampling instrument.
  • sum – a collection of essential monome apps synced together to work as one flexible tool for creating music.
  • terms – sum, pulled apart, as max for live plugins for ableton
  • capstarc – tactile sample scrubbing for arc


  • mlr – the original live sample-cutting platform.
  • meadowphysics – rhizomatic cascading counter.
  • straw – grid-based FM synthesizer.
  • inkblot – additive synthesis with rorschach patterns.
  • life – conway’s game of life.


  • flin – a cyclic poly-rhythm music box.
  • polygome – arpeggiating pattern instrument.
  • decisions – generative maze run. trigger scripts to make midi note and cc data.
  • plane – scrolling monophonic diatonic step sequencer with MIDI and CV outputs.
  • arpshift – a melodic, interval based, poly-rhythmic arpeggiator.
  • corners – gravity and friction. velocities and positions mapped to sound parameters and events.
  • parc – probabilistic sequencer/arpeggiator.
  • cygnet – real-time eight-track performance recorder.
  • muon – emergent feedback sequencer.
  • press cafe – real-time rhythmic pattern performance.
  • soyuz – scrolling step sequencer.
  • residue – TR-style step sequencer.
  • xor – cross-influenced event generator.
  • quantum – generative sequencer based on siteswap, a juggling notation.

max for live

  • re:mix – extended mlr.
  • grainfields – granular instrument for grids
  • gridlab – a suite of maxforlive monome devices.
  • elements – a collection of midi controls for grids.
  • anaphora – simple, live-input focused mlr variant.
  • anachronism – asynchronous digital tape looping interface
  • prosody – a modular collection of effects for grids & no grids


  • pages – extremely in-depth java-based multi-instrument, with integration with ableton live.
  • mesh – inter-app meta-gesture recorder.


collected is a large unsorted repository of applications contributed over the years. We’ve also collected numerous old monomeserial applications which are basically obsolete, but could be updated easily given some small ambition.