Approaching: norns




knows something.
adores grids.
cuts sound.
shapes, filters, folds.
keeps rhythm, tells time.
summons waves.
tapes digitally.
speaks lua.
controls voltages.
can MIDI.
radios OSC.
tracks, tabulates, calculates.
sings robot melodies.
shows picture.
makes music.
brings light.
loves birds.
waits patiently.

past, present, future.

this thread will unfold the continuing story, an entry per day up to may 3. while we continue to create and prepare for introduction. similar to how we said over a decade ago. that the grid itself does nothing. norns will never be finished. it will continue to evolve and take us new places.

day 1: what
day 2: specifications
day 3: sound
day 4: design
day 5: code
day 6: many tomorrows

now preordering at

New thing! (derail this thread? impossible!)
New thing! (derail this thread? impossible!)
Composition of Control (instrument design)

Well thats just lovely.



Wait… is that @stretta?!

Oh man, a physical, stable MLR… that’s all I need to hear.


seriously, wow


the most important question. When?


Much excite!! wowee!


Ahh cool – Now that’s something to get excited about!
Great performance too! :cake:


all the decaf made my beard fall off


Oooh, that’s rather lovely. Looking forward to learning more about this.


Oh my oh my oh my. I’m in love.


Even Monome product reveals are a thing of stupefying beauty.


The excitement is real, and the possibilities of Norns along side a modular with W/, 301 and/or Assimil8or are staggering in the expanse of sonic vistas they will open. Stunning design, @tehn.


battery powered?..


I don’t really know what to add so I’ll go with…



Today I learned:
“The Norns (Old Norse: norn, plural: nornir) in Norse mythology[1] are female beings who rule the destiny of gods and men. They roughly correspond to other controllers of humans’ destiny, such as the Fates, elsewhere in European mythology.”

Here I thought it was a reference to Creatures.


In time…


Beautiful design. Well done! Looking forward to watching the introduction.


Not so sure about that bit!


oh my god, that interface is so brilliant — loop points for speed of the w/-style tape got me. and i love that the video is a tml revisit.

timelines all parallel, all sequential, all circular. i’m so excited.


Which is exactly what sold me on it, I spent so much time playing those games. <3