while in conversation with @imwaiting last night, i asked them out of curiosity how they stumbled across monome/lines. this got me thinking about all the different paths people have probably followed to reach this lovely corner of the internet. i would love to hear all the various stories, so i’m creating this thread. please share yours!
my story is nothing crazy but at the very least its a story to start this thread with!
back in late 2019, i was going through a very difficult time in my life. there was a very extreme amount of very unfortunate things that were all happening at the same time, and writing music/working with sound just wasn’t fulfilling to me anymore. this was extremely detrimental to my my mental health, as creating music/sound was the only creative endeavor and emotional outlet i was still passionate about. i decided that if i couldn’t sit down and try to write music, that i would preform it live and just record it instead.
from there, i began researching various ways of preforming primarily ambient music live instead of composing it in the DAW and allowing my perfectionism to take over. this led me down a very deep rabbit hole of gear that i had no idea existed and eventually led me to the subreddit /r/musicbattlestations. i spent several nights going through a bunch of posts and researching what different gear was capable of and what not, until i stumbled across a certain picture of someone’s setup. this person had a very simple setup, but there was a little box that caught my eye. it had three encoders, three buttons, and a screen and i had no idea what it was, so i decided to read the comments:
one of them read:
what role is the norns playing in this setup?
what role can’t it play?
i was immediately extremely intrigued and googled something along the lines of “norns synthesizer”. the more research i did, the more fascinated i became. around that time i began lurking here on lines and ~6 months later i made an account. my mental health has improved greatly since i have became an active member here and the only reason i know this place exists is because of someone’s random post on reddit. (i don’t even use reddit!)