you have certainly spotted the announcement of norns workshops being organized.
but this initiative is only part of what 2022 has to offer…
(not definitive visuals & title, this pic was just a quick mockup from way back)
zines have been a staple of various DIY cultures (punks, hackers, school clubs…), crystallizing their spirit at a point of time.
the community around norns is vibrant but constantly changing: people come and go, their involvement being conditioned by motivation and sometimes life events…
a zine could be a snapshot, a trace, a memory .
the zine would be comprised of two main “sections” reflecting 2 facets of how people interact w/ norns:
"PLAY"for the music-making aspect
"MAKE"for the tool-making one (scripting, hardware hacking…).
we strive to have balance in content between those 2 aspects, as well as between the relatable vs practical, poetical VS technical.
we’re now opening the gates to more contributors.
so far we have:
- page formatting / publishing skills
- design skills
- photo skills
- WIP articles & content for the MAKE side of things
- illustration skills
- more design skills (notably to have several identities for the different sections)
- articles for the PLAY side of things
- one-off and recurring “small-bites” articles
most contributions should fit the general theme of this first issue, which thanksfully is generic enough:
we’re also figuring out some tooling that’d allow to review contribution proposals in a more streamlined way.
more details coming soon as we go.
disclaimer: role of new contributors
we prize horizontal decision making, and have a small team of editors already in progress, but we are always looking for input into brainstorming and executing the content.
please note that the project is not “just starting”. several collective days of work has already been put through.
so be smart about how you engage, don’t expect to arrive and remodel everything.