Monome + dan

i met @dan_derks years ago when he dropped by the farm— it was an easy visit to accept— sound and process (his lines-dedicated podcast) really enriched the community (and continues to) along with his warm presence and seemingly infinite patience. you of course already know about his numerous super-powered software endeavors shared here!

fast-forward and dan randomly volunteered to fly out and help build the first edition of norns, which (in the nicest words) was a hilarious mess (the norns, not dan)— so he got to witness the full range of kelli and my joy and frustration then and there— and he’s super good at building stuff.

later later on he then got himself into a position to take on some part-time remote work for monome— helping with support and documentation, whereupon both improved by bounds.

now, i’m very happy to announce that dan is now our first full-time employee. he’s relocated from chicago and it’s a joy to experience this new in-person energy at the monome workshop. (ohhhh also kelli and i built a new workshop (and renovated a huge 1800’s building, but that’s another story)).

i wanted to thank everyone for supporting our work this year— we’ve been busy building machines and working on the ecosystem— it’s exciting to get to grow this tiny bit. (and i’m very much not about growth— staying small has afforded us a lot of flexibility and we intend to stay tiny.)

dan!

that’s the news for today! (lol)

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wonderful! congrats @dan_derks! and welcome to NY :partying_face:

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No finer human being than mr. @dan_derks! Thank you, Dan, for everything that you do and the way you choose to do it. I’m better for knowing you, dude.

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Congrats @dan_derks! Glad we’ll be able to stay in touch this way.

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Wow! Congrats @dan_derks!

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Truly incredible news. I’ll echo everything @mattlowery wrote above + say that, musically, I simply wouldn’t be where I’m at without dan’s encouragement, inspiration and support over the last couple of years.

This is gonna be grrreeeeeaaat.

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These are good news! Congrats, @dan_derks! And thanks for your scripts, feedback and support!

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I’ve said this already quite a few times before: thank you Dan. :blue_heart:

Soooo happy to read this!

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AWESOME!!! Such a no brainer @dan_derks is the man! This is very exciting and happy for all involved. Cheers!

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So cool on so many levels. Hi-fives all round

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Fantastic news!

The beauty of staying small is also enhanced by growing slowly. One small step for man?!?

Dan, when the world is safe to travel again, come visit Boston!

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Can’t wait to see a pic of the fam in the new workshop!

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Yay @dan_derks ! It was a joy to work with you on my LC port and briefly be at c74 together. While we might not meet in Chicago, once I’m in Boston I’ll second the I-hope-one-day-we-can-meet-up sentiment!

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Yeah, big congratulations to all. Was grateful that @dan_derks came out to my last show in Chicago and it was a pleasure getting to meet and hang for a bit that evening. Top notch human!

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dan is too much
a role model in many ways and a really committed friend

modern day midas
and i say that only half in jest
(everyone he touches is a bit better off down the road :slightly_smiling_face:)

super proud to see his growth over the years! congratulations derks

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Congratulations to all involved. dd + monome 4ever. <3

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this is amazing, and an exciting team up. congrats!!!

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Congrats! Thank you @dan_derks for all the encouragement and excitement of both stuff I’ve worked on as well as stuff from others. I’ve definitely kept going on projects because of that encouragement, and discovered lots of cool things (and friends) because of it too!

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no waaaay!! such great news and very deserving- the world could really use more people with dan’s enthusiasm, thoughtfulness, and kindness. you got a good one, brian, but you know that already. :partying_face:

:beers: :beers: :beers:

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Dan is such an inspiration. Kind, creative, and knowledgeable. Cheers to that, and excited for the future!

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