when people ask “what’s that cool thing with all those buttons?”, i always say it’s a monome or monome 256, (i’ve also heard people call it a monom´e) but it seems like the proper/official term is now “monome grid”?
come to think about it, i don’t think i’ve ever seen @tehn refer to the grid as a monome, only “monome device”… i just started calling it that because everybody else was… was it ever actually a monome? have i had it wrong this whole time?
the product range has expanded but call it what you want
I’ve never been in a situation where one word (monome, 128, controller, grid, arc, aleph) was enough to satisfy a curious observer . the only clue you get about tehns naming theory is the blanket shift to grid…size doesnt change core function/design so the streamlining makes sense
also i get an inordinate amount of pleasure when I see singular devices labelled “grids”
i always called my grid 64, which i have 6 years now, my monome… but now i guess grid 64 is more accurate, but i’m attached to call it a monome. i like the sound of it. grid is more impersonal.
but in conversations outside my own head, with other people, i always have to use more words than just monome 64 or grid 64 to describe what i do.
i’m deranging from the topic now, but for me it’s always difficult to explain what the monome/grid is to other people. i start by explaining it’s a physical thing with a lot of buttons, that you can connect it to your computer, and that the software on the computer decides what the function of the buttons are. -but what does make the sound then? >yeah that depends on the software. and the software is written by many different people all over the world who connect through a forum.
and i always feel they still don’t understand how wonderful this all is
brought to you by the people who think that isms is basically the best name for anything ever-- you all correctly observed that the naming is very fluid, especially given the changing lineup of machines. i’ve favored “grid” as to me there’s not a great need to distinguish sizes and models as they all reference the same idea. if needed in a specific context, i still find the old names fine-- ie, monome sixty four.
so while yes, the newest “grid” is a “monome one twenty eight” i don’t see a need to explicitly say all of those words. the distinction between the “company” name and device name has always remained somewhat confusing and that happened naturally-- “whoa look at that pile of monomes” is something i’ve never myself said. the internet helped invent that. but that’s totally fine too.