Hi, thank you for reading this.
My name is Laura, and I really can’t possibly overstate how new I am to all of this, I own an old Roland Juno synth and that’s about it. No experience with the Monome, Max MSP, or any other such high level wizardry. I bow to thee.
I’m here because I saw a little clip on Instagram of this LA musician MatthewDavid (I’d wager some of you know of him) who has done cool synth jams with Emily Sprague from Florist in the past, anyway it’s a clip of him playing with this (presumably) custom patch on a Monome that I realize is basically all I want to do musically in my life, to put it one way.
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The closest thing I’ve seen is old videos on YouTube of that Tenori-On device that came out years ago, anyway the general idea I guess is that the sounds themselves are so amorphous, aqueous, edgeless and the rhythms so (I dunno what’s the right word, quantized?) that you can quite literally close your eyes and randomly run your fingers across the keys, and the end result will generally be something pleasantly ambient but also complex and nuanced, a mixture of short splashes and long drawn out lines that connect like fish swimming in a pond creating little connecting whirlpools of sound.
I like this idea, of a combination human input and computational magic to create something a child could sit down and literally play with and just enjoy organizing sounds. A sonic world where “easy" is not a dirty word.
I guess I’m just wondering what would be the best way to go about creating a setup like this. Would you just like take snippets of field recordings and random synth phrases and load them into the Monome like a sampler? Are there any synth gods out there making patches like this that a person can buy/download? Sorry if this all sounds a little silly. Thank you again for reading.