we’ve seen (and continue to see) incredible scripts shared here— super impressive artful sound objects. these have generated a ton of enthusiasm for code and have pushed the ecosystem in new directions.
on the other hand, norns can also provide a different way of thinking about code: tiny, uncomplicated edits which customize something to work how you want, or provide an easy avenue to explore a new idea.
we realized that the studies and documentation were oriented towards from-scratch script design: the byproduct which we didn’t intend was it might encourage a learn-it-all before getting started… or a need to become an expert in Lua. in fact, i don’t think people should care what Lua is, if you can learn a handful of syntax that helps you perform some experiments. (of course, if you specifically enjoy programming, i absolutely encourage you to go deep— similar to my attitude about music theory (take it or leave it, you can make art either way).
and so we present: study zero. i created a small instrument with edit-ability in mind. if you have trepidation about code, i’m hoping this will show you how easy and fun it can be. you don’t need to architect a big app: you can just tweak a few little things. you don’t need every feature to be a menu-dive. just consider editing the code, a tiny bit.
@dan_derks is going to host two live walkthroughs of this study on feb 11. one at 12p eastern time and the other at 9p eastern time. please join us, follow along, ask questions!
[edit: registration closed! these sessions are full up, but we will have more!]
all feedback welcome— as with everything here, this is a living document and we strive to make it better.