Why we made this



this is brian writing. it’s the vernal equinox. we’ve been struggling to figure out how to “properly launch” a new idea in this saturated digital universe. instead of our typical hyper-minimalist handful of undecipherable words, here is a stream of consciousness, with the help of whiskey.

we’ve been fostering what could be called a healthy online community for just about ten years now. the monome community has generated an admirable amount of open-source code and patches, collaborative music releases, and engaging discussion.

the monome community has brought together mostly people enthusiastic about grids. yet much of the content generated has had a valuable, much broader appeal, and we would like to invite a greater audience beyond the (lovingly) grid-minded.

we’re seeking a meeting place for a community interested in sharing meaningful content and discussion. we value the decentralized emergence of information, not simply reacting to a single voice. we appreciate an environment that does not encourage hyper-consumption. we have no intention of being product-focused.

we are confident in this new forum software: discourse. it contains modern facilities for community building and information sorting. it’s fast, it’s mobile, and it has excellent searchability. well-designed community self-moderation is key. category muting allows you to ignore topics you’re not interested in (ie, trade, or monome).

in the end, this place will be determined by those who choose to use it. in these early days, we hope you might help us shape it, setting it on a path to even greater heights.

update: years on now, check out the best threads list: http://llllllll.co/tags/llllllll

Best representative threads
This is LINES
Art (,the thread about)

RSS support as well - nice. Into feedly it goes.

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Thanks for this. I’ve really enjoyed hanging out in the Monome forums for the past few months, even if I haven’t posted a whole lot. The community is very positive and friendly and I’m sure that will continue in this new venue. The world needs more of that.


Looking forward to sharing here!


several weeks in now. thank you for helping get it moving!

we’re just now starting to promote this new site to the outside world. help us bring in new voices by sharing http://llllllll.co with your friends and family and networks.

and if you read something here you enjoy or appreciate, share something in return!



and more noiz…


I’m peeking in here to expand my knowledge and get inspired. Really excited to learn and discover!


Wow, this is great, have been looking for a place like this. I’ll make sure to share it around in fora I frequent, and have great faith in this place. Looking forward to all our discussions and sharing.


So excited to be joining this community. I’ve been eyeing monome for a few months now and I finally got in through mlvr and a launchpad mini.

This community is incredible. I am looking forward to supporting future work.

Thank you for the work already done.


lines is one year old now! granted it evolved from the previous monome community-- but it has been wonderful to watch this place grow in new directions which extend far beyond the grid. thank you all for taking the time to be here and share ideas.



This is definitely my favorite forum/community online. Such a wide range of topics, all interesting!
Very happy to be a part of it.


i wanted to share that among many outlets and inlets online i now come here first because i will find a new idea, a shared thought or technique and the feeling even if it is telematic of a kindred spirit with many of the participants.

digging lines



Me too!
Easily the healthiest balance of ideas, media, materials, and everything in between!

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