video mlr clone demo from themoves on Vimeo.

I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of using the Monome, the popular open-source, button-bestrewn controller device, for visuals and not just sound. But I haven’t seen any examples in person. Via comments on Monday’s Live + Isadora story, here’s one example by Joshua Nugent. The software is inspired by MLR, the sound sample-rocking patch that comes with Monome. In fact, that’s one area in which I think the Monome hasn’t gotten enough credit — a lot of its popularity actually comes from its software design, not just its elegantly-minimal hardware design.

I tend to do visuals differently, so I’ll have to finish my kit, finally, and post some software examples. And yes, while this is done in Isadora, there’s nothing saying you couldn’t use other software tools.

Bonus points for including Bush dancing in Africa. Now someone send poor Josh a screen and some windowblinds.

More on this project on the Monome forums, including instructions:

how about a video version of MLR/64step?

I’d love to see more Monome examples, so if you’ve got them, send them in!

  • I'm tryng to do also similiar but with my Padkontrol VDMX and Monomulator0.9
    a momome emulator for the Kork Padkontrol, see this post on the Korg forum….
    in a week i'll post the result

  • Was hoping this was about using a monome to DISPLAY visuals

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  • xpez

    This is exactly what coldcut pioneered…12 years ago????

    EBN 8 years before that…..

    So now instead of Macromedia director …its Monome…


    I am afraid…NOTHING (the paradigm of manipulating sound and video) hasn't changed in the last 15 years…

    computers got faster..

    but its still clunky and awkward…and not very interesting…if you have seen this kind of interaction many times before…

  • @xpez: Well, I don't know that the performer in this case wanted to do something different from EBN and Coldcut. Maybe they liked that style of VJing and wanted some tangible control over the clips. Do we really need a new paradigm every fifteen years? I think that's up to the artist.

    There other plenty of other directions to go, and while I agree a lot of people are into the EBN kind of stuff, I've seen some work that goes other ways … live generative 3D, generative animation for starters, much of it technically impossible or impractical for real-time manipulation 15 years ago.

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