I’m going to keep this article atypically short (as I finish up some other writing).

Is it just me, or is everyone’s studio turning into the above? I know I’m not the first to say this.

Side note: why has someone not exactly replicated the above on hardware? (Next Ableton / Native Instruments / Novation hackathon, kids, seriously – get on it. I promise you’ll be more famous on CDM than John Travolta. Is. On CDM.)

Feel free to link to this post every time this happens for the rest of 2015. And take a shot. (Of vegetable juice or something; I really don’t want to kill you when the next NAMM rolls around this week.)

  • Ivan Franco

    Yes, Keith McMillen has. I want to buy the K-mix once it hits the market but every time I think about all the flashy lights my stomach turns…

  • Ivan Franco

    Yes, Keith McMillen has. I want to buy the K-mix once it hits the market but every time I think about all the flashy lights my stomach turns…

  • Ivan Franco

    Yes, Keith McMillen has. I want to buy the K-mix once it hits the market but every time I think about all the flashy lights my stomach turns…

  • chaircrusher

    You mean the blinkenlights grid? Yeah sorta… but if you get some old roland synths and drum machines it was all pretty psychedelic back in the day as well.

  • chaircrusher

    You mean the blinkenlights grid? Yeah sorta… but if you get some old roland synths and drum machines it was all pretty psychedelic back in the day as well.

  • chaircrusher

    You mean the blinkenlights grid? Yeah sorta… but if you get some old roland synths and drum machines it was all pretty psychedelic back in the day as well.

  • squirrel squirrel squirrel

    Blinking lights are the BEST! The more techno-futuristic, the better. If you’re making futuristic music, your studio should look like the bridge of the Enterprise.

  • squirrel squirrel squirrel

    Blinking lights are the BEST! The more techno-futuristic, the better. If you’re making futuristic music, your studio should look like the bridge of the Enterprise.

  • squirrel squirrel squirrel

    Blinking lights are the BEST! The more techno-futuristic, the better. If you’re making futuristic music, your studio should look like the bridge of the Enterprise.

  • PaulDavisTheFirst

    Maybe because this is hard enough already:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3l-mRWtBGsA

  • PaulDavisTheFirst

    Maybe because this is hard enough already:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3l-mRWtBGsA

  • PaulDavisTheFirst

    Maybe because this is hard enough already:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3l-mRWtBGsA

  • Beard Dough

    It’s crazy how grid controllers have become so prevalent. I can easily remember when monome was the only (overpriced in my opinion) game in town for flashy lighted buttons in a nice form factor.

    That said, it looks like Brian and Kelli have really been pushing into new territory. Leaving the old grids behind for crazy synths and quirky script-driven controllers. While it’s good to see them pushing into new territory it does imply that the whole focus on sustainable, local manufacturing didn’t give buyers enough reason to justify those insane prices in the face of mass-market competition.

    In the meantime, novation has been delivering every grid controller fan’s wet dream in the form of a RGB monome with velocity sensing (Anyone remember the ill-fated chronome project?). I’m heavily debating getting one of those babies but I’ll need to see how novation has reworked their generic MIDI/USB interface since I’m not an ableton user.

    This is a good time to be alive for generic digital music interfaces. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a walnut monome 64 to sell.

  • Beard Dough

    It’s crazy how grid controllers have become so prevalent. I can easily remember when monome was the only (overpriced in my opinion) game in town for flashy lighted buttons in a nice form factor.

    That said, it looks like Brian and Kelli have really been pushing into new territory. Leaving the old grids behind for crazy synths and quirky script-driven controllers. While it’s good to see them pushing into new territory it does imply that the whole focus on sustainable, local manufacturing didn’t give buyers enough reason to justify those insane prices in the face of mass-market competition.

    In the meantime, novation has been delivering every grid controller fan’s wet dream in the form of a RGB monome with velocity sensing (Anyone remember the ill-fated chronome project?). I’m heavily debating getting one of those babies but I’ll need to see how novation has reworked their generic MIDI/USB interface since I’m not an ableton user.

    This is a good time to be alive for generic digital music interfaces. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a walnut monome 64 to sell.

  • DocBownout
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  • Tim Thompson

    I’m not sure what trend this post is actually about, but if it has anything to do with playing music on a grid of floor-buttons, here’s an experimental performance I did back in 2003 using playstation dance pads and a wireless qwerty keyboard hung around my neck: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmaCX-GlxGE

  • Tim Thompson

    I’m not sure what trend this post is actually about, but if it has anything to do with playing music on a grid of floor-buttons, here’s an experimental performance I did back in 2003 using playstation dance pads and a wireless qwerty keyboard hung around my neck: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmaCX-GlxGE

  • Tim Thompson

    I’m not sure what trend this post is actually about, but if it has anything to do with playing music on a grid of floor-buttons, here’s an experimental performance I did back in 2003 using playstation dance pads and a wireless qwerty keyboard hung around my neck: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmaCX-GlxGE

  • Virtual Flannel

    R to the G to the B

  • Virtual Flannel

    R to the G to the B

  • Virtual Flannel

    R to the G to the B

  • Michael Aldridge

    The 2MNYBTNS parody springs readily to mind… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grYXuR8ODwY

  • Michael Aldridge

    The 2MNYBTNS parody springs readily to mind… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grYXuR8ODwY

  • Michael Aldridge

    The 2MNYBTNS parody springs readily to mind… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grYXuR8ODwY

  • aaron

    lol, you just tried to “First” something that’s been done a million times…

  • aaron

    lol, you just tried to “First” something that’s been done a million times…

  • aaron

    lol, you just tried to “First” something that’s been done a million times…

  • leolodreamland

    i was thinking bout sorting out a digital disco dancefloor – rgb leds and some epoxy resin casts – easy? but forgetting bout the flashing lights for a mo, any one of these dudes on the soul train line had more funk in their little finger than john travolta. not saying he didn’t ooze style, and when coupled with the beegees it wasn’t nigh on perfect, but still these dudes make him look clumsy.

  • leolodreamland

    i was thinking bout sorting out a digital disco dancefloor – rgb leds and some epoxy resin casts – easy? but forgetting bout the flashing lights for a mo, any one of these dudes on the soul train line had more funk in their little finger than john travolta. not saying he didn’t ooze style, and when coupled with the beegees it wasn’t nigh on perfect, but still these dudes make him look clumsy.

  • leolodreamland

    i was thinking bout sorting out a digital disco dancefloor – rgb leds and some epoxy resin casts – easy? but forgetting bout the flashing lights for a mo, any one of these dudes on the soul train line had more funk in their little finger than john travolta. not saying he didn’t ooze style, and when coupled with the beegees it wasn’t nigh on perfect, but still these dudes make him look clumsy.

  • Haha, my wife is bugging me for years already that we should build that sort of floor in our living room!

  • Haha, my wife is bugging me for years already that we should build that sort of floor in our living room!

  • Haha, my wife is bugging me for years already that we should build that sort of floor in our living room!

  • Nate W.

    Haha.. I was just talking about this. I was saying how I love my old Trigger Finger, and the guy at my music store was like have you seen the new one? I said… yeah… to disco.

  • Nate W.

    Haha.. I was just talking about this. I was saying how I love my old Trigger Finger, and the guy at my music store was like have you seen the new one? I said… yeah… to disco.

  • Nate W.

    Haha.. I was just talking about this. I was saying how I love my old Trigger Finger, and the guy at my music store was like have you seen the new one? I said… yeah… to disco.

  • beatboxing

    Perhaps it’s just the next evolution after the 13 tone keyboard for finger-instruments.

  • beatboxing

    Perhaps it’s just the next evolution after the 13 tone keyboard for finger-instruments.

  • beatboxing

    Perhaps it’s just the next evolution after the 13 tone keyboard for finger-instruments.