When I saw the release of the first all Tenori-On album, I thought, "of course". I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking someone should do an all monome album. I pondered this over Thanksgiving. Looking at the long weekend ahead of me, I wondered if I could record a song a day using my 256.
Of course, the notion of an all monome album is somewhat of a misnomer. The monome is simply an interface - a bunch of LEDs and buttons that may or may not have something to do with each other. There no built-in sound generator like there is on the Tenori-On, (I used a Doepfer modular, Prophet 5 and MachFive 2) and the software that determines the behavior of the device is entirely up to the user/artist. While this fact dilutes the idea of an all monome album, people interested in finding their own voice with an instrument consisting of a grid of buttons should note the lack of predetermined software and sounds is the true strength of the monome.
Taking this a step further, I'm using only software I created myself for the 256. In addition to the free album download, I'm also offering the Max patches I used to create the music.
This is a Creative Commons release, so you're welcome to not only download the album for free, you can sample, remix or reuse any part of it.
Grids by Matthew G Davidson is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.
Also, check into my flickr page for recent arty photos of the 256 I took to create the album cover. They're also Creative Commons.
Also, I'd like to say that monome, the company, had no knowledge, involvement or endorsement of this project, so I don't wish to potentially embarrass them with a hastily-thrown-together collection of monome tracks. What I've done here is representative of only one person, not the monome community as a whole.
Thank you for downloading this album. If you like what you hear, please consider using my virtual 'tip jar' or buying one of my albums from Amazon or the iTunes music store.
If you don't want to download the whole album to hear a quick sample, check this out: