Keyboard + Monome = One Crazy DIY Instrument Hybrid by STS9’s David Phipps, Plus New Album/Tour

The Monome is small and elegant, but there’s something to be said for traditional instrumental controllers like a keyboard. So why not combine them? David Phipps of the electronic jam band Sound Tribe Sector 9 did just that, and sends CDM this photo of the project in process. He’s off on a five week tour starting Friday, so it’ll be on hold for a bit, but even not-quite-done I had to share it. David writes: i hope to bring ‘The Peaceblaster’ on tour in the fall. note the unashamed reference to our album available July 8th:) i picked up a …

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Sound Tribe Sector 9 vs. Monome: Video, 8by16

Our friend David Phipps of Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9) has posted video of how he’s using his custom-built Monome, as featured in a tutorial here on CDM a few months ago: In this application, the Monome is effectively an interactive sequencer; it works very elegantly in that capacity. Next step: David, in the spirit of the Monome community, perhaps you should release the software patch for the song so fans can play along? I can see it now: Monome software as music releases. (It’s like a DIY STS9 kit!) In other news, can someone please go and shut up …

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