Adam and I met through a community of makers and musicians centered around a device called Monome. The Monome is an open-souce hardware controller (recently expanded into other devices) and this community of people surrounding it is a constant fountain of amazing software and music. Many readers are probably familiar with the device, but it’s basically a dumb box with buttons that can do whatever you tell it to do via software. Most commonly, it serves as a controller for sounds, either a synth or samples. This video basically explains it:
What really makes this thing special is the community around it, without which, would be just a dumb box doing nothing. The open-source nature of the device and software reflects into the community as a sea of opportunity. The ecosystem allows for a level of collaboration and innovation I’ve never encountered elsewhere. Without Monome and the community around it, this label project would not have existed. I am constantly amazed by the sheer volume of music and software development that emerges from the Monome well.
The Leap will be featuring members of this community in future releases in addition to the 33-artist monome-centric compilation to be released mid-May.