An introduction to Flora for monome norns - On-demand

Explore Flora as a compositional tool for making generative music using the norns UI and external controllers/synthesizers.

Course Instructor: Jonathan Snyder

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Flora is an L-systems sequencer and bandpass-filtered sawtooth engine for monome norns.

What you'll learn

  • Navigate the Flora UI and parameters menus to build and perform your own compositions
  • Create dynamically shaped, multinodal envelopes to modulate Flora’s bandpass-filtered sawtooth engine
  • Build generative polyrhythms and delays into your compositions
  • Use crow and/or midi-enabled controllers and synthesizers to play Flora


  • A computer and internet connection
  • A norns device with Flora installed
  • Optional: A midi-enabled controller and/or synthesizer

Course content

  • ---- Flora screens instructions to download
  • ---- Part 1 - Welcome and introductions
  • ---- Part 2 - About the BandSaw engine
  • ---- Part 3 - How Does The Flora Sequencer Work - Creating The “Basic Sequence-1
  • ---- Part 4 - Envelopes (Plow screen)
  • ---- Part 5 - Bandsaw parameters (Water screen)
  • ---- Part 6 - Envelope Modulation (Plow screen)
  • ---- Part 7 - Midi control (examples with 16n and OMX-27)

Who is this course for

  • In this workshop you will learn how L-system algorithms are used to produce musical sequences while exploring the script’s UI and features.

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About the workshop leader

Jonathan Snyder is a Portland, Oregon based sound explorer and educator. Previously, he worked for 22 years as a design technologist, IT manager, and educator at Columbia University’s Media Center for Art History, Method, and Adobe.