Tone to drone – Introduction to SuperCollider for monome norns – On-demand

Level: Beginner (many fundamentals of SuperCollider will be covered)

SuperCollider is an amazing open-source audio synthesis and composition tool. In this workshop we will gain understanding of SuperCollider while making a musical drone – a minimal sustained sound with dynamic harmonic variations, in the vein of Sunn O))) or La Monte Young. We will also learn how to add drones to the monome norns in your own drone script.


  • Learn how to use SuperCollider, starting from the basics

  • Learn about sound synthesis with SuperCollider

  • Become familiar with sound synthesis elements of SuperCollider

  • Integrate a SuperCollider script into a monome norns script

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of SuperCollider code

  • Understand SuperCollider UGens for audio synthesis and mixing

  • Design your own drone which you can run from SuperCollider

  • Add SuperCollider code into a norns script

Session Study Topics

  • Basics of coding in SuperCollider

  • Workings of audio synthesis UGens and how they can be combined

  • Adding UGens for sound modulation

  • Communication between norns scripts and SuperCollider


We have a number of sponsorship places,if the registration fee is a barrier to you joining the workshop please contact laura@stagingmhs.local.



  • A computer and internet connection
  • A webcam and mic
  • A Zoom account
  • A norns device

About the workshop leader 

Zack Scholl is a Seattle, Washington based tinkerer who releases music and norns scripts as “infinite digits”.

He has been programming for 12 years as part of his job developing instrumentation and conducting experiments to understand biophysical properties of human proteins.

Digging deeper into Flora for monome norns – On-demand

Level: Some experience of norns required

In the second Flora workshop, you will build your own custom L-system algorithms using Flora’s UI and sequence the script using the preset (PSET) sequencer. The script’s community gardening feature will also be covered to give you a new way to share your sequences with a worldwide audience.

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By the end of the second workshop, you will be able to:

  • Design custom L-system algorithms with the Flora UI and maiden

  • Share your custom L-system algorithms using Flora’s community gardening feature

  • Sequence presets using Flora and other norns scripts

  • Use Flora as a sequencer for your external synthesizer(s) using crow and/or midi

Session study topics

  • L-system algorithm properties

  • Sharing L-system algorithms

  • Meta-sequencing Flora and other norns scripts

  • Norns integration with midi and/or crow



  • A computer and internet connection

  • A norns device with Flora installed

  • Optional: A midi-enabled controller and/or synthesizer


We have a number of sponsorship places available, if the registration fee is a barrier to you joining the workshop please contact laura@stagingmhs.local.



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.

Arcologies: a workshop for Monome norns & grid / On-demand

For Monome norns and grid, arcologies is a 21st century instrument for musical composition and discovery. Built by Tyler as a “2020 pandemic sanity project” and released in September it has already attracted passionate following.

Through a series of “breakout-room” team challenges you will learn how to build and sculpt evolving sound compositions with Arcologies.

We’ll cover signal flow, melodies, chords, and evolving systems with modulation, euclidean rhythms, and Turing machines.


  • Electronic music composition techniques.
  • Generative music.
  • monome norns
  • monome grid


About the workshop leader

Tyler Etters is a polymath-artist currently residing in Los Angeles. His uniquely 21st century practice encompasses a range of mediums including music, film, analog photography, and software design. He is Vice President at Highland and received his BFA in Graphic Design from Columbia College Chicago.