islandis recently shared a paper on the monome phenomenon that he wrote for a semiotics class he is taking at Duke:
It has garnered a little (but not enough, in my opinion) conversation on the monome forum.
The monome device is an odd kind of sign system. Even a honeycomb pattern would give more of a musical sense of scale-pattern. A grid is so deliberately open ended. In classical semiotic terms, is it the symbol, the reference or the referent? When you decouple that grid, which is which? Are the buttons the references, the LEDs the symbols and the application output the symbol? How do they all overlap?
Hmm. Nothing quite like monome meditative joy. Thanks for following. Peace.