MAKE subscriber Mike Cook built a Monome-style controller interface from only spare parts! (granted he seems to have some very nice spare parts lying around) Behold the Econo Monome –


The official Monomes have always had a nod towards eco friendliness by incorporating renewable wood in their construction. Well I wanted to go at least one better and use parts that I already had in my junk box.
Let’s kick off by saying that 40 years of working, and playing, with electronics has given me a junk box that is perhaps deeper than most people’s, your mileage may vary.

Definitely my fave incarnation of the Monome yet – head over to the project page for interesting deets on everything used to build it. Next time I need to ‘borrow’ some spare components, I’ll consider dropping Mike a line ;)


Open-source grid controller – the monome

Collin Cunningham

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!