By Opal Limited
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Developed by ambient pioneer Brian Eno and musician / software designer Peter Chilvers, Bloom explores uncharted territory in the realm of applications for the iPhone and iPod touch. Part instrument, part composition and part artwork, Bloom's innovative controls allow anyone to create elaborate patterns and unique melodies by simply tapping the screen. A generative music player takes over when Bloom is left idle, creating an infinite selection of compositions and their accompanying visualisations.
"Bloom is an endless music machine, a music box for the 21st century. You can play it, and you can watch it play itself." - Brian Eno
- 12 different mood settings
- Random mood shuffle
- Adjustable delay
- Shake to clear
- Evolve when idle
- Sleep Timer
Recommended for headphones or external speakers.
What's New in Version 2.1.1
Runs on iOS 3.1.3 upwards
Bug fix for Shake to Clear
Fully supports Retina Display
Multitasking (introduced version 2.1)
This app reminds me of my favorite period of Brian Eno '77-'81. I think he did his best work in that time. This app has the feel of those long slow waves of sound that just seem to ebb and flow. I actually will just be walking listening to it and without looking at the screen just tap in a series of notes to add to the soundtrack. I didn't expect anything more that a simple sound pad and that's what this is. Great for driving in the car to zen out the stress of traffic and lame Muni drivers..Great that they have the multitasking feature now so you can do other things on the phone while this keeps on playing.
The only thing that I'm curious about is why so many apps don't have any tutorials or instructions on how to use them...? There's nothing on the app itself and no notes on the page if you go to their website.
Strangest app I have, by far. Best app I have, by far. Every time I use bloom, I discover something new such as a different feature, or hear something new. I love to listen to all kinds of music and the music that you can create with this app falls into its own genre. The organic sounds created mesmerize me. The repetition almost forces you to pick out meaning and familiar music in the seemingly random notes. I was surprised the other day to hear the app begin to play a piece that I had composed and cleared long ago. I was pleasantly surprised to be brought back to something that had been forgotten. The music that I create with this app plays in my head even when I'm not listening. It is a very calming and worthwhile experience to purchase this. The sounds are like no other.
I don't get it...
This app is the perfect example of a good idea that has been poorly executed. It has the semblance of ingenuity but you are basically listening to and/or watching colored circular representations of random notes which are mostly dissonant and therefore slightly unnerving. The repetitive nature of the sounds is creepy rather than relaxing. Maybe if it played well known classical music it would be better. The mood names are unfamiliar and seem pretentious. Ylang? Really? The colors are about the only redeeming quality to the app. I had one of those disco lights that would keep time with the music about 40 years ago - I liked it better. Can someone take this "diamond in the rough" and make something useful out of it?
- Category: Music
- Updated: Mar 28, 2011
- Version: 2.1.1
- Size: 13.3 MB
- Languages: English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
- Seller: Opal Limited
- © 2008 Opal Limited
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.