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Trope, designed by ambient pioneer Brian Eno and musician / software designer Peter Chilvers, expands further on the ideas introduced by Bloom, their acclaimed iPhone application.  Darker in tone, Trope immerses users in endlessly evolving soundscapes created by tracing abstract shapes onto the screen, varying the tone with each movement.

Recommended for headphones and external speakers.

"Trope is a different emotional experience from Bloom - more introspective, more atmospheric. It shows that generative music, as one of the newest forms of sonema, can draw on a broad palette of moods." - Brian Eno

What's New in Version 1.3

Trope has been given a complete interface redesign for iOS 8. It is now a Universal app, and runs natively on the iPad as well as the iPhone.


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Customer Reviews


Hasn't been updated in forever - I love this app

Self evolving soundscapes

Elegant app, sonically and visually. Why this stokes deep associations I don't expect to know.

No lack of craft.

Decent for some time

Could be much more representative of Eno's style of music creation. The tones are limited, there is no way to modify the attack of sounds or to make them last. Also there seems to be no way to switch off the random background noises that happen without the users control. Could be a great thing. I like the panning function where the sound is placed left or right depending on where on the screen you click. In Bloom it is much more intuitive to get used to the different moods (I understand they are just different modes of different keys as well as different colors). By 'get used to' I mean learning what each one actually changes and using it in combination with the echo in order to make interesting modulations and stuff of that nature. And there are 12 moods, like zodiac, that's cool. I feel like I have barely any control with Trope. Bloom is better for me in that respect, though I feel bloom is limited too. Cool stuff, but I'll stick to listening to Eno.

Sorry but it just feels like Eno and Chilvers threw together a near interesting low grade simulation of ambient music that's prettier than it is usable and marketed it as four separate apps. That's genius I guess, and I'm gonna use it now that I spent the money on it. But for anyone looking for usability and playability, turn around and get something else. If you're looking to relax and help fall asleep, get this. Or just listen to Eno. Okay. That's it. I don't know if I said everything but that doesn't matter much. Goodbye.

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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $3.99
  • Category: Music
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.3
  • Size: 26.7 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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