Brian Eno : Reflection
By Opal Limited
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REFLECTION is the most recent of my Ambient experiments and represents the most sophisticated of them so far. My original intention with Ambient music was to make endless music, music that would be there as long as you wanted it to be. I wanted also that this music would unfold differently all the time - ‘like sitting by a river’: it’s always the same river, but it’s always changing. But recordings - whether vinyl, cassette or CD - are limited in length, and replay identically each time you listen to them. So in the past I was limited to making the systems which make the music, but then recording 30 minutes or an hour and releasing that. REFLECTION in its album form - on vinyl or CD - is like this. But the app by which REFLECTION is produced is not restricted: it creates an endless and endlessly changing version of the piece of music.
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What's New in Version 1.0.3
As a result of the Brexit-related fall in value of the British pound Apple have increased the prices of all apps sold in the UK by 25%. While we always intended REFLECTION to be a premium priced app, we feel this increase makes it too expensive, so we will take the hit in order to keep the British price to the consumer at its original level.
In other territories this decision will translate into a reduced price for the app.
As a thank you to everyone who has supported the REFLECTION app, we are adding a free surprise downloadable gift to it for a limited time. To access it, simply update REFLECTION in the App Store and follow the instructions when you open the app on your device. The download will be available until 28th February.
Serene, sober, rewarding.
I bought the app on the first day of release, and I've had a lot of pleasure from it; on the occasional day I've worked from home I've left it running for up to seven hours and, at low volumes, it really does create a calming work environment. At louder volumes, however, it's almost too engaging to be truly considered ambient music, but this is not really a criticism.
I baulked at the price at first but a bit of perspective helps: when Eno released "Thursday Afternoon" in 1985 it retailed at a price that was comparable to about £31. in today's money, the accompanying video cost even more, and the necessary hardware was still new and, consequently, really expensive. That only lasted an hour as well, whereas "Reflection" - which is a more rewarding piece - lasts forever.
Music has been devalued by its cheapness, and I think it's good that "Reflection" been confidently priced; art should feel as if it's worth something.
Love the music but where are my free downloads?
I have entered. My email address three times to receive the free downloads but not received any email with a download code. Is it because I have .com email address? I am in UK. Please provide download.
Love the app by the way.
I have all the sound apps produced by the ENO/Chilvers team. I like them all. Reflection does have a puzzlingly hefty price tag and I'm not sure if the app warrants it. With Bloom, Scape and the rest there is some sense of self-creation - some element of interaction. Not here. The colour-design changes over time along with the music which, I'm led to understand endlessly ebbs and flows over the years.
I am typing this review whilst listening to the (free) Longplayer app. This sublime composition will be playing, with any luck, until 23:59 in 2999 with no repetition. Longplayer is a gift to the world.
So well done. Very well done. I'm just a little disappointed at the steep price-gradient compared to the other apps in the 'series'.
- Category: Music
- Updated: 02 February 2017
- Version: 1.0.3
- Size: 112 MB
- Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
- Developer: Opal Limited
- © 2016 Opal Limited
Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.Apple TV: Yes