By Opal Limited
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Scape makes music that thinks for itself. From Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers, creators of Bloom, Scape is a new form of album which offers users deep access to its musical elements. These can be endlessly recombined to behave intelligently: reacting to each other, changing mood together, making new sonic spaces.
Can machines create original music? Scape is our answer to that question: it employs some of the sounds, processes and compositional rules that we have been using for many years and applies them in fresh combinations, to create new music. Scape makes music that thinks for itself.
- Brian Eno, Peter Chilvers
Includes 15 original scapes
Scapes can be saved into a gallery and added to a playlist
Plays in background of other apps (excluding iPad 1)
Generates random scapes
Scapes can be shared by email
Supports AirPlay and Retina display
Headphones or external speakers recommended
What's New in Version 1.0.1
Major bug fix - prevents crash on start up for non-English speaking European countries.
Really enjoyable both to configure, use and listen to
I've never bought an app like this (not that there probably are that many!) but I read a couple of interviews online with Eno and was intrigued.
Basically you are given musical 'building blocks' to assemble to create soundscapes. Each building block does (may?) contain its own set of rules about how it sounds which can vary depending on time, what else is on the screen and so on. This means that from one launch to the next, the soundscape may be identical to last time or subtly different - what Eno calls 'generative music'. Genius!
As you use the app more, more building blocks become available to use in your assemblages - some are 'moods', some are background sounds which can be overlaid with each other and then objects of different types may be freely combined as you wish. The combinations are probably infinite.
You can play the existing scapes supplied by Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers or save your own creations and then assemble them into playlists.
Not only are the created sounds ambient, chilled, fluid and often hypnotic but the entire app itself is animated in a slow, sliding gliding sort of way that complements it perfectly. The music also plays itself in a subtle visual way as a bonus on top of what you hear.
Wonderful stuff indeed. I love it.
Beautiful and Amazing
This one of the most rewarding and incredible musical experiences I personally have ever had. I have many many music apps and have found this to be the most intuitive and easy to use so far. You don't need to know about musical theory to make beautiful scapes with this. Had this only one day and have created more than forty of my own scapes, and it keeps evolving on it's own, adding more elements and backgrounds. Iv'e also discovered that I can run Scape in the background and run other apps with it.
This may not be for everyone, but anyone seeking tranquility and beauty and yeah sometimes very dark and sinister ambient music this would be very very hard to beat...Mr Chivers and Mr Eno have done a remarkable job here and one can only hope that more is added in the future to this truly sublime app..
I love the Bloom app and, to be honest, thought this one would be a poor sequel as it were. I could not have been more wrong.
Scape takes the Bloom concept much further. The sounds and atmospheres can be crafted into a seemingly endless ambient soundscape.
Now you can have a Brian Eno album playing while you work that only shifts and tilts when your mood desires it. It also ends when you decide to move on, which can be 5 minutes or 7 hours later.
I use it on my long commute on headphones but also set a pattern up and have it running through my amp at home. Sometimes I change the Scape, other times I let it evolve naturally.
If you love Brian Eno and enjoy creating and listening to music you will probably get as much out of this as I have.
- Category: Music
- Updated: 25 September 2012
- Version: 1.0.1
- Size: 199 MB
- Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
- Developer: Opal Limited
- ℗ & © Opal Ltd. 2012
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.