By Opal Limited
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Bloom, the acclaimed app by ambient pioneer Brian Eno and musician / software designer Peter Chilvers has been fully reworked to take advantage of the iPad’s larger screen.
As part of the first wave of applications for the iPhone and iPod touch in 2008, Bloom redefined musical boundaries. 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 HD preserves the sounds and features of the original version, but adds a stylish new interface which allows the user to fully immerse themselves in the fullscreen experience or to continue to play on a smaller area while adjusting controls.
"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
- Classic, Infinite and Freestyle modes
- 12 different mood settings
- 3 sounds
- Random mood shuffle
- Adjustable delay
- Evolve when idle
- Sleep Timer
Recommended for headphones or external speakers.
What's New in Version 1.1.1
Bug fix: Removed clicking noises introduced by iOS 4.3
Improved polyphony - but it sounds best played sparsely!
Very boring, very quick
The idea behind the app is wonderful and the possibilities are limitless, but for a developer named Opal Limited, they've designed at app that lives up to their name. What appears on the surface to a zen-like and charming ambient sound/music generator, turns out to be a trick-pony with a big name (Eno) attached to lend credibility. After about 12 minutes with this app, you'll be looking for options, or customizations, or other sounds, or anything to take the experience to some other level... Except there's nothing there. Imagine buying a game with only one, simplistic level. It would get old real fast. That's Bloom. I thought this would great for me, as I love ambient music and Eno's work, as well as my 10-year old daughter, but without any kind of options or ability to really change things (beyond a slight color shifting of the background and a barely noticeable alteration of the musical bed), we were both left with a big, "meh." For the money, I recommend buying the GarageBand app, where you can create layers of sound, play instruments, record, and have a lot of fun. Or, just buy an Eno CD, if there were a way to return an app for a refund, Bloom would be gone for us. For now, it sits on our iPad, unused and unloved. Again, the possibilities for something fantastic were there, but Opal Limited never really let's Bloom bloom the way it could have. Just my two cents. Cheers.
Great concept, beautiful sounds. A fine tool for teaching patience and love of randomness. Thank you for NOT having a "save" function; every moment is different, and that is something worth experiencing in a world that records everything. Like the old saying goes, "You can't step into the same river twice".
Beautiful but woefully crude
Nice sounds and inventive idea but the inability to reocord/capture performances makes this a toy and not a tool. I'm a music pro and was hoping for more...especially considering the developers. my heart sank as I came up with a great piece, only to know that I couldn't ever use it. I'm sure Mr. Eno would explain that I'm missing the point. Oh, also this needs an undo so you could build pieces by trial and error. Oh wait, you can't record performances. pro version pls, go ahead and charge me more.
- Category: Music
- Updated: Mar 15, 2011
- Version: 1.1.1
- Size: 12.9 MB
- Languages: English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
- Seller: Opal Limited
- © 2010 Opal Limited
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPad.