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.
“Bloom Raises the Bar for Musical iPhone Apps… if you're a fan of ambient music or music in general, you'll be wanting to get it right now” - Gizmodo
“A relaxing alternative to just about anything else you can do with an iPhone” Wired
“Hypnotic and ludicrously addictive” - Guardian
What's New in Version 3.0.1
Fixed a bug in Freestyle mode, which was causing settings to permanently stay switched off.
The Bloom icon in the bottom corner slowly fades into the background while playing.
Features from Version 3.0
Complete interface redesign for iOS 8 and all new iPhone sizes.
Slide to unlock (recommended when using the app with young children.)
"Multitasking" has been renamed to "Play in background".
Echo On / Off (Freestyle mode only.)
Lovely app, unfortunately now broken
This was one of my all-time favorite apps, a brilliant fusion of Brian Eno's ideas about "generative music" with the computing power and mobility of an iOS device, courtesy of software designer Peter Chilvers, a fine composer in his own right.
That said, the creators do seem to have lost interest. There was a compatibility update a couple of years ago, but today (running iOS 10.2.1 as I write) there are new issues and unanswered questions related to the app's internal timekeeping. The sleep timer runs too fast by a factor of ~5x to 10x. And worse, I think this problem may extend to playback as well, as the little plinks and chimes and whatnot seem rushed -- though I must stress this is wholly subjective. I've tried contacting Mr. Chilvers about this, thus far to no avail.
So enjoy -- but also, caveat emptor!
Delightful and Magical Musical Fun
Almost everyone I show this app to is delighted by the simplicity and beauty of the app. It is a pure delight to tap on the screen and make looping ambient songs. What starts out as a basic colored screen, transforms into a palette of round raindrops of music as you interact and perform with the app. And with smart intelligence built in, you can feed it a few notes and get hours of ambient background music in return.
Thx for the update!!!
Wow, I didn't think we'd ever see this app updated again. It was one of the first apps I got on my first iPhone 4 and it seemed like magic at the time. But I stopped using it when it didn't get updated for iPhone 5 and 6. What a pleasant surprise to see that it was updated! It's on my iPhone 6 and seems better than ever! Bloom is great!
- Category: Music
- Updated: Feb 03, 2015
- Version: 3.0.1
- Size: 18.7 MB
- Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
- Seller: Opal Limited
- © 2008 Opal Limited
Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.