Brian Eno is someone that is interesting as a person and also credited with being the originator of Ambient music did one app/music release called Bloom in the early days of mobile apps but alas only for iOS which hurt...
But now there is a improved and expanded and we have Bloom:10 and it sounds promising.
The video is good to hear what the creators have to say about this.
Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers are pleased to announce Bloom: 10 Worlds – a developed, augmented and expanded new edition of 2008’s game-changing original Bloom app, which explored uncharted territory in the realm of applications and was dubbed “The First Great iPhone App” by Gizmodo.
Requiring no musical or technical ability, the egalitarian and user-friendly Bloom app enabled anyone of any age to create music, simply by touching the screen. Part instrument, part composition and part artwork, Bloom’s innovative controls allowed users to create elaborate patterns and unique melodies by simply tapping the screen. A generative music player took over when Bloom was left idle, creating an infinite selection of compositions and their accompanying visualisations.
Bloom: 10 Worlds is a reimagining of the original – not simply a remaster. If the original Bloom was a single, then this would be an album. The widely broadened palette of sounds and images can be experienced via 10 new ‘worlds’, each exploring a new direction for Bloom. The first world the user encounters is an echo of the original app, with circles appearing where the user taps, while the later worlds each introduce new combinations of sounds, shapes, colours and rules of behaviour.
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Praise for Bloom: 10 Worlds
"Few apps are truly iconic. Bloom was, and now its story lives on in this impressive and necessary follow-up." Stuff TV
Praise for the original Bloom
“The very first iPhone apps were universally dull. And then Bloom came out. It was immediately obvious that something special was happening. The app was interesting on an artistic level – one that made you reconsider the relationship between technology and music. It raised the bar for musical iPhone apps.” Gizmodo
“Hypnotic and ludicrously addictive.” The Guardian
“A relaxing alternative to just about anything else you can do with an iPhone.” Wired
Brian Eno – musician, producer, visual artist, thinker and activist – first came to international prominence as a founding member of Roxy Music, and immediately followed with a series of critically-praised, pioneering and influential solo albums – including the soon-to-be-reissued Discreet Music, Music For Films, Music For Airports and On Land. His visionary production includes albums with David Bowie, Talking Heads, Devo, Laurie Anderson and Coldplay, whilst his long list of collaborations includes recordings with John Cale, David Byrne, Grace Jones and James Blake. Equally notable are his highly-acclaimed visual experiments with light and video, which have been exhibited all over the globe – from the Venice Biennale and the Marble Palace in St. Petersburg to Beijing’s Ritan Park and the sails of the Sydney Opera House.
Eno began collaborating with musician / software designer Peter Chilvers on Will Wright’s computer game Spore. Their shared interest in generative music rapidly lead to the development of a prototype for Bloom in 2008. In the intervening decade, they experimented further with the field, expanding their catalogue of apps with Trope, Scape and Reflection. In that time Chilvers has also acted as an engineer and technical advisor to Eno on a number of other projects. A series of multi-speaker installations around the world laid the groundwork for 2016’s The Ship, and they premiered Bloom: Open Space, a mixed reality installation in Amsterdam in 2018.
In addition to his work with Eno, Chilvers co-founded the Burning Shed label and online store, toured with Underworld’s Karl Hyde as keyboardist and musical director, and has recorded instrumental albums and collaborations with vocalist Tim Bowness.
Ambient Online is a very good source for Ambient musicians and they have a yearly compilation of music made, so if composing in the genre go here and read all about it:
This is all pre fixed and there is not much to do except put the sounds to be triggered in different ways, but it sounds great and think that to kickstart or get some ideas for ambient works it functions just fine.
An ominous sound toy.
"Drone Tone seems especially good at invoking slow movements made of terror—Freddy Krueger dragging his razors across the metal sheets of an abandoned factory type stuff. If you want to tap into your darker side then it's a surefire way of doing that."
It looked more exciting than it was but posting it anyway as maybe someone would find it useful and it is for free... So it is a rain generator with some parameters that can be changed as how far away etc. It would be nice to have something like this that was better as it could fit into a lot of scenarios and to be able to change the sound on the fly is great. Unfortunately this one does not have enough depth to it...
Google Play info:
The app might support your relaxation , such as good sleep, meditation, etc.You can change the soundscape by yourself.
_/_/ Main function _/_/
_/ RAIN DROPS _/
Volume, interval changes at random on the basis of the set value.
_/ RAIN and WIND _/
_/_/ Other function _/_/
Playback in the background.
Sleep Timer: When the set time, fade out slowly and exit the app.
_/_/ Notice _/_/
We recommend to use headphones or earphones, but at the time of use, please pay attention.
You can't exit the app by the home key. Please use the back key at the app screen is displayed.
Ohhh this made me excited!!!
Not for everyone but I know a couple of regular visitors that will enjoy it for sure!
You know who you are!
Google Play info:
Earth's sounds tell an amazing story. Each soundscape recording is a snapshot of a unique place and time. Record the Earth is a global citizen science initiative to record all of the sounds around the World. Join the mission and record the sounds around you then upload them to the Global Soundscapes Archive at the Purdue University Center for Global Soundscapes. Create a profile at www.recordtheearth.org where you can listen and explore all the sounds from around the world.Citizen Science Research Participation
Record the Earth is an application for global ecological data collection. You are collecting information about the health and wellbeing of the planet through sound and helping researchers understand human's connection to soundscapes. What are sounds that you love, what are sounds that you hate. Which sounds could indicate a the arrival of a new season. Your mission is to go out and record the sounds around the earth, describe and tag them. Then sign up online to rate, share, sort, and explore the data being collected from around the world and save your favorites sounds to your own soundscape playlist.
The default recording format is AAC-3 min maximum. While AAC recordings on certain devices playback perfectly on our website, they failed to play on the device due to differences in manufacturer specifications for this reason there is a secondary WAV-1 min recording profile. Future updates will allow changing between profiles, currently Samsung devices will default to WAV-1min format.
For more information visit:
The Center for Global Soundscapes
Binaural beats is two differing frequencies being panned left and right in the stereo field, creating a third frequency.
In effect it is an auditory illusion.
For sure a lot of people reading this already have been playing around with this either as a way to aid in meditation or in high hopes of emulating the experience of illicit substances. For the ones that have not heard about binaural beats it is worth taking a look at the phenomena.
It is basically a way to program the brain into different states and a session with binaural beats can entail going from one state to another. Normally people use it for meditation but one of the more spectacular claims is that it can get you high. this have not been working for me but maybe you are one of the lucky ones! Then it is supposed that it can help your brain being more receptive for learning and many other things.
So being a meditator since a early age (sporadically I admit, maybe a month or two every day then a year can pass...) I always had an interest in this and tried one machine in a store in the late eighties. It was in a store full of people and there was roadwork going on outside. They were drilling holes into the asphalt. Still I did get into a meditative state!
Never could afford the machine but soon with computers being cheaper I have been playing with it once in a while mostly trying to get an out of body experience! (This still being an experience that have eluded me unfortunately!)
Last year was getting into heavy meditation for about four months and meditated for about one to two hours daily. Then started using binaural beats for about two weeks. After stopping this and going back to normal meditation practice I noticed that it kind of had phucked up my meditations. The quality of the meditations were worse and it was hard to get into it. Just want to mention this if any readers are meditating regularly. This probably is different from person to person but just to put it out there.
If there is an interest in meditating or at least to have some experience of what it kind of feels like it is a great short cut. Start with ten to fifteen minutes programs and sit comfortably with a straight back. And yes there is no need for sitting in a lotus position or anything else just try to empty your mind and listen to the tone being generated.
This is frequencies and tones being generated so it can also be used in music. What probably is the first thing to come to mind is mixing it into ambient music as it can enhance the listening experience and aid in getting the listener into a semi-meditative state. But why not in for example minimal techno as well or any music aiming for a trance like state.
There is a lot of binaural beats apps for Android and most of them come with already made presets, in wav and with publicity. My recommendation is Gnaural. There is a main program that is very easy to use, setting the length and the frequencies in a time chart.
The main program is for Windows/Mac/Linux and it is for free!
Then there is a Android version that have a full working version with no publicity for free or a paid version for the generous person. It is not possible to program it and it just plays the presets that have been made already. The good thing is that it is synthesizing everything in real time so it does not take any real space on the device being used. There is a lot of presets to download from the website to start to experiment with but like said to make your own is very easy.
So to change your brainwaves, read some more and download the program go to:
If you use some binaural beats in your music please let me know- firstname.lastname@example.org
Ambient Online is a active forum/community for Ambient musicians that I got to through the excellent dark ambient artist D.N.P (a user of Caustic/Virtual ANS among other Android apps).
He have contributed to some of the so called "One Sample Dare" challenges that they have every month. Now it is up to number thirtyone so it has been going for some years already!
I am working the last sample that has about one more week to go or so...
(Probably will not have time to finish but will try every month in either case...)
Here is the sample for the last challenge.
Here is the last contribution made by D.N.P
Please, pretty please make a donation to
Musical android You can do it! It will feel amazing afterwards!!!