Bloom: 10 Worlds

Bloom: 10 Worlds

By Opal Limited

  • Category: Music
  • Release Date: 2018-12-07
  • Current Version: 1.1
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 70.25 MB
  • Developer: Opal Limited
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
Score: 4
4
From 37 Ratings

Description

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. Each subsequent world unlocks automatically, introducing new combinations of sounds, shapes, colours and rules of behaviour. 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 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.

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Reviews

  • Love it

    5
    By IslanderStu
    I love this app. The added richness over the original Bloom app really makes for great listening and playing. I enjoy that each “world” is revealed only after you’ve experienced the prior ones. It’s a nice touch that encourages listening over “world surfing”. The app is not for everyone but for folks who enjoy pleasant background sounds -not to mention the ability to create your own music - it’s quite worthwhile.
  • Update: No background audio FIXED

    5
    By Private Parts Please
    Update: it now plays in the background. Thank you very much, developers! It now feels like a nice little ambient audio experiment while I do other things on my iPhone, which is lovely. Thank you. It makes some nice tranquil sounds I would like to listen to without staring at the screen, but the playback halts immediately when app goes to background. Including when in autoplay and timer mode, no background audio possible! The developer’s website states that all heir apps support background play but not finding it to be the case with Bloom 10, what a shame...
  • 1000% better now it plays in background:)

    5
    By DevonStation
    I put on my headphones start a cool tune then enjoy reading stuff on my device with awesome meditation sounds in the back ... Totally recommend getting this app... Thank you for the great update.
  • Thank you for the background audio.

    4
    By AntSev
    The next thing on my wish list would be to be able to control the “density” (how close together the notes are sounded). Air had this functionality. In that way, the sounds could be more “sparse” - for meditative purposes. Oh, and to those that want it to be like Scape - well it’s called Bloom 10 - Scape 10 is three years away! But seriously, perhaps in the meantime, the developers could make a “combination mode” where a person picks a sound from one of the ten Bloom worlds, places it on the screen, then chooses the next sound, places it, etc. That would certainly introduce considerably more variety. Then again, perhaps that is just not what Eno/Chilvers intended this app to be. Peace.
  • BG Audio update

    3
    By doug funnie
    Wow, going into their code and checking a box for adding background play only took 2.5 months. Review improved to 3 stars as a result. A nice revisit of Bloom, but absolutely pales next to the scope and ambition of Scape, which I honestly thing may be Brian Eno's most impressive work of all.
  • AirPlay?

    2
    By KenF225
    Not only does this not work in the background, it won’t play via AirPlay either, so unless you physically plug it in you’ll have the settle with listening through your iPad speakers.
  • Excellent update

    4
    By Lordradish
    I love the different tonalities. As others have mentioned, background audio would be nice. Although I certainly wouldn’t want this to turn into some multi featured complex app, a simple record feature, which could easily integrate into the few menu options, would make this perfect, as, sometimes i make a sequence that is so nice, I’d like to be able to listen to it again in its entirety. Audiobus and such isn’t really needed, but a simple record would be great.
  • my first app, now revised

    5
    By fisherKing3k
    a decade ago, i bought bloom for my ipod touch, turned a lot of people on to it. the new bloom is amazing, a lovely update to a great app. ive only just begun to explore it, but it’s beautiful. a few days later, and am loving this; a great app to get lost in, & some great sound & visuals. glad to see this updated, reinvented.
  • Meh

    2
    By 45bhz
    There isn’t much todo and the worlds are essentially the same. Save your cash.
  • A bit harsh

    3
    By ChicagoSlim1957
    I found the tones to be harsh and not very tranquil. Interactivity with the screen and it’s artwork were a bit dull as well. I thought Trope was a much better platform.

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