6 comments on “Welcome to 2017, and here’s something fresh from Brian Eno”

Welcome to 2017, and here’s something fresh from Brian Eno

Of course it was only yesterday that I posted about Intermorphic and their generative journey. Now Mr Eno has released REFLECTION. As an album on CD, vinyl, or digital. The album also comes as an app too. Here’s how it’s described:

REFLECTION is the most recent of my Ambient experiments and represents the most sophisticated of them so far. My original intention with Ambient music was to make endless music, music that would be there as long as you wanted it to be. I wanted also that this music would unfold differently all the time – ‘like sitting by a river’: it’s always the same river, but it’s always changing. But recordings – whether vinyl, cassette or CD – are limited in length, and replay identically each time you listen to them. So in the past I was limited to making the systems which make the music, but then recording 30 minutes or an hour and releasing that. REFLECTION in its album form – on vinyl or CD – is like this. But the app by which REFLECTION is produced is not restricted: it creates an endless and endlessly changing version of the piece of music.

Minimum requirements:

  • iPad 3
  • iPhone 5
  • iPad mini 2
  • AppleTV (4th generation)

Of course this isn’t Mr Eno’s first adventure into app world, although the first with AppleTV too. My complaint about his previous apps is that they’ve been left without update which really annoys me. I’m hoping that the same won’t be true with this app, especially given it’s price.

REFLECTION for iOS costs $39.99 (£29.99) on the app store:

0 comments on “So it’s true, the iPad Pro is a thing … (and more about today’s various announcements)”

So it’s true, the iPad Pro is a thing … (and more about today’s various announcements)

It was what everyone said was coming, and indeed it did come along. So what will we make of it? Is it a revolution, or is it just bigger, more powerful etc? Well the specs are impressive indeed. It’s powerful. Four speakers are nice, but with the addition of the new ‘Apple Pencil’ it starts to look more and more like a Surface than an iPad. Except without an accessible file system of course. And actually how mobile will this be? It is big. Personally I’ve found the iPad Mini to be a better portable device for music making than the old format iPad. I’m not sure how this device is a step forward for mobile music making except in terms of its power.

As for Apple Pencil, didn’t someone say something about your finger being the most natural pointing device? I seem to remember that from somewhere. Are we going backwards or is this just full circle.

As you can tell, I’m not sold on the Pro as yet. Not by a long way. However, the mini 4 does look like a nice upgrade, but not an innovation. Not in my book anyway.

Then there’s the new iPhone …

Force touch, or 3D touch as we’re now calling it will bring some interesting developments, and that can only be a good thing. I like that. Faster is good too. But what does make me laugh is how Apple describes iOS9, “iOS 9 is our most advanced, intelligent and secure mobile operating system yet”. What else would it be?

Anyway, I think the new S models are a reasonable step in the right direction. I won’t be upgrading for a long time to come, but perhaps when iPhone 7 comes out.

Then there’s the Apple TV and TVOS.

I had thought that there would be more mention of iOS integration, but no. Is that not on the agenda? Did I miss something? Maybe there’ll be more to say about this later when it actually becomes available.

Of course the other news from Apple is that iOS9 is coming on the 16th. No doubt there’ll be teething problems and then a swathe of updates on apps and also problems with music making. Just normal stuff really.

There was of course the Apple Watch, but I’m not going to mention that as I don’t think that Apple sees wearables as viable for music making, and so far the attempts to do this haven’t been ground breaking. I live in hope.

In other news Native released Reaktor 6. I’d wondered if they might also announce Reaktor for iPad, or iPad Pro, at least as a player. But sadly nothing so far. Again, I live in hope.

So it’s been an eventful day. More will come out over time, but overall I’m not seeing real innovation coming forward. It doesn’t feel like that to me.

0 comments on “So will the new AppleTV land on Wednesday, and will it bring gaming to Apple’s little box?”

So will the new AppleTV land on Wednesday, and will it bring gaming to Apple’s little box?

It seems inevitable. Lots of rumours are flying around and lots of the big sites are saying that the focus of the new AppleTV is going to be games.

So will that make it a seller? Probably, but (and you’re probably sick of me saying things like this), it seems like an opportunity missed. It could be so much more. However, instead of dwelling on that thought I’d like to explore for a moment how that might be good for music making?

If the AppleTV does become a gaming platform, and in so doing an app platform in its own right, then what OS will it utilise? iOS? OSX? Well my bet will be iOS and that it will act in some way as an extension of our iPads and iPhones. Like a massive upgrade to AirPlay, or what it should be really.

Now that in itself could be a big opportunity for existing iOS apps. It could mean some interesting interface experiments between the mobile device and the TV. So, maybe I’m just being hopeful, but maybe this will be more than just a boring gaming take over from Apple (my apologies if you’re really excited about the idea of the AppleTV for gaming).

0 comments on “App Cloud Dual Screen Demo”

App Cloud Dual Screen Demo

Now, whilst I have to admit that I don’t have an Apple TV box I do think that something that allows some interesting use of dual screen could be kind of cool for music related apps, although I suppose that really stops it from being mobile doesn’t it?

I think I may have talked myself into a corner with this one.

Anyway, I’m interested to see what, if anything, developers make of this.

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