Brian Eno’s Bloom gets its 9th update since 2008

Which is not a lot of updates. When Bloom arrived back in 2008 it was a pretty amazing event. It was a little bit of a toy, but it was an app from Brian Eno, and that was pretty amazing on a mobile phone.

Now of course he has a lot of different apps including, Air, Bloom HD (the iPad version of this app), Scape, Trope and of course his latest, Reflection.

Whilst it is of course good to see an update, especially after just over two years for Bloom, it would be nice to see a little more than:

“Fixed a bug in iOS 10 that could cause playback and the Sleep Timer to accelerate when Play in Background is switched off.
Added an AirPlay button to the Settings screens.”

Still, at least it’s something.

Brian Eno’s ‘Reflection’ app is back in the UK store again, cheaper, and here’s why

I’d noticed that Reflection had gone from the UK store, and now it’s back there’s a reason from the developer. Here’s what they’ve got to say:

“As a result of the Brexit-related fall in value of the British pound Apple have increased the prices of all apps sold in the UK by 25%. While we always intended REFLECTION to be a premium priced app, we feel this increase makes it too expensive, so we will take the hit in order to keep the British price to the consumer at its original level.

In other territories this decision will translate into a reduced price for the app.

As a thank you to everyone who has supported the REFLECTION app, we are adding a free surprise downloadable gift to it for a limited time. To access it, simply update REFLECTION in the App Store and follow the instructions when you open the app on your device. The download will be available until 28th February.”

Brian Eno’s Reflection app now down to £30.99 (was £39.99) on the app store:

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:

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