Wotja Pro 2017 – Generative Music & Cut-up Text 4.2 arrived

As a long time fan of Intermorphic’s work it’s nice to see the development of their apps into Wotja (pro and subscription). With version 4.2 they’ve brought in the functionality from Liptikl (an app I had a lot of fun with) directly into Wotja. This is pretty cool. Everything is now in one place and it makes a lot of sense.

Anyway, they can explain it much better than I can. Here’s what they’ve got to say about version 4.2.

NEW CUT-UP TEXT FEATURE:
The Cut-Up Text Editor app that was branded Liptikl 2 for iOS is now fully integrated into Wotja and accessible via a new “Words” tab. It can be useful for helping to break “Writer’s Block” and is a great fit for the reflective music that Wotja creates. Amongst many other things it can randomly select words drawn from a word pool comprising up to 5 different bodies of text and/or an editable User Word Library and/or an editable Wotja Word Bank. Of the cut-up it creates, it lets you lock words you want to keep before you randomise again and lets you select on-screen cut-up alternatives to quickly change single words. See the updated Wotja User Guide.

  • The 3 Cut-Up sub-views (Sources, Create, Cut-ups) are selected via a segment control at the top in the Words tab.
  • Wotja can open Liptikl files (for it to find them just copy them to your Wotja iCloud folder) but an *active subscription tier is required for the Liptikl File data to be utilised or resaved*.
  • Liptikl files display with special red icon until resaved.
  • Once resaved as a Wotja file, the thumbnail shows the cut-up text in red on a white background (i.e. the standard Liptikl colour scheme) meaning they will start-off look pretty much as they did in Liptikl for iOS.
  • When a new Random Mix is created any TTM voice can now be populated with random words coming from the user-editable Wotja Word Bank, the number of words being added determined by two new Randomization properties found in Randomisation Settings.
  • The TTM Text Editor (Voices > TTM > Text) now includes a powerful Randomise facility that lets you either Shuffle Words (those already there), Shuffle Text (jumble up the characters) or populate with new Random Words, these being selected by the ITE from a word pool consisting of the user-editable Wotja Word Bank and any Sources or optional Word Library you might have configured for that file.

CHANGES / IMPROVEMENTS:

  • Design tab moved to far left and Design tab moved to far right.
  • Now we’ve included Words tab for the Cut-Up Editor, the TTM icon in Design Screen panel selector has been changed to better represent TTM (Text to Music).
  • So you can set what text is shown in the File thumbnail we changed the “Text” button in the Display Tab to display a pop up menu: “Show Text from TTM Voices”, “Show Text from Words” and “Change Text Color”. When “Show Text from TTM Voices” is selected, you can prevent that text from displaying in Voices > TTM > Display.
  • To make it easier to create interesting new mixes right from the off, the Templates screen “Random?” toggle defaults to on for a new installation and with Paks “WJ4 TTM Players” and “WJ4 Gen Backings” selected.

NOTES:

  • We have yet to figure-out how to make the locking of words in the Words “Cut-Up” section accessible to VoiceOver users. That might take a while to resolve.

SUGGESTIONS?
Please provide them via our forum or through our website contact form. We’re always improving Wotja, so thanks for your support and interest!

BUNDLES
We have created a iOS bundle to help aid Noatikl, Mixtkl, Liptikl for iOS and previous bundle customers who may be considering whether or not to transition to Wotja Pro 2017 for iOS, a *non-subscription version* of Wotja. See https://intermorphic.com/bundles.

WotJa Pro on the app store:

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.

Wotja 4.0 brings the best of Mixtikl, Noatikl into one place

As a long time fan of Intermorphic’s work I’ve been waiting for this for a very long time. I didn’t get it initially, but when the guys at Intermorphic explained it to me I got there, and now it’s here.

Here are all the details:

Wotja is our chilled-out music app for creative relaxation & reflection. In V4 Wotja has grown up to be a powerful app for generative music composition, experimentation and playback as it now incorporates much of the best of Noatikl, Mixtikl and Tiklbox.

Create a new random mix and add some of your own text or emoji and it will create a beautiful evolving melodies with live ambient generative music backings. Wotja has support for 16 tracks in total, each comprising 4 cells and includes lots of templates. It’s as deep as you want to take it and does way more than we have room to say here so do check out the User Guide!

For FREE you have access to everything in the app (including mix randomisation, templates, editors etc.) and can create, play, save and share. We have a very simple approach to IAP (see below).

So, if you’ve a few minutes to spare then why not take a short creative break with Wotja? It makes a refreshing change from other kinds of entertainment such as playing a game!

WHAT IS IT?
Wotja is a 16 track generative mixer, arranger and cell sequencer. It includes many generative music templates and supports Core MIDI / Virtual MIDI Out/In as well as Inter-App Audio and Audiobus. At its core are two powerful engines: the MIDI generating Intermorphic Music Engine (IME) with 130+ parameters and the sound generating Intermorphic Sound Engine (ISE). The ISE lets you design/use portable complex stereo synth networks – great for rich and evolving sounds in shareable pieces – and supports SoundFonts (SF2) / DLS Wavetables and use of audio loops in Paks. It includes many modulatable sound units, FX units and quality SF2.

USE IT TO…

  • Create and play high quality, royalty-free, totally custom generative music / soundscapes: ambient, drone, relaxation, mindfulness, experimental etc. throught to beat-based loop-tastic EDM mashups using your own or 3rd party loops and SF2.
  • Help break composer’s block with new melodies & ideas
  • Experiment with generative (MIDI) music composition
  • Drive other MIDI synths
  • Experiment with sound design using the many included ISE Sound and FX units
  • Build a hyper-instrument responding to MIDI note input
  • Quickly create melodies using your text as a seed

REFLECTIVE & GENERATIVE MUSIC PUBLISHING AND PLAYBACK
Wotja is a powerful reflective & generative music publishing system. Be creative: see how far you can take a wotja as an art form. Share your creations via email or try embedding a Wotja URL (WJURL) in a webpage! Go ahead, express yourself…

LIMITATIONS

  • FREE – Play Time: 1 minute; Save/Export – Cell 1 ONLY; MIDI Out/In: Ch 1 ONLY;

IN APP SUBSCRIPTION TIERS

  • ESSENTIALS ($4.99) – Play Time: Up to 1 hour; Save/Export: All Cells in Column 1
  • PRO ($14.99) – Play Time: Up to 8 hr 53 mins; Save/Export: All Cells in all Columns; MIDI Out/In: Multi-channel

SUBSCRIPTION NOTES

  • Prices above shown for US region.
  • Each Subscription Period is 6 months, auto-renewing (it is *EASY* to turn off auto-renewal if you want to).
  • Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase. Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period. Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user’s Account Settings after purchase.

 

USER GUIDE & FORUM

FURTHER NOTES

  • If you make and share a wotja make sure you don’t infringe the copyright of others.
  • Wotja needs to be installed to play a Wotja File or Wotja Music URL.

FEEDBACK?
Please send it to @intermorphic on Twitter, via our forum or through our website contact form. We’re always improving Wotja, so thanks for your support and interest!

What’s New

In V4 Wotja has grown up to be a powerful app for generative music composition, experimentation and playback.

It’s great fun and now incorporates much of the best of Noatikl, Mixtikl and Tiklbox.

We really hope you will like all the new features and capabilities and wish to explore our app as it begins a new journey!

Intermorphic is 10 today

I’ve known about the work that Intermorphic have been doing for longer than 10 years, but today they celebrate their decade. That’s an impressive achievement. Ten years is a long time in the mobile world and not many people can lay claim to the same.

They’ve made some amazing apps, Mixtikl, Noatikl, Wotja, and liptikl. But I go back longer than that and remember where they started with miniMIXA for Windows Mobile.

I hope that Intermorphic have a long and positive future ahead. They already have big plans for 2017, and if you want to know more about what’s coming and also what’s gone before then you should read the interview I did with them at the very end of 2016.

Well done chaps, and all the best for 2017 and beyond!

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:

Lots of things happening over at miniMIXA

There have been a few notes out from Tim Cole about the site consolidation at Tao. It seems that miniMixa is evolving into a platform which will comprise a variety of new applications:

miniMIXA Application Suite

The intent miniMIXA suite of modular, commercial quality applications, provide powerful and easy-to-use music and media mixing software applications (including the BAFTA award winning mobile music mixer) for smartphones, Pocket PC / PDA and XP desktop, comprising:

  • miniMIXA RingtoneDJ
  • miniMIXA MusicDJ
  • miniMIXA MoBlogger

Here’s a little bit more about each.

miniMIXA™ RingtoneDJ

miniMIXA™ RingtoneDJ provides an easy to use, personalised ringtone mixer.

  • Easy to use interface lets users mix, save and perform their own great sounding audio or MIDI ringtone
  • Range of over 20 different global, high quality live sound FX including reverb, chorus, filter, compressor, EQ, delay
  • Up to 12 independent audio channels: each with volume control, track FX, loop on/off
  • Key presses or Navkey are used to create and control mixes simply, quickly and easily
  • User configurable key press and navkey operation for maximum flexibility, e.g. loop on/off, select content, track fx
  • Content formats include audio, MIDI and modular synthesizer, depending on configuration
  • Auto pitch-shift & time-stretch allow mixing and matching of content “on the fly” from different MIXApaks
  • High quality user selectable output in mono or stereo, and up to CD quality (device dependent)
  • Audio & MIDI recordings can be emailed, depending on configuration & content
  • Recordings include audio, MIDI, key strokes and microphone (users can make and mix in their own per-track mic recordings)

miniMIXA™ MusicDJ (this one is most like the current miniMixa as far as I can tell)

miniMIXA™ MusicDJ turns a mobile phone into a portable recording studio, enabling the delivery of advanced personalised interactive music services and live ‘DJ’ performances.

  • Powerful, yet easy to use UI lets prosumers and DJs create, mix, sequence & perform 12 track music on a mobile
  • 4 cells can be sequenced, locked and triggered for each of the audio channels
  • Each track features a volume control, track FX and track rules including spot cell, randomise and shuffle
  • Columns of cells can be looped / soloed, and allow up to 48 samples to be loaded simultaneously (memory dependent)
  • Range of over 20 different global, high quality live sound FX including reverb, chorus, filter, compressor, EQ, delay
  • Content formats include audio, MIDI and modular synthesizer, depending on configuration
  • Manual and auto pitch-shift & time-stretch allow mixing and matching of content “on the fly” from different MIXApaks
  • High quality user selectable output in mono or stereo, and up to CD quality (device dependent)
  • Real time Sound FX and Synth sound editor tool
  • Recordings include Audio, MIDI and microphone (users can make and mix in their own mic recordings)

miniMIXA™ MoBlogger

miniMIXA™ MoBlogger turns a mobile phone into a powerful, easy to use mobile blogger enabling users to create stunning, high quality video blogs on their phone from a range of multimedia elements. Order selected images and video clips and choose transitions, perhaps record some accompanying personal voice commentary, maybe add in a backing music track to create a mood and even apply some “spot” sound FX for fun. Then export the resulting multimedia production to a video clip.

  • Lets a user easily create and preview stunning, high quality video blogs on their phone
  • User can select and time order images and video clips, record multiple independent voice commentaries, add backing music and apply multiple “spot” sound FX, depending on product configuration
  • Includes over 20 user selectable image transitions including fades, wipes, checkerboard, cross fades
  • “Ducking” compressor makes for “pro” voice overs, through attenuating backing track level according to mic recording level
  • User adjustable volume levels, global transitions etc. and range of user configurable options
  • Resulting multimedia production is exported to a video clip, format depending on miniMIXA configuration
  • Supports add on theme packs (MIXApaks) including sound FX, animations, backing tracks, images, video clips and picture frames
  • Exported video clip can be uploaded to UGC site, depending on product configuration/integration
  • FX and backing track audio formats can include audio, MIDI and synth; user backing music tracks could be made with MusicDJ or RingtoneDJ

Although I could find no way to access any of these applications as yet, they sound very impressive indeeed. If you try going to the store on the site it doesn’t seem to be there, so there is no current way to even buy the previous version of miniMIXA, I am hoping that these new apps will be available to download and buy rather than just be available to hardware vendors. It would be a shame if they weren’t made available to purchase.

I’ll see what else I can find out…

Madmixer

Madwaves made the madplayer (now discontinued). Now they’re making a software version called madmixer.

And, you ask?

Well, the hardware version (madplayer) wasn’t that bad at all. In fact it was quite handy to use if you were short of a little musical inspiration. It generated music using algorithms in different styles.

That’s what the “madmixer” application will do too. However, they’re porting it to Java so it may run on a Treo. If it does I may well try out a copy and see if it is worthwhile.

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