Scape makes music that thinks for itself. From Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers, creators of Bloom, Scape is a new form of album which offers users deep access to its musical elements. These can be endlessly recombined to behave intelligently: reacting to each other, changing mood together, making new sonic spaces.
Can machines create original music? Scape is our answer to that question: it employs some of the sounds, processes and compositional rules that we have been using for many years and applies them in fresh combinations, to create new music. Scape makes music that thinks for itself.
- Brian Eno, Peter Chilvers
Includes 15 original scapes
Scapes can be saved into a gallery and added to a playlist
Plays in background of other apps (excluding iPad 1)
Generates random scapes
Scapes can be shared by email
Supports AirPlay and Retina display
Headphones or external speakers recommended
Updated for iOS 11 only.
Ratings and Reviews
Bit of a "black box"...
...but nice enough generative sounds. As other reviewers have mentioned, it might be nice to know what's going on behind the scenes but perhaps that would destroy the mystery!
Sounds like source material from Eno's many installation works, combined with 88 Million Paintings and Bloom.
Definitely blurs the line between album, app and installation art...
Ambient, generative, musical, creative, meditative
Anyone who likes Eno's ambient music (or his collaborators like Budd or Hassell) should get this app. As other reviewers have pointed out, the inbuilt "presets" mean you basically get an Eno album for free.
The app works by allowing you to add visual objects and backgrounds to the screen which correspond to audio elements (drones, synth pads, drums, brief note sequences). The elements interact and change over time. You can then string these together as a "playlist" to create the equivalent of an ambient album where individual ambient tracks fade n and out of each other.
I use this app all the time. As in every day. In a noisy workplace like mine, it's brilliant to push out unwanted background noise and replace it with an ambient that I find very beneficial for concentration and studying. If, like so many of us, you're stuck in an environment where you can't control the background hubbub (which for me os a constant low level irritation) then this is worth a try. I plan to use it next time I'm on a long plane trip.
Still as good as ever.
If you like ambient music then this remains the app of choice. While not easily understood it is nonetheless easy to use and creating an album of soothing sounds is as simple as placing images on a background you have chosen from a palette to suit your mood. Allowing infinite tweaking, this app enables you to match and then modify your frame of mind. Enjoy!
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.