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.

What’s New

Version 1.1

Now supports background play.
Airplay issue fixed.
Swipes from outside screen no longer register as notes.

Headphones and external speakers recommended.

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Bustedflat ,

Endless variations

I am only a few hours into using Bloom but it’s a fascinating app. If you have any interest at all into Eno’s ambient music, I urge you to give Bloom a try.
The sound choices are vast and the visuals perfectly complement the music.
Essentially you are generating a note by touching the screen. Said note decays and repeats for a period of time. Choose one or two notes, add to those, use two three or four fingers to get chords almost. Different areas of the screen give you different note choices. It’s endless. 10 different screens to choose as well. All with different musics.
It’s gorgeous and addictive !!!

CJ in TO ,

Stunning update

I’ve always loved the original Bloom app, and it was the driving force behind me getting an iPad in the first place. But this update is miles ahead, and looks amazingly good when put through an Apple TV.. what we have here is a super creative music app that has few rivals… Congrats on an astoundingly good piece of software!

mrym9m ,

Good, but...

Can’t run it in the background? Limits its usefulness tremendously.

Developer Response ,

As of version 1.1, Bloom 10: Worlds will continue to play in the background. We'd hoped to have that feature in the original release, but there were a number of technical challenges that needed to be overcome first.


Opal Limited
73.7 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



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  • Family Sharing

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