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.
Now supports background play.
Airplay issue fixed.
Swipes from outside screen no longer register as notes.
Headphones and external speakers recommended.
Ratings and Reviews
Reinventing the wheel for a 3rd or 4th time
Brian Eno was one of the first people to popularise the idea of the generative record: a sequence of sounds that while containing similar motifs and timing, would never be the same sequence twice. Technology of the 70s-90s made this feat hard to accomplish outside of an installation setting, but “apps” and the proliferation of mobile phones and tablets (computers in your pockets) have enabled this idea to become very accessible in the 21st century.
The original Bloom was a great idea, but limited in mood and texture; “Bloom 10: worlds” enables the listener to navigate 10 environments that correspond to their mood at the time.
When this released I was frustrated by the lack of background play; the visual aspect of this app is great, but sometimes I merely want it to play in the background like a little musical automaton while I write or do some other task which requires concentration.
I hate giving anything a maximum rating because it seems almost sycophantic, but when you add the cherry on top of what was already a fine piece of cake like Bloom it seems unacceptable not to. Good job Eno/Chilvers.
The developer always tries to respond to user complaints / concerns in a way that I believe Bloom: 10 worlds will continue to improve.
rich textures for contemplation...
This may not suit everyone, why should it? If you already know the kind of thing Brian Eno has been developing since his early ambient experiments in the 70s then you will probably buy this anyway. But if you need a push to fork over the price of a CD a decade ago for an infinite audiovisual installation in your own pocket, then hear this: there are ten tracks, each distinct in texture and tone. These are spartan and luscious, and they evolve in ways that remain interesting while retaining the mood of the overall perimeters. This is true of both image and sound. There’s limited interactive possibilities with the tonal structure. It’s great if you like that sort of thing. I do.
Bloom x 10
Mesmerising. Another triumph for the Eno/Chilvers team who never disappoint. I have all of their apps - generative music is something of a must for me. Bloom was always the cleanest and purest and what they’ve done with this app is take that essential quality and multiplied it ten-fold with new textures and innovative mechanics. Lovely stuff and, yes, background play would be great but I love this for what it is in itself - the graphics are beautifully rendered and executed.
Background audio at last! Twice as good. Apple TV a possibility?
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.