Deluxe generative edition of Brian Eno's acclaimed 2017 ambient album, Reflection.
"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.” - Brian Eno
iPad mini 2
AppleTV (4th generation)
This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.
Ratings and Reviews
My new music player
After playing trope and reflection, I end up using them more than I do my music subscription services.
With the ever changing generative reflection, I don’t even have to press a button and I always have some new ambient going.
Occasionally I hear a sample repeat from time to time, but never the same music and the moods are always changing. With trope I have to start over the track because it isn’t ever-changing. With reflection you can hear it’s always bringing in new sounds. I have a large ambient collection in my iTunes library but I always end up back to this app. Thank you Brian eno for pushing the boundaries of iPhone
Not much for the price
While I appreciate that this was suppose to be an artistic expression, and I usually blame myself for being duped into spending too money on something with little value, I feel a little blindsided by this app. Judging by the interactive experiences provided by previously released apps, I was expecting much the same here and was left completely wanting. The listener has no control whatsoever of the listening experience. Art, yes, I get it, but I could have easily put this piece on loop for free in Apple Music and not known the difference. My ear is apparently not discerning enough to care if there are subtle changes in the composition. Also, the “space frequencies” are absolute nails on a chalk board. I’m likely going to delete this app because I can’t stand them.
While I’m still going to caution all comers about the price and warn them about the lack of interactivity, I’m here to admit that I have NOT deleted the app from my phone after all and have spent the last two weeks listening to it for most of my work day. It really is oddly addictive and very comforting. I’ve also found that paired with a nature sound such as rain or wind it makes an excellent study/focus tool that also blocks out background noise. I’ve even gotten accustomed to the “space frequency” sounds that have actually served to draw my attention back to the music and refocus me when I start to drift.
Just calling it an app is akin to saying Falling Water is just a building.
It’s a brilliant app - but really to call it an app is to miss the point, it is an experience of a rare kind, delivered on an iOS device. A contemplative audio visual experience on demand. I rely on the audio during my NYC commute - a pool of calm in a sea of utter chaos. Some evenings l will stream it on my Apple TV- I have a quality screen and sound system so the image / sound becomes a beautiful live artwork- I actually like to keep the volume rather low (if your sound system is up to it) not just below audible, wink wink nudge nudge but low, it’s beautiful. Really.
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- Opal Limited
- 173.2 MB
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 9.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Apple TV
- Requires tvOS 10.0 or later.
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- Age Rating
- © Opal Limited 2016
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.