Brian Eno's endless music App

IDEA: Endless and endlessly changing music.

WHAT: An endless and endlessly changing version of a piece of music. The creation falls into three stages: the first is the selection of sonic materials and a musical mode - a constellation of musical relationships. These are then patterned and explored by a system of algorithms which vary and permutate the initial elements I feed into them, resulting in a constantly morphing stream (or river) of music. The third stage is listening. Once Eno has the system up and running he spend a long time - many days and weeks in fact - seeing what it does and fine-tuning the materials and sets of rules that run the algorithms.

Download the app in the Apple App Store here, or get a 54 minutes glimps of the full work as a download on iTunes or Amazon, or a hardcopy CD or Vinyl.

Moving the composition into software allowed an extra opportunity; the rules themselves could change with the time of day. The harmony is brighter in the morning, transitioning gradually over the afternoon to reach the original key by evening. As the early hours draw in, newly introduced conditions thin the notes out and slow everything down.
— Peter Chilvers

WHY: The original intention with Eno's Ambient music was to make endless music, music that would be there as long as you wanted it to be. He wanted also that this music would unfold differently all the time. Recordings - whether vinyl, cassette or CD - are limited in length, and replay identically each time you listen to them. So in the past he 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.

It’s a lot like gardening: you plant the seeds and then you keep tending to them until you get a garden you like.
— Brian Eno

BY: Brian Eno & Peter Chilvers

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Vinyl & CD: