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.
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.