Brian Eno’s New iPhone App “Like Music For Airports Made Endless”

brian-eno-iphone-app-airAir (App Store link) is a new generative audio-visual work that’s “like Music for Airports made endless,” according to ambient pioneer Brian Eno, “Which is how I always wanted it to be.”

The iPhone music app was created by musician / software designer Peter Chilvers and Irish vocalist Sandra O’Neill. Based on concepts developed by Brian Eno, with whom Chilvers created Bloom, Air assembles vocal and piano samples into an ever changing composition, which will be familiar, but never the same.

Brian Eno’s Air

Air features four “Conduct” modes, which let the user control the composition by tapping different areas on the display, and three “Listen” modes, which provide a choice of arrangement.

For those fortunate enough to have access to multiple iPhones and speakers, an option has been provided to spread the composition over several players. Recommended for headphones and external speakers.

At $1.99, Air was a instant purchase at Synthtopia.

If you give it a try, let me know what you think of it!


22 thoughts on “Brian Eno’s New iPhone App “Like Music For Airports Made Endless”

  1. Names like "Bloom" and "Air" are direct, if generic — "Air" makes sense being a part of "Airport". It'd be funny if the next installment was called "Port" and focused on watery sounds. I enjoyed Bloom, and look forward to this. What I've wanted to hear is some Emo Eno! :D

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  2. Names like "Bloom" and "Air" are direct, if generic — "Air" makes sense being a part of "Airport". It'd be funny if the next installment was called "Port" and focused on watery sounds. I enjoyed Bloom, and look forward to this.

    Past that, what I've wanted to hear is some Emo Eno! :D

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  3. Kurt – I'm with you on that.

    Bloom and Air are updated takes on the idea of a single. You can tweak them and interact with them, so you get a unique "take" on the music, each time.

    BT's Sonifi is similar. It lets you customize your experience hearing a single.

    Both are fantastic. But they are also tantalizing tastes of the future – they make you imagine what will come next.

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  4. I love to listen good sounds.It'd be funny if the next installment was called "Port" and focused on watery sounds. I enjoyed Bloom, and look forward to this.

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