New App, Quincy, Based On Cellular Automata, Conway’s Game Of Life

quincyRoGame Software has introduced Quincy – a music composition tool based on cellular automata.

Here’s what the developer has to say about Quincy:

Its modular approach to interpretation of cellular automata renders Life worlds in styles ranging from Balinese Gamelan music to that of Stockhausen. Auto-generated on-device, interactive music that sounds authentic and goes far beyond the mere triggering of note events or squeeky sine waves.

Compositions in Quincy are visually and musically spellbinding and wonderfully strange. They can be looped, react to touch during play and can be shared via AirDrop, messaging and email.


  • Universal app (iPhone, iPod, iPad)
  • Document based
  • Adjustable grid size
  • MIDI over WiFi
  • Full general MIDI instrument library and adjustable reverb
  • Performance view (iPad)
  • Large pattern library
  • File transfer via Email, Message or AirDrop
  • Extensive online documentation

Here’s a video demo of Quincy:

Quincy’s core engine is a full implementation of Conway’s Game of Life, capable of generating all possible Life variants including HighLife and Seeds. It comes with a Life editor, a large library of patterns, color mixer, features an adjustable grid size, random cell insertion and many display options. Editing tools go beyond pen and pattern stamp and also include options like copy, paste and rotate.

Quincy ships with three sound modules (Chroma, Gregorian and Pentrix) with many more to come. Each module uses its own algorithm to create sound but also defines the key and a base scale to be used as tone material. The Chroma module is geared towards atonal music with several symmetric and chromatic scales. The Gregorian module employs church modes and the Pentrix module offers 27 types of pentatonic scales.

There are two playback modes, audio and MIDI.

In audio mode playback is routed through a device’s speakers or headphones. This mode offers 128 instruments and adjustable reverb settings. MIDI over WiFi uses Bonjour for discovery of suitable MIDI destinations to seamlessly integrate Quincy’s output into any DAW like Logic or Ableton.

Quincy is available now in the App Store for US $5.99.

If you’ve used Quincy, let us know what you think of it!

7 thoughts on “New App, Quincy, Based On Cellular Automata, Conway’s Game Of Life

  1. Not used it but it’s on sale at the moment.
    An update that includes Audiobus is on the way, according to the developer.
    The only downside for me is the MIDI only being transmitted via WIFI; hopefully the dev will expand this in the future.

  2. I downloaded it. Quite deep but RoGame put the extensive documentation (100 screenshots!) online via their Quincy page, which can help you decide. Very customer-friendly decision.

  3. i did see one video the sound of it didn’t grow on me to be honest, anyone have link to something really nice done with this app?

  4. Kind of sounds robotic. Doesn’t seem to be any variation in the way the notes are played (constant rhythmic pattern). Perhaps it can do more but the video didn’t impress.

    1. Yes, it lacks controls such as velocity, or keyboard input, needed to create music. Its like an old 8-bit game — oldschool compared to Reaktor Newscool.

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