Here’s another innovative generative-music app for iPad owners to play with: Scape. It’s the work of Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers, who previously teamed up for an app called Bloom.
“Scape makes music that thinks for itself,” explains the new app’s App Store listing.
“Scape is a new form of album which offers users deep access to its musical elements. These can be endlessly recombined to behave intelligently: reacting to each other, changing mood together, making new sonic spaces.”
There are 15 ‘scapes’ to play with, which can be saved into a gallery and added to a playlist, shared by email and played in the background while using other apps. People who just want to listen rather than create can use a random mode instead, and the app supports Apple’s AirPlay streaming for external speakers.
“Can machines create original music? Scape is our answer to that question: it employs some of the sounds, processes and compositional rules that we have been using for many years and applies them in fresh combinations, to create new music,” explain Eno and Chilvers.
Count us intrigued. We’ll be having a proper play with Scape over the weekend, for a full review. The app costs £3.99 and is iPad-only.