Generative music from Eno


I forgot to mention earlier that Will Wright’s (SimCity, the Sims) newest game Spore is out. Spore simulates the creation and evolution of life from amoebas to galactic civilizations, and uses generative ambient music written/programmed by Brian Eno. I previously mentioned a lecture that Wright and Eno gave about the nature of play and music, which is worth watching if you haven’t already.

Spore is fun, but if all you want is Eno’s music, and you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, check out the app Bloom which gives you more control over the music and is cheaper. For $4 you get infinite amounts of Eno style sonic wallpaper music, which is pretty cool. It has me thinking about trying to write a program to remix slowburn, since the album consists of many melodic loops that (mostly) fit together and could be mixed and matched automatically… maybe.

Also in videogame/music synergy news, Harmonix (makers of Rock Band) announced they will be doing an interactive Beatles game that will use Rock Band instruments to play Beatles songs, as well as have additional Beatles related images and audio for some sort of as-yet-undisclosed Beatles multimedia experience. As a fan of both the Beatles and Harmonix, I’m very excited to see what they come up with.