iPhone App: Air

Air iPhone App "Air is a generative audio-visual work created by musician/software designer Peter Chilvers and Irish vocalist Sandra O'Neil. Based on concepts developed by Brian Eno, with whom Chilvers created Bloom, Air assembles vocal and piano samples into a beautiful, still, and ever changing composition, which is always familiar, but never the same."

Air (iTunes Link)

"Swine Flu Hemagglutinin"

Not really what I'd call "ambient" music, but interesting nonetheless.

The algorithm I used is a bit complicated, but just in case you’re curious: since the gene is expressed as a surface protein antibodies can sense, it’s considered as a string of amino acids. Each beat corresponds to one amino acid, and the piece is in 3/4 time, so each six measures would correspond to five turns around the alpha structure.

“Swine Flu Hemagglutinin”: amino acid sequence as ambient music

Max Neuhaus NYTimes.com Obituary

"Mr. Neuhaus himself preferred the term “sound installations” for the nonvisual artworks he created from electronically generated sounds emanating from an invisible source at a particular location. He worked, he said, from the premise that a person’s sense of place is determined by what he hears as well as by what he sees, and his art argued that a place can be denoted and described as definitively by the sound that fills it up as by a set of walls." Max Neuhaus, Who Made Aural Artwork, Dies at 69 Max Neuhaus Wikipedia.org entry

File Festival 2009

file-festival "FILE HIPERSONICA, the festival's sonorous branch, is on it's 7th edition and intends to elaborate connections between the world of images, the world of sonorities and the world of texts. Sound installations and real time performances will be presented by a number of groups and collectives, comprising both erudite and pop electronic music, but also electronic compositions, sound poetry, radio art, video music and sonic landscapes, as well as Djs and VJs presenting their sets through specific apparatus and installations with experimental and immersive projections."

File Festival 2009

Brian Eno "Bloom" iPhone/iPod Touch App

Special Message: If you like the music Bloom makes, you'll probably enjoy our Ambient Music Blog Podcast, a continuous mix of context specific ambient music available for free.

Brian Eno released an interesting little application for iPhones and the iPod Touch that allows users to create generative music. I haven't played around with it yet, but it looks, at worst, like an interesting diversion.

Eno says, "Bloom is an endless music machine, a music box for the 21st century. You can play it, and you can watch it play itself."

What else would you expect him to say?

Download Bloom (iTunes link).

Taylor Deupree "Sea Last" Book

Taylor Deupree is set to release a book containing photographs and a 3" disc of music. Not sure exactly what the details are, but I always kind of appreciate the creative output of Deupree and the artists on his 12k label. Here's a little bit more about it:

In each Sea Last book printed, there is one missing image; in the back of the book you will find a sleeve containing the original photograph for that missing page along with the 3″cd. Every printed book is missing a different image, making each copy unique and by default limiting the entire production to 238, which was the number of photographs taken.

More here.

Interview: Brian Eno on 77 Million Paintings, Full Transcript

Photo courtesy of Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

I've posted about Brian Eno's "77 Million Paintings" a few times before. The work was recently on view at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center, and Wired did an interview with Eno where he discusses the piece. It's an interesting read, and gives a bit of insight into Eno's approach to his work.

Related Wired: Interview: Brian Eno on 77 Million Paintings, Full Transcript 77 Million Paintings wrap up 77 Million Paintings

77 Million Paintings by Brian Eno

Eno's Luminous I had mentioned last month that while I was in London I would try to check out Brian Eno's Luminous on display at Selfridges. Well, I did, and I liked it, but I didn't have much to say about it, and I think that's mostly due to the fact that I had seen it only a couple hours after getting off the plane at Heathrow, and really what I wanted to do in that comfortable dark room was lay down and take a nap.

Well, lucky for you, you don't have to rely on my jet-lagged description, you can buy the DVD and watch it yourself. A 77 Million Paintings DVD is now available for sale, and you can learn more about the project at 77millionpaintings.com.

77 Million Paintings by Brian Eno

Brian Eno's Luminous

Brian Eno, Luminous Through March 11, if you find yourself around London, you've got the opportunity to check out Brian Eno's Luminous, a "large-scale installation of 77 Million Paintings." As far as I can tell, it sounds quite a lot like what old-school-web-designer-cum-new-media-artist Joshua Davis does these days.

I am, as you'd imagine, a big fan of Brian Eno's music and his thoughts on culture and technology. I'll be in London in just over a week to catch the Arsenal, and so I'm excited to get a chance to take a look at the display. Watch this space for thoughts and photos upon my return.

More Info: Brian Eno's Luminous, at Selfridges & Co.