A.I. creeps ever closer, and the latest proof is producer Brian Eno’s new iPad app Scape.
The third collaboration between Eno and Peter Chilvers, (former apps produced from their partnership include Bloom and Trope), Scape helps you to create ambient music that never sounds the same twice. Using specific “rules” for each sound, the app “thinks” to combine different tunes and sounds to generate new music each time you use it.
With extremely colorful interfaces, the app opens to a screen that gives you five different options. You can listen to or create a scape or playlist. You can also listen to an album—or you can re-listen to the introduction. There is a Help tab in the upper right hand corner, and a More Options one in the bottom right.
Depending on what you choose, the app will take you either to a scape or a playlist. You can add scapes to a playlist easily by tapping on those that already exist.
The app comes with 15 original scapes, and as you can create more based on those 15 (or ask the app to give you a random scape), the possibilities are endless.
The app also has the ability to play while other apps are being used (except on the first-generation iPad), and you also have the option to email different scapes you create to other people. Scape supports both AirPlay and Retina display.