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Adventures in sound: Peter Chilvers on ambient apps

Musician and software designer Peter Chilvers talks about Bloom and Scape, the innovative apps he developed with ambient pioneer Brian Eno, which have included Bloom, Trope, Air and Scape.

Bloom: Part instrument, part composition and part artwork, Bloom’s innovative controls allow anyone to create elaborate patterns and unique melodies by simply tapping the screen.

Scape: Released in 2012 for the iPad, 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.

Peter will be talking about the original concepts for the apps, the challenges he and Eno met during the development process and some of the unexpected outcomes - for example Bloom's use among children, the elderly and people with autism.

About Peter

Best known for creating apps with Brian Eno, Peter has also recorded numerous albums with vocalists Sandra O’Neill and Tim Bowness, as well as several solo instrumental albums. Many of these were released through Burning Shed, the online label he co-founded in 2001.

In recent years, he has worked as a musical and technical assistant to Brian Eno on projects including the soundtracks to The Lovely Bones and Spore, the collaboration with David Byrne and the Warp releases “Small Craft on a Milk Sea” and “Drums Between the Bells”.

In early 2009, he engineered a session for Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Natalie Imbruglia, assembling demos for her solo album “Come to Life”. Some of this material remains on the track “Fun”.

Touring this summer with Underworld's Karl Hyde, the event at The Cutter will be part of a string of dates in some of the world's most exciting cities - Barcelona, Tokyo, Sydney and Ely.

Find out more

Visit Peter Chilver's website

Find out more about the apps (and have a play before the event!)

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  • Peter C

    Thank you for all the postive feedback, and to everyone who came - app development is a rather isolated process, so it's makes a very nice change to share it with an audience.

    2 · July 3, 2013

  • Rob C.

    Really interesting talk and great to chat to people afterwards.

    1 · July 3, 2013

  • Amy F.

    Loved the apps and very grateful to Peter for giving such a warm and entertaining presentation. It was wonderful to meet new and inspiring people again too. Thank you everyone!

    2 · July 3, 2013

  • Chris M

    Many thanks to Peter for a fascinating talk. Wonderful apps. I've been relaxing to Bloom on my iPhone since it came out. I just recently got Air and have yet to discover Trope and Scape... It means manifesting an iPad. Great turn out at The Cutter too.

    2 · July 3, 2013

  • Jake L.

    Thank you to everyone who came last night, it was great fun!

    1 · July 3, 2013

  • Andrew M.

    Oh dear, I think I'm dangerously nearing a reality of having to own an iPad.

    3 · July 3, 2013

  • Karen C.

    Fantastic evening, brilliant talk by Peter. I'm a big fan of music visuals so it was a special treat for me.

    2 · July 3, 2013

  • Sookio

    Another great evening. Thanks to everyone who came and to Peter for giving such a fascinating talk.

    1 · July 3, 2013

  • Steve O.

    Some nice insights into Peter's work with creating ambient music apps. Not as easy as it appears!

    2 · July 3, 2013

  • Alex M.

    Thanks for a great talk. I was really inspired by the purity of the apps.

    3 · July 3, 2013

  • Lucy L.

    Apologies, I can longer make this meeting. Hope to make the next one!

    July 2, 2013

  • Maxine j.

    Not site of I will make it now.. My little one has kayaking with brownies and I am staying to watch! If I have any energy left..... otherwise see you in august x

    July 1, 2013

    • Sookio

      Sounds exciting! Hopefully see you later, if not next month!

      July 2, 2013

    • Maxine j.

      Yes:-) the girls getting wet suits on and its until 8pm so I'll def not be able to make the cutter!!

      1 · July 2, 2013

  • Rich P.

    Sorry! Was looking forward to it.

    July 2, 2013

  • Rich P.

    Hi Sue,

    Sorry that it's late but I'm afraid I now can't make it tonight due to deadline commitments!! Annoyed as I was really looking forward to this one!
    Hope to attend again soon.
    R.

    July 2, 2013

  • Rita S.

    This sounds fascinating. Have just joined and am looking forward to meeting you all.

    June 24, 2013

    • Sookio

      Hi Rita, great to have you along, see you later!

      July 2, 2013

  • Mina J.

    My apologies for the short notice . I am not able to attend tonight as I have been delayed in London

    July 2, 2013

  • Darryl F.

    Sorry everyone, would love to meet you all tonight, but work has gone mad today and I need to put in the extra hours. Hopefully meet you all next month.

    July 2, 2013

    • Sookio

      Lots of work on = good, missing Creative Ely = boooo! See you next month!

      July 2, 2013

  • Jane M.

    Sorry wont be able to make it tonight after all. Have fun.

    July 2, 2013

    • Sookio

      Not to worry Jane, see you next month!

      July 2, 2013

  • Lucy L.

    Look forward to it.

    1 · July 2, 2013

  • Rob B.

    cool

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • Karen C.

    Looks great!

    1 · June 18, 2013

  • Jonathan W.

    Very much looking forward to hearing what Peter has to say

    1 · June 5, 2013

  • Peter C

    It'd be rather rude if I didn't turn up really...

    2 · June 5, 2013

    • Sookio

      Yes, your attendance would be A Good Thing!

      June 5, 2013

    • Peter C

      Thought so.

      1 · June 5, 2013

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