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.
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.