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Thanks for your reviews Pete and Third System... Ephemeral is now represented in the UK!

In the US, sadly, someone, who actually liked Ephemeral, lost their audio and couldn't get it back after pressing the Mute button and posted a one star review instead of contacting us via our support page to let us know their iDevice and iOS# to help ReFla5h try to reproduce and cure their problem - and we have no way of contacting them via App Reviews. Sigh. This new way of releasing our music presents new complications... but we'll learn from the process and keep refining. Thanks again for your support!

Thanks for leaving a review Chris! The fact that it does not appear in the Canadian App Store (where there are a couple of Canadian reviews) confirmed for me that each country's App Store only displays reviews by its own residents. I can understand that viewing reviews in an other language "may" not be desirable, but it means that your review will also not appear in the UK or Australia App Stores - where that's not a barrier. No wonder so many apps have those popups to remind people to leave a rating/review! (Don't worry, dreamSTATE will not implement those popups in our iAlbums - but I'm glad I suggested leaving ratings/reviews here.) There's so much to learn about this new approach that we're exploring. I WAS able to see your review in the main developer tool, iTunes Connect, where there's a dropdown menu where you can observe reviews by country. Thanks doubly for your time and your words. Cheers!

Picked this up last night and spent a good part of the day listening to it. Super cool! Well done, Scott! I'm enjoying this immensely.

Excellent... Thanks Chris! Feedback from the deep ambientheads here is truly appreciated.   :)

* Please allow me to be a pain-in-the-butt and request that anyone digging Ephemeral City to leave a rating or a little review at the App Store. I'm told that this is an important aspect of promotion within the Apple environment. THANKS!  8)

Interesting, seems to be a trend. Well done. While I'm not an app user myself, I will take this moment to say that dreamSTATE was quite important for me in my early days of exploring ambient music. Thanks for that.

Thanks so much for letting us know. That's good for my soul!

Downloaded the app onto my ipad mini yesterday. This is very good indeed. Beautiful music and enjoy the graphics also. Zapped it onto my iphone and touch also for mobile Ephemeralising.

Interesting concept this. I have the Robert Rich Somnium app but this one takes it to a whole new level. Great stuff , congratulations Scott.

Thank you Third System! My favourite mobile listening on my iPhone has been walking the dog through the back streets late at night.

I too have the Somnium app and turn to it when I'm in the mood for a sparce deep soundscape. I notice that it has disappeared from the App Store now, which is a real shame. :(

Hmm, could be a nifty little business turning peoples ambient works
and graphic sets into evolving iOS apps !  Quit yer day job, Scott.

 ;D Fortunately I have already have too many dreamSTATE projects to complete to consider such a micro-business, though I will mention it to ReFla5h, our programmer. Thanks.  ;)

Hi Pete, So glad you're enjoying exploring Ephemeral! I'll give the whole game away.

Ephemeral City is based on concepts from our first ambient installation back in 1996. There are 3 stereo streams playing at all times (though you can thin the mix down to 1.5 streams of generally lighter or darker elements using the Mix control). Each stream is shuffled independently and the possible juxtapositions start to skyrocket after the first few minutes of each play. There are some elements which are restrained to preserve their freshness and hopefully provide some small extra pleasures upon their return - for those who listen many times. I've spent many hundreds of hours over the last few years listening intently to ensure that every element will work with all the other elements and I still experience new passages that I know I'll never hear again.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Edgar Froese in tribute
« on: January 23, 2015, 09:15:21 PM »
Thanks for sharing that Darren.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Camel Audio stopped business
« on: January 23, 2015, 09:11:59 PM »
Since I like to manipulate samples, in the future this could end up as my replacement for Alchemy:

Everything and Nothing / Re: RIP Edgar Froese
« on: January 23, 2015, 02:22:21 PM »
Phaedra and Rubycon rewired my brain. RIP Edgar.

Cool (and moist)! Ordered it and will squeeze it into my new Pono for some deep listening in the future.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Camel Audio stopped business
« on: January 11, 2015, 12:15:16 AM »
Alchemy is my main synth too. Supposedly Alchemy 2 was on the horizon, so that "could" be launched by a new owner.

I've been listening to your app for the better part of this evening, Scott.  Really gorgeous and expansive ambient textures that seem to morph continuously.  Very hard to tell at times whether a piece is beginning or ending, which in this case is a good thing!  Congratulations!

My favorite of the Eno apps is Scape.  Great textures in that one, though the ability to save textures you've created seems to be limited.


Thanks Forrest!

Yes, Scape is very cool. They did make an update this year to allow you to name the scapes you've assembled and saved and that simple change made it more enjoyable for me. Instead of Scape 23 and Scape 24, it's now Natural Order and A History Of Cheese.   ;)

Forrest, I'm a bit new to all this 'i-stuff'. I couldn't see it on the Appstore on the iPad, but I can on iTunes on my PC, will try it out.

Like APK says... if you're in the App Store in an iPad, you have to click the "iPad Only" dropdown at the top and switch to "iPhone Only". It didn't use to be like that but they "improved" it.  ;)

This direct link "should" work even on an iPad. Let me know if it doesn't.

Ha! Yes, I have the Eno apps myself.

Bloom gives that immediate gratification but I'm quite fond of Trope for sleeping. It's less percussive sounding and will also drift into a different mode from time to time, to gently engage what's left of my mind.

We've just released the new dreamSTATE album "Ephemeral City" via the Apple App Store.

We call it an iAlbum and it's designed to play a fresh infinite arrangement of the soundscapes every time it's played.

There's also evolving urban ambient art by yours truly. We see this as an ambient installation in your iPhone (or iPad or iTouch) and it's based on principles from our very first installation in 1996.

The cost is $2.99 and here's a direct link to download it now from the App Store:
or you can just seach for "dreamstate' and you'll find it easily.

We recommend downloading in a WiFi zone or to your computer, as there are many high-quality soundfiles involved.

So... Of course I would love you to get "Ephemeral City" and experience it, but I'm also very interested in your thoughts on the new paradigms of ambient music in apps. Not owning an iDevice is an obvious barrier, for instance. The general super-low pricing of apps is also quite mind-boggling. For instance, you can buy superb synths for your iPad for $5 to $30 that one would pay $100 to $300 for in VST form. This is a new wild-frontier and exciting to explore. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

Everything and Nothing / Re: All the Best for 2015
« on: January 03, 2015, 04:45:01 PM »
Best wishes for everyone in 2015... and especially for drone on!   ;)   Cheers!

Now Playing / Re: the ultimate 'ambient'?
« on: January 03, 2015, 03:04:56 PM »
Wow! That Chesnokov piece slayed me. T'was like it was already sampled and pitched down to slow it. Delicious ambience. Thanks.

Everything and Nothing / Re: My Mom, age 72, has a boyfriend! Ugh.....
« on: December 18, 2014, 01:43:52 PM »
My Mom had a couple of boyfriends over the many years after my Dad passed away. I had no particular bond with them, but was always civil in our social situations and treated them as I would expect my girlfriend to be treated. They were decent guys. I don't think my Mom even thought they measured up to my Dad but I was genuinely happy that she had someone close in her life again. Carrying on in life despite all the losses and changes is vital to finding and maintaining contentment. Good for your Mom and good luck to you to find the inner acceptance that you need.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Arturia - Prophet V
« on: December 04, 2014, 09:05:18 PM »
That's sure a lackluster video... it seems like a single nothing-special patch played throughout the entire thing.

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