Hi all music lovers & makers,
It's great to see Somnium in a portable format.
I feel sorry Antdude, I completely disagree.
quoting from http://wp.me/pgATL-Ul
The iPod/iPhone platform is more suitable than the DVD which forced you into a listening space.
I feel as foolish this conception: iPod/iPhone supply a lo-fi sound quality, and, as all mobile device, it imply a music listening in terms of background below other stuff you do in your real life ... in other terms, using ther "multitasking-aware" metaphor, I say that iPod/iPhone imply a music listening as a Low Priority task (of your Attention). The CD or DVD way instead imply a music listening at a possible max priority psycological task ... that's the manner you can really appreciate music (as utility) to pass portals of your mind...
With the Somnium App, I can alter any space I’m in, whether it’s the media room or the grocery store.
I feel the conception of altering the living space an alienation. Now, me too I use MP3 portable players to avoid to listen the awful sound around me in the city, but this is not a solution to Listen Music, indeed it's just an escapism, all in all my alienation from the world. A bad story! I associate the Listening (Ambient) music to a deep listening activity and specifically Robert Rich's music have been for me the entry point in a listening music one step forward a standard every day superficial listening (of mainstream music). So I'm sad to see one of my preferred musician (and mentor) to follow this adapt to a bad music fruiction way... probably I'm wrong, but I pretend from top level artist in the world (and I retain Robert one special person), a progression in music creativity ... after "trance & drones" elevations, you can't go back realizing "standard ambient music" a là Eno ...
I know, we are, all over the world in the crisis of decadence, but I feel that just because this, artists could explore with more freedom them creativity, and all in all I always see the adaptation to the tastes of big audience, pheraps bring to an economical advantage, but that's something that make unhappy and miserable the creator of art ... isn't it ?
quoting Robert Rich's mailing list:
Anyone with an iPhone or iPod Touch can now download the Somnium app,
for a mere $0.99. This app creates a mood for long-duration listening
by playing hours of randomly crossfading loops, selected from the
original Somnium audio tracks. The user interface is very simple,
just a slider that determines how slowly the loops move forward.
The idea is funny and me too, as musician and software maker, some years ago I investigated to realize this kind of "random-controlled" sw, there was times of my discover of Brian Eno's experimentations on generative music (with not so good results) and my time of investigation of '900 composers futuristic ideas on these realms. Now I realized that the "one-shot choice" of composer is magic... it's the risolving catalysing act of creativity; personally I make music overlapping using many layers of performance recording and what I feel interesting is to choose the magic fit in among sound layers (= loops); so I feel that allowing the user to play with remix controls have two drawbacks: 1. remove the creator of music magic decision, 2. distract the listener attention to really fly with music.
Last but not least, let me exprime my disappointment for Apple stuff, that I call "pseudo-technological". I have been a Mac user and programmer for years, deciding at last "no more a Mac in my home!". Specifically I hate the Apple presumption of "think different" on technological creativity... but above all I hate the monopolistic approach of proprietary sw / fw, apple always maintained in years. Last but not least, the value of all recent Apple portable devices is simply a leg-pull, just a symbol of status quo of richness... something that fight with my vision of music experience for human beings.
I'm against all as usual here, or there is someone agree ? :)