Friday, August 14, 2009

Sound & Vision

Posted By Google on Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 9:01 PM

Bloom, a $4 iPhone application conveived by Brian Eno, allows a user to use the phone as a visual instrument. By touching the screen, colorful dots appear, creating different ambient sounds and infinite compositions to play in a loop.

Going further, Eno unveiled and put on a tour a sort of concert film, 77 Million Paintings, a regenerative art showcase where Eno's visual works appear onscreen, followed by another, and another, and you get the idea. He takes 300 of his works, dices them up and uses a software to reassemble them at random, an always-in-progress evolution. It's not so much a slideshow as it is a melting of one work into another in an endless visual (and musical) progression.

In both cases, Eno is using computer-born software to generate art (he also composed the score for the popular video game Spore, whether it's his own or an iPhone user's. With 77 Million Paintings, his ambient compositions guide the viewer through a soft maze of randomly selected images, bleeding into another, then creating something else entirely. With Bloom, the user guides Eno, though there doesn't seem to be any ending in either case.
Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center hosts a free screening (watching? listening? "watchening"?) of 77 Million Paintings tomorrow at 7 p.m.

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