Team Popo BeatEvolve—Game of Life generative music app for iOS

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Team Popo BeatEvolve

Team Popo has released BeatEvolve, a generative music app in which the grid of notes can ‘evolve’ according to rules such as Conway’s Game of Life.

Anyone can make music with BeatEvolve! With 31 instruments to choose from, the intuitive interface lets you combine 3 layers of harmonies to create awesome riffs!

Select from one of six preset evolution rules or create your own from scratch then sit back and watch as the music changes all by itself.

BeatEvolve features

  • Three layers.
  • 31 instruments.
  • Six evolution presets including Conway’s famous Game Of Life.
  • Experiment by creating your own evolution rules.
  • Flip, rotate and shift the patterns you make.
  • Tempo adjust.
  • Save your musical creations to use later or show off to your friends.

The app is available to purchase from the iTunes App Store, a free version is also available.

More information: Team Popo / BeatEvolve


Firma 103 releases Runxt Life, generative music application for iOS

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Runxt Life

Firma 103 has released Runxt Life, a generative music application created for the iOS® platform based on the cellular automaton theory “Conway’s Game of Life” by John Horton Conway.

The ‘game’ is a zero-player game, meaning that its evolution is determined by its initial state, requiring no further input from humans. One interacts with the Game of Life by creating an initial configuration and observing how it evolves.

You can draw single cells or a predefined pattern stamp on a two dimensional grid. This pattern will evolve according to the rules of “Conway’s Game of Life” after you press ‘play’ or ‘step forward’. Five different colors each represent a different sound or channel.

RUNXT LIFE uses the output of the grid, affected by a few parameters, to either generate sounds or send midi notes to your computer with the help of the RUNXT LIFE – OSC to MIDI application. In this application you can configure which color is sent to which midi channel.

Runxt Life is available to purchase for $3.99 USD / 2.99 EUR.

More information: Runxt Life


Short links for August 26th, 2009

B4 (II) MIDI Organ Controller

Some interesting things I found recently:

# B4 Controller – MIDI Organ Controller for Native Instruments B4 (II) Virtual Organ Software

The goal of this project was to build a MIDI Organ Controller to play and control the Native Instruments B4 (II) virtual organ software.

Just like the software this project attempts to replicate the 'real thing'—the classic Hammond B3—as much as possible. All of the software's functionality known from the original instrument can be controlled from this controller. There is no need to take a look at the computer display or to control the software with the mouse or computer keyboard at any time.

Link via CDM

# Sonifying Conway’s Game of Life

From little-scale:

Every cell (pixel) in the playing field controls an oscillator. When a cell is alive (coloured), the oscillator turns on. When it is dead (black), the oscillator turns off. A cell's position from left to right will determine its position in the stereo field. A cell's position from top to bottom will determine its frequency (pitch) with a bit of randomness thrown in for good measure. As the playing field reaches a more complex state with more and more living cells, the cpu load increases dramatically, as the audio is being output in real time. The size of the playing field is 100 pixels by 100 pixels.

Subcycle Low Frequency Entity

# Low Frequency Entity

Musician, designer and developer Christian Bannister wondered what it would be like to touch a bass in NI Massive and manipulate it directly and visually in real-time.

I really wanted the form to be more about the characteristics of the sound than something that only responds to the audio of the sound like what has become the standard fft based sound visualizer.

For example, the filter is being modulated here and when the rate of the modulation increases so does the rate of vibration of certain aspects of the form. Easy to see… hard to explain.

# SpringBox Reverb – matt the modulator @ Flickr: My home made spring reverb unit using modified maplin audio pre-amp kits
sounds a little noisy but then spring reverbs doo

# modo [pre-release] midi CC/LFO sequencer – Modo stands for -modulating oscillators- and is basically a midi CC-sequencer.

In detail, the sequencer try to mimic a LFO behaviour with ability to modulate each other. It lets you create fancy animation curves, you wouldn't want to draw these by hand.


# 64 (Video) Fingers. – New monome app called 64 (Video) Fingers. It works very similarly to Dovemouses 64 Fingers with some slight differences.

# V-Synth GT, the Sound Designer’s Synth, Keeps Getting Better with Age

Peter Kirn takes a closer look at the V-Synth GT, the Elastic Audio Synthesizer which Roland dubs The World’s Most Expressive Synthesizer.


The Lower Rhythm releases LifeCycle SE and A-210

The Lower Rhythm has released LifeCycle SE and A-210, two freeware VST plug-ins for Windows PC.

LifeCycle SE

The Lower Rhythm LifeCycle SE

Based around Etric Van Mayer’s LifeForce Sequencer, this auto-synth allows you to create, load, save and run patterns designed within the rules of John Conway’s Game Of Life. The output is fed into three robust operators and then strung through a handful of effects (distortion, bit crushing, modulation, feedback modulation, etc.). The result is a pattern-based, rhythmic droning synthesizer with immense possibilities for tone variation.

LifeCycle SE features

  • EVM’s LifeForce Sequencer (based on Conway’s Game Of Life).
  • Save and load your G.O.L. patterns.
  • Three operator synthesis engine w/ filter and distortion.
  • Global bit crusher and filter.
  • Internal BPM clock driven.
  • Multiple LFO’s and feedback modulation effects.
  • Mono and Poly modes.


The Lower Rhythm A-210

Utilizing the same amplifier as the A-110, this stereo modulation effect is designed to create ringmoddy-chorusy-glitchy layers underneath your favorite synthesizer (or your most hated one!).

A-210 features

  • Versatile delay for subtle chorus or extreme feedback.
  • Lowpass filter.
  • Multiple effect gain stages.
  • A-110 amplifier ‘circuit’.
  • Dry Out for effective layering.
  • Selectable delay waveform.
  • Additional controls for modulating delay oscillators.

LifeCycle SE and A-210 are available as freeware for Windows PC.

Visit The Lower Rhythm for more information.