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Bloom HD



Brian Eno creates a connection between music and art.

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Ease of play

It's as simple as tapping the screen to create beautiful sounds and art.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bloom HD is a mesmerizing app that combines making music and art. It is simple to use; and is both visually and aurally stimulating without being grating. The effect is so calming that there's even a sleep timer setting so that kids can use the app's ambient tones to fall asleep to. It's recommended that the app be experienced with headphones to get the full effect.

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Designed by ambient musicians Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers, BLOOM HD lets players explore the relationship between sound and visual art. Tapping the screen creates a blip of sound and a colorful circle that expands outward. Tapping different spots creates different pitches and hues that loop and overlap each other. Users can experiment with various color palettes, delay effects, and modes, or just sit back and have the app create something automatically. Unlike the harsh bleeps of other sound manipulators, Bloom HD is a tranquil and thoroughly mesmerizing experience.

App details

Release date:March 15, 2011
Size:12.30 MB
Publisher:Opal Limited
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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Parent of a 1 and 4 year old Written byMichael-Fitzhugh September 5, 2010

Dreamy and touchable, Bloom's the nap app in my book

The beauty of Bloom is its immediacy. The "generative music" model behind its design creates a touchable and calming soundtrack that can soothe even the most restless toddler. Each screen tap creates a new chime that, like ripples on a pond, blends with other chimes created by earlier taps. Underneath it all, a new-agey soundscape ebbs and flows. The app's ability to either auto-generate music or allow for interaction is a nice feature, as is the ability to change the music's "mood" by picking from several presets. Just two problems mar this apps' otherwise somnolent charms. For some children, it's more engaging than calming. Additionally, active hands can sometime press the hardware's "home" button, cutting Bloom's dulcet tones short with jarring silence.


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