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Runxt Life

Runxt Life
  • #: 210088
  • Price: $3.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Music
  • Updated: 2010-12-18
  • Current Version: 1.0
  • 1.0
  • Size: 6.40 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Firma 103
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later
  • © 2010 Firma 103 VOF
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RUNXT LIFE is 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.

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5/5 stars

Well worth it for creating odd generative music

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As long as you understand that this is NOT an app for making "normal" music, those with an ear for experimental composition will not be disappointed! Using the free "Runxt Life - OSC to MIDI" application on my MacBook, I was able to wirelessly send MIDI notes to separate soft-synths in Ableton Live 7 with little trouble.

The on-board sounds in this app are limited, so for best sonic results you should try this with your favorite computer music application and let the generative artificial life algorithms do their thing. It's fun to draw on the iPod's screen and add to the performance, so you do have SOME control over each composition's pace. I'm very pleased with the experimental pieces I've recorded with this app so far, but I've only been playing with it for a few days, so I probably have barely scratched the surface of Runxt Life's musical possibilities. My fellow electronic music makers with be getting all excited about trying this app for themselves when they hear what I've already created with it!

Very functional for a v1.0 app, so don't hesitate based on the version number. I'm sure these guys will be adding to the feature set as development progresses. Five stars from me!

5/5 stars

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I like the idea behind this app, and would like to see it become more intuitive. I'm still exploring but I've already midi-controlled a few synths with it. Perhaps it would be great to also have midi-volume, and quick midi presets i.e. settings for rhythmic instruments and melodic instruments. Perhaps more midi channels would be great too?

Again, I really like this app but it's limitations are a little frustrating. Hopefully, the innovation will continue. This is worth your while...as long as you like things on the odd side ;-)

Ahh...now I remember! The other cool thing would be to have a setting that enables generative chord changes / progressions where you could adjust the chance of having certain progressions, and also have a completely random setting. Additionally, if you could adjust the length of time i.e. how many beats or measures that a chord change would take place.

Other than that..I have 2 ideas for interesting apps that I'd like to use but am not savy enough to make myself. 1st, I'd also like to see "attack", "defense", and "coexist" generative modes. I think it would be interesting if the singular generated pattern cells sense and make decisions to move elsewhere based on any oncoming pattern cells. set up 4 environmental quadrants on the field of play where specific things happen to the cells that change them. The center could be a speedy time-warp to another environment! 2nd, I think it would be interesting if this program worked with another to trigger and affect visual patterns, designs, and colors, as well as loaded video and still images. I'm looking for one generative program that's good at both that is simple enough to get started but with enough evolving complexities to keep me using it.

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