Aura Flux is a totally new way of making non-grid based, organic music, specifically tailored for iOS devices.
For non-musically minded people incredible results can still be achieved by intuitively creating visual tapestries with the nodes and experimenting from there.
With 48 Instruments, 4 Seasons (keys) to choose from and a constantly evolving background ambience, Aura Flux makes for endless music creation possibilities…
How does Aura Flux work?
Chains of notes are created quickly and easily by visually connecting nodes using the multi-touch interface. These nodes can be customised by setting the pitch, trigger rate, volume, decay and adding additional ‘chord’ notes. By layering these chain reactions together the user can easily produce lush sounding ambient melodies and with the option to randomise many of the settings can introduce elements of generative music into their creations.
As with the first Aura, the keys are locked to certain intervals so that it’s impossible to create harsh dissonance or unpleasant-sounding harmonies – you can choose from a range of these keys (or ‘Seasons’) ranging from Mixolydian to more minor sounding modes, which vastly change the character of the piece. To compliment the melodies being produced by the interacting nodes, there are a number of background ambience pads that serve to knit together a more coherent piece.
Aura Flux developer John Whitmore said: “Aura Flux was designed to be as simple, fun and as powerful as possible. You can dip in for 5 minutes or get lost in it for hours. With Aura Flux we’ve developed a completely new interface that gives the user more control, at the same time radically simplifying the process of creating detailed and organic ambient music. We’ve also included a ton more sounds and options that really free the user to unleash their creativity.”
Aura Flux designer David Newman added: “For the most part Aura Flux is about building visual structures made up of connected nodes that interact with each other to create music. Once you have a structure in place, you can sit back and listen or get in there and tweak to hear the subtle differences. The way in which the nodes are connected and their individual settings contribute to the way the sounds are played back and often small tweaks can result in big changes in sound. The result is a constantly evolving soundscape with rhythms that come and in out of play – in a way that’s vaguely reminiscent of the music of Steve Reich, Philip Glass or Steve Hillage.”
Aura Flux is a Universal App, so will work on all iOS devices with one purchase.
Aura Flux is priced at $1.99 / £1.19
Originally posted 2010-10-04 15:28:00.