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We worked with Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers to take their award-winning app, Bloom, into mixed reality using HoloLens, allowing participants to experience generative music in a completely new context.
At the limited-engagement run in Amsterdam, guests stepped into a central zone surrounded by screens, where they physically experienced Bloom – tapping the air around them to create elaborate patterns and unique melodies with the simplest of gestures.
Blurring the lines between the physical and virtual, Bloom: Open Space emphasized a sense of wonder, calm, and community; as users “bloomed” together, each user saw and heard not only her blooms, but those of the participants around her. Together, the group created an ever-changing generative music soundtrack, based on sounds designed by Brian Eno.
Part of the Microsoft Music x Technology program, Bloom: Open Space is the first experimentation with mixed reality for both Eno and Chilvers, as well as the first MxT project to feature HoloLens.