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Somnium

Somnium
  • #: 210603
  • Price: $0.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Music
  • Updated: 2010-06-25
  • Current Version: 1
  • 1 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
  • Size: 172.00 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: TackyAttack
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later
  • © 2010 Robert Rich
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Description

Somnium by Robert Rich guides the listener through an ever-changing soundscape, with levels of subtle detail that reward both active attention and background listening.

Somnium is possibly the longest continuous musical composition ever released on any format an ambient music landmark. Robert Rich has meticulously crafted a fresh studio interpretation of his notorious all-night Sleep Concerts, incorporating newly recorded material with elements from the original live events.

For the app version of Somnium, Robert Rich revisited the original masters and selected numerous representative passages. The app infinitely cycles through the passages at random. The listener controls the pace at which the app cycles; "Slow" for a noticeable rate of change (for active listening) "Slower" for a more subtle effect (for sleeping and background listening).

The musical environment of Somnium can act like a lens to sharpen mental images, a stimulus to help you generate internal realities, or an audio presence that changes the acoustics of a room with a shifting aural landscape. Some of the sounds are abstract, blurry, hard to separate from the background. Other sounds evoke natural environments, open spaces, insects and animal calls, wind or rain.

Somnium: Deep and sonorous, mysterious and diffuse, liquid and hypnogogic.

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Rated 3/5 based on 3 customer reviews.

 

3/5 stars

great sounds- app needs work

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first let me say, the music and sounds in this app are top-notch. Robert Rich is one of the masters of organic ambient music, and the sounds used in the app are absolutely beautiful. as promised, it creates a totally immersive, slowly-evolving soundscape of atmospheric ambient loops.
however, the app itself could use some improvement. first of all, one of the most important features in such an app is missing-- a sleep timer. i would love to use this to fall asleep to, but i don't want to leave it running all night. second, the app could use a little more visual appeal. after starting the music, we are left with only a black screen with instructions in white text. i realize the idea is to start the app and turn off the screen, but a little more attention to design would make for a more inviting experience. take a look at the Naturespace app-- the app itself is very simple, yet it is beautifully designed and provides a very pleasant experience overall.
with a some more attention to interface design, and possibly a little interaction, this could be one of my top favorite ambient sound apps!

4/5 stars

Great app for meditation and introspection

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Fantastic musical/environmental idea. If you like Bloom or Air, you will like this. App itself could be a bit more robust but it does the job. Great idea and worth your .99 cents.

3/5 stars

good start

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Not bad. Volume needs to be louder. Needs a sleep button. Support website doesn't work.

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