fLOW is an audio computer program running on Apple Macintosh machines. It generates an ever-changing and never repeating soundscape in real time that fills the space with flooding sounds that resemble - metaphorically - the timbres of water, fire, earth, and air.
Feed your own sounds into the system and listen what the algorithms are composing. The system parameters can be accessed either by the mouse or with an attached MIDI controller. And finally, the result can be recorded as a sound file.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. I have imported my own sounds and musical snippets into fLOW to generate odd sounds and soundscapes, and I love it. It has occasionally been unstable in previous versions, but it's a neat tool.
And $20 for shareware isn't "pricey." Even coding in Max takes time and effort, and I think this is a nice tool for the money. Try it out (which is free) and see what you think.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. New version does what it is supposed to do on my 867 MHz G4 running Panther 10.3.2 after a straightforward install. It is kinda cool, at least for the 2-3 minute trial I gave it (you get a free 5 minute trial - it then self destructs unless you cough up the shareware fee). But it is NOWHERE NEAR $20 cool, maybe $5.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. With the recently posted update to version 3.0.1, fLOW is running flawlessly on my iBook G4. A wonderful program! In my opinion, it seems highly interesting for audio phreaks and electronic musicians. It is useful as a weird software synthesizer or just as an everchanging background sound to relax. I recommend to connect the audio output to a good stereo system for fLOW requires good loudspeakers to unfold its beauty. Go for it!
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