It feels like there’s been a lot of generative stuff so far in 2018. Ok, it’s only two posts, but they’re both about generative apps. First Wotja, now Refraktions. If you don’t know what Refraktions is, it’s an 8-track generative MIDI sequencer with ‘artificial intelligence’ (whatever it is that that really means), that apparently processes input over time to create loops tailored to each individual user. I’ve not tried it, so I can’t comment personally on that front.

Anyway, in version 2.2 the developer has added quite a lot of new stuff, and a lot of it is centred around MIDI. Here’s all that’s new:

  • Audiobus 3.0.2 added. Refraktions is available as an Audio Source, MIDI Source, and MIDI Filter.
  • App can now receive note input from external MIDI controllers or other iOS apps (as destination “Refraktions”).
  • Play / pause functionality added by tapping center circle.
  • Added 8th synth, “Coastal Synth.”
  • Added ability to change root key in musical scales.
  • Added per-track customization of playback, composition, volume, and pitch.
  • Added global and per-track customization of MIDI sources and destinations.
  • Added shake detection, which rearranges the composition.
  • Improved note creation, including fixes to MIDI on / off for each tap.
  • Rebuilt internal metronome with average drift variance of < 0.7 ms.
  • Switch from UserDefaults to CoreData for data storage.

Refraktions is on the app store and costs $6.99: