I’ve been working on this app for some time now and decided it is finished enough to share ;-).
Ultomaton is a generative effects processor built to provide live electronic accompaniment for any acoustic improviser. It uses John Conway’s Game of Life to trigger events. These events are reflected in changes of Ultomaton’s effect parameters. Although the Game of Life is at the very core of this application, Ultomaton feels very much like a game of chance, which can be controlled by the performer to a great extent. As different settings have a considerable influence on the auditory result, Ultomaton provides a myriad of electronic backdrops to improvise with.
For those with a 256 grid, I included a hidden feature: click the icon in the top right corner to play the Game of Life on your grid.
The app is still under development. The Windows version was poorly tested but should work just fine. Let me know if you find any bugs …