SSEYO Koan

SSEYO was founded in 1990 by the Intermorphic founders Tim Cole and Pete Cole, and with friend Jon Pettigrew.

Although SSEYO pioneered many things, it was best known through Brian Eno's use of SSEYO Koan in his 1996 released Generative Music 1 with SSEYO Koan Software (published by SSEYO and Opal Music) and also “miniMIXA”, a powerful mobile music mixer first released in 2004.

In 2002 SSEYO was acquired by Tao Group which then went bust in 2007, which was why we then started Intermorphic - we wanted to continue our life's work in creating apps to help generate ideas and deliver unique "inmo" experiences. But, where did SSEYO Koan go? It evolved into Intermorphic Noatikl of course!

Please refer to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine to view the old SSEYO website and for further details on SSEYO or Tao (you may need to be patient as the IAWM is a bit temperamental).

The first archived SSEYO site is from November 1996 and the last for the SSEYO site was March 7 2007 (after which Tao Group cleansed it of all SSEYO information). When accessed from there the menuing no longer seems to work, and some versions now redirect you back to the intermorphic website (in which case try using sseyoindex.html after the SSEYO domain in the Wayback Machine, or sseyo.html).

Some links below in the Announcements section are direct to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

2002-2007


Interactive Entertainment BAFTA 2005 (Music) for SSEYO miniMIXA

SSEYO miniMIXA (2005 BAFTA Winner)

In 2002 SSEYO Koan was acquired by Tao Group and development on SSEYO Koan products (such Koan Pro, Koan X and the Koan Plugin) then formally ceased.

At Tao we set about building the intent Sound System [iSS]. This was a comprehensive audio framework and set of related technologies specifically suited to use on mobile. It included a mixer, modular synthesiser, midi synthesiser and a host of other things. One of the products that came out of this was Tao's APRE (Advanced Polyphone Ringone Engine), deployed with Tao's Java Engine.

Following the completion of that work, and starting in 2004, we built the first version of SSEYO miniMIXA which went on to win the 2005 Interactive Entertainent BAFTA for Music. SSEYO miniMIXA V2 was released in 2006 and SSEYO miniMIXA V3 was due for release in 2007, but Tao Group folded beforehand in June 2007.

Before the demise of Tao we started Intermorphic to carry on our work on generative systems that we started with Koan. Noatikl is now the spiritual successor to Koan, and provides Koan users a bridge to an exciting future. The Noatikl engine also features in Mixtikl, our successor to miniMIXA.

1997-2001


SSEYO Koan Interactive Audio Platform - BAFTA Winner 2001

The SSEYO Koan Interactivity Platform (2001 BAFTA Winner)

This continued to be developed by us at SSEYO until 2001 (when it won the 2001 Interactive Entertainment BAFTA for Technical Innovation).

SSEYO and Interactive Audio

Since 1997 we were working with interactive music, simple music mixers, web toys, interactive music driven animations, music mixers with music driven animations, click-play instruments, email music, "Do the space shake" etc. (all the above examples require the no longer available Koan Interactive Music plugin to play, however)!

SSEYO and Vector Audio

In 2000 & 2001 we found ways to deliver sounds in one SMS: we called this approach vector audio ("VA") [Note: Intermorphic has continued working with / developing VA approaches meaning that mixtikls (which use a URL file format) can play entire 12 track mixes, fully loaded with FX, mix settings, visualiser settings, text and text display settings, too!].

1998

Float

Koan Essentials Morphing Drum and Bass

A fun Drag'n Mix title that included Koan X Silver and a number of SF2 and WAV audio samples licensed from Zero G.

1997

Float
Niskala

Float & Niskala

Two additional artist branded & pioneering Koan generative albums were published by SSEYO: "Float" by Tim Didymus and "Niskala" by Jamuud (David Muddyman) of Loop Guru.

1996

SSEYO Koan X

SSEYO Koan X

Koan X was an easy to use, "Drag 'n' mix" system for generative music. It let you drag generative elements onto a mixing canvas (drag-and-drop) and then mix/modify the elements, including their pitch, pan and volume. Each element in the mix created its music according to what other elements were doing - they were all aware of each other, creating in that context and so it was a "group composition" so to speak. Koan X also let you control piece level rules, too, and allowed the mix elements to move randomly with a variety of flocking mechanisms (physics). It was probably a first in terms of generative music (see Sound On Sound 1997 review of Koan X).

1996

Brian Eno's Generative Music 1 with SSEYO Koan Software

Generative Music 1

In 1995 we managed (with Koan Plus) to bring the SKME to the attention of Brian Eno - and it turned out he was interested in using it! He started creating Koan pieces with SSEYO Koan Pro which, in April 1996, lead to the publication of his seminal title Generative Music 1 with SSEYO Koan software”. Luckily for researchers, Eno's early relationship with SSEYO Koan was captured in his 1996 diary "A Year with Swollen Appendices" (which includes references to SSEYO Koan and meetings with Tim Cole).

1992-95

SSEYO Koan Pro
SSEYO Koan Plus

SSEYO Koan Plus & SSEYO Koan Pro

By 1992 the first version of Koan had gone into beta with a small group of select testers. SSEYO Koan Plus software was publically released in 1994, distributed by Koch Media; SSEYO Koan Pro was released in 1995.

1990

SSEYO Koan

SSEYO

SSEYO was founded in 1990 and started developing the SSEYO Koan Generative Music Engine (SKME) [which later was at the core of the SSEYO Koan Interactive Audio Platform (SKIAP)].

1986

The beginnings...

Tim Cole had the initial idea for Koan.

Key Product Achievements

  • 2004-2007: Developed SSEYO miniMIXA (precursor to Mixtikl)
  • 2000-2006: Developed the Tao intent Sound System (now the Intermorphic Sound System)
  • 2002-2004: Developed the Advanced Polyphonic Ringtone Engine (DLS MIDI Synth and Modular Synth now part of Intermorphic Sound System, and Partikl in particular)

SSEYO awards:

SSEYO Announcements, News and Press Releases

  • Nov 5 2006 - miniMIXA reviewed in Nov Computer Music
  • Nov 3 2006 - miniMIXA referenced in Mobile Media mag
  • Oct 18 2006 - miniMIXA - Symbian's David Wood's Insight 12
  • Oct 17 2006 - Tim Cole on miniMIXA at Symbian show
  • Aug 12 2006 - Tim Cole Vodafone Receiver article
  • Jun 26 2006 - FREE Cybersonica Content Zips available!
  • Jun 26 2006 - Video clips of Cybersonica performances!
  • May 19 2006 - SSEYO + miniMIXA live at Cybersonica
  • Apr 23 2006 - miniMIXA User Guide updated for 2.0.0.25
  • Apr 14 2006 - "Breaking Points" - Didymus (Koan) & Capra
  • Mar 28 2006 - miniMIXA++: "Opens its Kimono"
  • Mar 02 2006 - miniMIXA at 3rd Int. Mobile Music Workshop
  • Nov 30th 2005 - SSEYO miniMIXA V2 launched - Raises Mobile Music Mixing Standards
  • Sept 26th 2005 - Brian Eno Uses Koan on Another Day on Earth
  • Aug 03 2005 - SSEYO miniMIXA finalist at 2005 Popkomm-IMEA Awards
  • Jul 28 2005 - Mobile Phone - The next electric guitar? [Musically.com opinion piece)
  • Jul 27 2005 - SSEYO miniMIXA nominated for 2005 Best Software Award (Pocket oC Magazine, Music Composition)
  • Jul 12 2005 - U-Myx Mobile to be powered by miniMIXA
  • Jul 07 2005 - SSEYO miniMIXA : 2005 Global Messaging Awards (Shortlist Mobile Messaging Innovation)
  • June 06 2005 - SSEYO miniMIXA in Renesas SH Mobile News
  • May 09 2005 - SSEYO miniMIXA in T3 "How To" guide
  • Mar 07 2005 - SSEYO miniMIXA wins BAFTA
  • Feb 12 2005 - Globe Technology and "Cellphones with Rhythm"
  • Jan 27 2005 - New York Times on SSEYO miniMIXA
  • Dec 15 2004 - SSEYO miniMIXA gets in depth review by MSMobileNews
  • Dec 14 2004 - SSEYO miniMIXA - unique mobile music mixer launched
  • Dec 13 2004 - SSEYO miniMIXA ranked #1 (Mobile Choice)
  • Dec 6 2004 - SSEYO miniMIXA nominated for BAFTA
  • Sep 12 2004 - SSEYO miniMIXA "Startlingly Good" (Mobile Choice)
  • Aug 12 2004 - FutureDJ Event Rocked by Mobile Phone Application
  • Aug 12 2004 - SSEYO miniMIXA in World-first Mobile DJ Set
  • 27 Feb 2004 - Tao Group delivers Java and Audio (APRE) to new Voq™ Professional Phone by Sierra Wireless
  • 19 Jan 2004 - Vodafone Receiver article by David Toop includes Tim Cole quotes on Tao iSS and SSEYO Koan
  • 16 Jan 2004 - Sonaris pick up on Tao intent and iSS
  • 5 Jan 2004 - Ceiton Inc. use Koan for interactive audio in WinLIKE [IE]
  • 10 Dec 2003 - J@pan Inc with Music Media Watch feature on Tao Group's Advanced Polyphonic Ringtone Engine
  • 28 Oct 2003 - intent Sound System from Tao Enables Advanced Musical Functionality on Windows Mobile-based Smartphones
  • 21 Oct 2003 - Tao's Advanced Polyphonic Ringtone Engine Available First on Windows Mobile-based Smartphone
  • 10 Sept 2003 - Windows Mobile Smartphone Powered With intent Rocks Electronic Music Festival
  • 27 Mar 2002 - Tao Group Acquires SSEYO

Key Product Achievements

  • 2001: SSEYO Ringtone Remixer
  • 2001: SSEYO Koan Vector Audio & format
  • 2001: SSEYO Koan for Pocket PC (iPAQ)
  • 2000: SSEYO Koan plugin for Dreamweaver
  • 2000: SSEYO FreeDrum Flash based beats with IKMC
  • 2000: Modular Synth added to IKMC and Koan Authoring Tools
  • 1999: SSEYO Freensense Flash based badge with IKMC
  • 1999: SSEYO Freemixer Flash based generative mixer with IKMC
  • 1998: SSEYO Koan Essentials Morphing Drum + Bass with Zero G
  • 1998: Koan^Oasis world's 1st distributed generative composition
  • 1997: Tim Didymus' "Float"
  • 1997: Jamuud of Loop Guru' "Niskala"
  • 1997: SSEYO Interactive Koan Music Control (IKMC) Plugin/Active X with extensive Javascript API
  • 1997: SSEYO Koan Pro 2 Authoring System
  • 1996: SSEYO Koan X Drag-n-Mix Authoring Tool
  • 1996: SSEYO Koan Plugin for Netscape
  • 1996: Brian Eno's "Generative Music 1" with SSEYO Koan Software
  • 1995: SSEYO Koan Pro 1 Authoring System
  • 1994: SSEYO Koan Plus (Koan Player) Generative Music System (Koan being precursor to Noatikl)

SSEYO awards:

SSEYO announcements

  • 27 Mar 2002 - Tao Group Acquires SSEYO
  • 13 Nov 2001 - Ringtone Remixer Brings New Groove to Mobile Phones
  • 4 Oct 2001 - Brian Eno's Email Composition Makes History
  • 26 Sep 2001 - SSEYO Nominated for 2001 BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Awards
  • 25 Sep 2001 - > Mobile Audio Really This Small.. <
  • 13 Jul 2001 - SSEYO to Support OCPA and Consolidate Relationship With Tao
  • 4 Jun 2001 - Koan Brings 100 Byte Audio to Pocket PC
  • 24 May 2001 - SSEYO Appoints Eno and Caswell to its Advisory Board
  • 20 Mar 2001 - SSEYO SSOUNDS for Dreamweaver
  • 27 Feb 2001 - SSEYO and Orchimedia Combine to Provide Interactive Entertainment For Wireless Devices
  • 27 Nov 2000 - DJ With Your Cellphone
  • 29 Aug 2000 - SSEYO Announces $1.5 Million Investment
  • 5 Jul 2000 - Mobile Music Strikes The Right Key
  • 8 Jun 2000 - SSEYO: The Freedrum To Create
  • 9 May 2000 - SSEYO Adds Powerful Synthesiser To Koan Interactive Audio Platform
  • 1 Apr 2000 - Loop Guru and Koan
  • 21 Feb 2000 - SSEYO provides interactive music content for Freeserve
  • 27 Jan 2000 - SSEYO Joins Tao and Criterion in Digital Content Heaven
  • 24 Dec 1999 - Treasure Trove of Royalty Free MP3 Samples Online - A Big Yo! From SSEYO
  • 17 Dec 1999 - Funsize Audiovisual FreeSenses with Seasonal, "Fortune" and Y2K Themes
  • 12 Dec 1999 - 'Convergence I' recorded generative compilation
  • 24 Nov 1999 - SSEYO Freesense brings fastest net audio to any email or website
  • 21 Oct 1999 - Koan "Reasonable Doubt" Audio CD
  • 18 Oct 1999 - SSEYO Music Mixer featured in Intel WebOutfitter showcase
  • 10 Oct 1999 - SSEYO FreeMixer features on Yamaha UK website
  • 23 Sep 1999 - More Net Music Power as SSEYO Koan Plug-In now optimised for the Intel® Pentium® III processor
  • 20 Sep 1999 - SSEYO FreeMixer For Fast Online MP3/MIDI Music And Animations
  • 5 Sep 1999 - Koan in permanent Greyworld installation for Yorkshire sculpture park
  • 2-9 Sep 1999 - SSEYO Koan featured in Ars Electronica 99
  • 26 Aug 1999 - SSEYO Koan Mac Internet Audio Engine Supports Interactive MP3
  • 19 Jul 1999 - Imagine You're in Another World With SSEYO FreeSense "Rainforest"
  • 17 May 1999 - MP3 Rocks Generative Music To a New Tune
  • 16 May 1999 - SSEYO Freeharp "Commusicators" Discovered on the Internet by SSEYO
  • 30 Mar 1999 - Generative Music Now Drives Internet Animations
  • 4 Jan 1999 - Koan Music Plugin for Mac Rings the Changes
  • 25 Nov 1998 - Media Rich Banners Under 10k Include Dynamic SSEYO Koan Music
  • 1 Oct 1998 - Generative Koan music system now on the Power Mac
  • 24 Sep 1998 - 3 new scorching LoFi SSEYO SoundFont template packs
  • 7 Sep 1998 - Internet, Music and Stars.
  • 31 Aug 1998 - Revolutionary SSEYO Koan Internet Music Mixer SKimmer in music industry shakeup. IKMC5 launched simultaneously.
  • 31 Aug 1998 - SSEYO's Tim Cole is plenary speaker at ninth annual International Symposium on Electronic Art
  • 20 Aug 1998 - Make royalty free music with 4 scorching SSEYO SoundFont template packs
  • 13 Jul 1998 - Netscape choose SSEYO Koan software for expanded Netcenter SmartUpdate Service
  • 2 Jul 1998 - Koan Gig - Unkle Velvet to play Manchester, UK Jul 11
  • 1 Jul 1998 - Koan Essentials Morphing Drum & Bass CD-ROM ships!
  • 1 Jul 1998 - Koan Gig - Jammin* Device play Paris, France July 3
  • 29 Jun 1998 - Koan on BBC Radio 3
  • 23 Apr 1998 - Koan Essentials - Morphing DnB
  • 23 Apr 1998 - Moebius - Koan community Forum
  • 15 Apr 1998 - SSEYO's Inaugural Internet Koan^oasis
  • 8 Apr 1998 - The NetStream by Tim Cole
  • 2 Apr 1998 - SSEYO Koan Pro & UK PM Tony Blair
  • 1 Apr 1998 - New SSEYO SoundFont Guitar Packs
  • 26 Feb 1998 - Intermorphic Koan Art Gallery
  • 12 Feb 1998 - Major new Koan Software release
  • 28 Jan 1998 - Time+Space and Koan at NAMM
  • 27 Jan 1998 - New York Eno Koan Installation
  • 8 Jan 1998 - New Koan link logos
  • 2 Jan 1998 - Koan in Creative Labs Inspire
  • 2 Jan 1998 - *Lots* more Koan is coming in '1998
  • 27 Dec 1997 - PiriPiri gig with Koan in France
  • 24 Dec 1997 - Installing Koan is now so easy!
  • 18 Dec 1997 - Koan for the festive season...
  • 10 Dec 1997 - Koan live in Stuttgart, Germany
  • 8 Dec 1997 - Koan program on Creative's Inspire
  • 28 Nov 1997 - See Koan X for yourself!
  • 25 Nov 1997 - Koan music on BBC Radio 4
  • 20 Nov 1997 - Meet the Koan Master
  • 19 Nov 1997 - Now buy Koan software in USD!!
  • 17 Nov 1997 - See Koan at Comdex with Microsoft
  • 17 Nov 1997 - Musical carpets lead the way
  • 27 Oct 1997 - 3 1/2 hour SoundFont piece
  • 25 Oct 1997 - Koan Master in London gig
  • 7 Oct 1997 - NEW Interactive Koan Music Control
  • Oct Issue 1997 - Koan gets real seal of approval
  • 16 Sept 1997 - Koan Artist Gallery
  • 10 Sep 1997 - Koan X SoundFont Template Pack
  • 14 Aug 1997 - MIKE - Live Connect version now here!
  • 12 Aug 1997 - MIKE - Active X version now here!
  • 8 Aug 1997 - SSEYO Koan at SIGGRAPH
  • 5 Aug 1997 - KoanWorld - BT Shared Spaces project
  • 2 Aug 1997 - Didymus Koan installation of "Float"
  • 1 Aug 1997 - CompuServe and Koan
  • 26 Jul 1997 - MIKE to enrich WWW!
  • 22 Jul 1997 - 32 bit Koan X software ships
  • 20 Jul 1997 - New Koan ActiveX control
  • 18 Jul 1997 - SSEYO and Time+Space Distribution
  • 18 Jul 1997 - Updated Active X showcase
  • 14 Jul 1997 - Updated LiveConnect showcase
  • 5 Jul 1997 - AWE Pack 3 - SSEYO Koan X Templates
  • 20 Jun 1997 - SSEYO Koan Pro 2 - its here!!
  • 18 Jun 1997 - Gary Hayes of the BBC on Koan
  • 2 Jun 1997 - Koan makes Yamaha front page
  • 21 May 1997 - Technology partnering with SSEYO
  • 20 May 1997 - Sensorium Scan by Andrew Garton
  • 19 May 1997 - Didymus at the Brighton Fringe Festival
  • 2 May 1997 - Hewlett-Packard + SSEYO's Koan X software
  • 30 Apr 1997 - Starting Koan Newsgroup discussions
  • 25 Apr 1997 - Eno Koan recordings at the White
  • 24 Apr 1997 - Yamaha US link to us
  • 14 Apr 1997 - New TerraTec SoundSystem Maestro 32/1996 Template Pack 1
  • 13 Apr 1997 - New AWE Template Pack 2
  • 27 Mar 1997 - KoanMusic Community Ignites
  • 27 Mar 1997 - London Gig - Tim Didymus/KoanMusic at The Sprawl
  • 25 Mar 1997 - Release of "Niskala" by Jamuud of Loop Guru
  • 24 Mar 1997 - M2 PRESSWIRE, #352148 - UUNET/SSEYO
  • 21 Mar 1997 - Yamaha link to Koan X - they love it!
  • 20 Mar 1997 - Open Market Inc feature SSEYO as case study
  • 19 Mar 1997 - Tomorrow's World Live at the NEC and Koan X Platinum
  • 14 Mar 1997 - Hot extra Koan X Template packs now available!
  • 21 Feb 1997 - New Koan software today!
  • 14 Feb 1997 - New Koan ActiveX control and programming tips
  • 10 Feb 1997 - Creative Labs the first multimedia company to 'go public' on KoanMusic
  • 3 Feb 1997 - Koan LiveConnect programming tips
  • 31 Jan 1997 - Koan Plugin for Navigator Gold
  • 5 Jan 1997 - SSEYO Online Store
  • 31 Dec 1996 - New Year's wishes from SSEYO
  • 30 Dec 1996 - BBC Radio 3's "Music for the next Millennium" talks about KoanMusic
  • 16 Dec 1996 - SSEYO Koan X V1.0 ships!!!
  • 11 Dec 1996 - KoanLive at IBM PC London Press Event
  • 5 Dec 1996 - The Body Shop features KoanMusic on their website
  • 5 Dec 1996 - UK gig - Sprawl & SSEYO by the sea + special launch preview of Koan X
  • 18 Nov 1996 - Creative Labs Koan Comdex press releases
  • 10 Nov 1996 - UK - Body Shop charity gig
  • 10 Nov 1996 - USA - San Jose Koan gig - 15th Annual New Age Renaissance Fair
  • 4 Nov 1996 - Koan ActiveX control announced
  • 16 Oct 1996 - National BBC Radio 1 and Koan X
  • 10 Oct 1996 - Press - SSEYO Koan X makes it easy to create free music content for the WWW
  • 9 Oct 1996 - New Koan X drag 'n' mix software beta now uploaded
  • 9 Oct 1996 - New Koan plugins and players with the new Koan engine
  • 27 Aug 1996 - New Koan pieces for the Yamaha Midplug
  • 25 Aug 1996 - National paper "Sunday Business" - SSEYO KoanMusic story
  • 19 Aug 1996 - Three ambient Eno KoanMusic pieces to check out
  • 19 Aug 1996 - Listenup - KoanMusic to be on National BBC Radio 3 "Mixing It"
  • 13 Aug 1996 - New Koan Dance music engine V3 beta
  • 30 Jul 1996 - Press - Koan software ships on CompuServe demo CDs
  • 17 Jul 1996 - Press - KoanMusic rocks Netscape's LiveConnect showcase
  • 9 Jul 1996 - Koan LiveConnect showcase page - 6th in world
  • 4 Jul 1996 - Eno's exclusive online conference on CompuServe - transcript
  • 2 Jul 1996 - Press - Microsoft Network (MSN) UK demo CD - includes Koan software
  • 1 Jul 1996 - Stunning demo for LiveConnect and Netscape Navigator 3
  • 30 Jun 1996 - Windows 1995/ I.E users - new downloads for you
  • 26 Jun 1996 - Netscape/SSEYO press release about Koan plugin
  • 8 Jun 1996 - Imagination conference - Eno demos Koan Pro to over 3000 people
  • 2 Jun 1996 - UUNET PIPEX - Official SSEYO website
  • 23 May 1996 - SSEYO Koan plugin - now listed on Netscape's plugin page
  • 25 Apr 1996 - Foley Hi Tech - SSEYO's first American download "sponsor"
  • 25 Apr 1996 - VKOOL comms. - SSEYO's 1st Canadian download "sponsor"
  • 17 Apr 1996 - Brian Eno's Generative Music 1 with SSEYO Koan Software launched
  • 2 Apr 1996 - Australia's Toy Satellite - SSEYO's 1st download sponsor
  • 1 Apr 1996 - The Gap reviews the Koan project
  • 13 Mar 1996 - New 32 bit version of Koan Pro V1.2 (and others)
  • 3 Mar 1996 - SSEYO company presentation in SPC's revolutionary ASAP format
  • 1 Mar 1996 - The Independent - Eno "The beginning of a new era"
  • 17 Feb 1996 - The Mix - "Light years ahead"
  • 15 Feb 1996 - PC Format Silver Award - "Amazingly effective"
  • 15 Feb 1996 - Sunday Times - "Debussy would have loved Koan"
  • 11 Feb 1996 - Computer Shopper - "Public has a right to know"
  • 23 Dec 1995 - Koan Pro wins first choice in FM Gear of the Year award
  • 3 Dec 1995 - Tiny new Koan file format
  • 3 Dec 1995 - New Koan demos Sitar/Low Res Shaping/Sprint
  • 14 Nov 1995 - Eno KoanMusic exclusive on CompuServe - GO ENOKOAN
  • 30 Oct 1995 - New Koan Pro/Koan Plus demos available online today
  • 27 Oct 1995 - Koan Pro released
  • Sep 1995 - SSEYO asked to present technology to Creative Labs European developer conference
  • Oct 1994 - SSEYO Koan Plus V1.0 product released (distributed by Koch Media)
  • Sept 1990 - SSEYO incorporated
  • Jun 1986 - Tim Cole had the initial idea for Koan