Our apps encourage being in the moment ("inmo") and can help foster personal artistic creative expression ("peace").
"Intermorphic" is a word meaning "between forms". It's a word we first used at SSEYO, a company we co-founded in 1990 and where we built Koan. It's very apt for us because we, too, are still continuing to evolve our apps!
Our Creative Journey
The most valuable things in life are often those hardest to reach or achieve. Being creative is one of the most deeply rewarding things you can do, so undertaking a creative journey should never be expected to be easy - and that applies to us, too.
Our apps are creativity tools and like any "instrument" they require effort to learn to play well. And, like any instrument, they can become a life long friend if you have the tenacity to master them sufficiently. We have worked hard to keep them moving forward and evolving over the years.
One of the biggest creative challenges we have ever had to undertake was to consolidate all our apps into just one - Wotja...
App Release & Consolidation Schematic
SSEYO Koan: The first stage of our long journey started in 1990, 28 years ago, with our company SSEYO. It was a biggie for us and took 17 years. SSEYO developed various BAFTA award-winning generative music tools and "mobile music making" audio software. The 1994-released SSEYO Koan Generative Music System went on to be used by talented generative artists such as Jamuud, Tim Didmyus, Mark Harrop and Andrew Garton, as well as by the genius Brian Eno for his 1996-released "Generative Music 1 with SSEYO Koan Software". The 2004-released SSEYO miniMIXA "mobile music mixer" was one of the first powerful native mobile music making apps for use on Smartphones.
In 2002 SSEYO was acquired by Tao Group. We worked there until June 2007 when Tao Group's assets were sold (the engineering staff and management of which then went on to form a new company, Antix Labs which has now also gone). As we wanted to continue our life's work in creating apps to help generate ideas and deliver unique "inmo" experiences, we knew we had to start again, and we did so as Intermorphic.
In 2008 Intermorphic acquired the rights to the SSEYO.com domain, SSEYO trademarks and all the SSEYO, Koan, miniMIXA and iSS [intent Sound System which is now part of our Tech] related IP (noting that we did not take on SSEYO as a going concern, or get any customer records etc), so we now own our "back catalogue". The old SSEYO Koan IP is now in safe "curatorial" hands and, even though it is on the shelf and will not be further developed, maintained or supported, we are using bits of it where we can for parts, e.g. Mixtikl includes some of what was in the iSS.
Wotja: Although we started experimenting with Text-to-Music in 2013 and used it in Wotja 1, i.e. towards the end of our Tikltech stage, it was only with the 2017 release of Wotja version 4 that we really commenced our third stage. There is a lot that's new and more to come as we focus on creative relaxation and Reflective Music. We hope you stick around to enjoy this new stage with us!
We started working on generative music apps way back in the 1990s. Our first app was SSEYO Koan, released in 1992. That was followed by Noatikl [itself the evolution of SSEYO Koan], Liptikl, Mixtikl, Tiklbox and previous Wotja apps. However, by 2016 we realised that to be able to keep moving forward we had to consolidate the capabilities of all of these into just one powerful Generative Music Suite app. We decided to call this app Wotja. In 2018 there are 2 variants: Wotja A and Wotja X.
In 2017 we completed the first round of this consolidation, but only for the iOS/macOS versions of our apps, therefore Wotja at that time was 'Apple-only'. To keep things simple we're choosing in the docs to refer to this original Apple-only 'variant' as 'Wotja A' (NB: On the App Store it is still called 'Wotja' and has the foregoing icon).
For 2018 we developed a new cross-platform UI variant (i.e. 'X') presently called 'Wotja X' which has the foregoing icon.
As of Wotja V5.4 the two variants ('Wotja A', 'Wotja X') are now major feature equivalent. We therefore now refer to both as just 'Wotja' and have one User Guide and Wotja page that is common to both.
From 2019 there'll be just one Wotja variant. It will use the new X-platform UI approach presently deployed in 'Wotja X'.
Remaining differences between 'Wotja A' and 'Wotja X'
As of V5.4 'Wotja A' and 'Wotja X' are major feature equivalent. We may/not address the following minor 'Wotja X' feature differences:
Minor features (may/may not come later to 'Wotja X'):
Display screen 'fullscreen' mode (possibly)
Mix screen splitter (possibly)
Webpage WJURL loading (unlikely)
The features in 'Wotja A' that we do not plan to add to 'Wotja X' are as follows:
iOS: Apple Watch companion app (if you need this, get Wotja / Wotja 2018 from the iTunes App Store instead)
iOS: Accessibility support (really sorry, but until our new porting layer supports it we just cannot add it - if you need this, get Wotja / Wotja 2018 from the iTunes App Store instead)
Our thanks to past users...
If you purchased, used and enjoyed our SSEYO products - we greatly thank you! Although SSEYO is now gone, we hope you also decide to try out and enjoy our new apps and tools (and you may like to know that Noatikl can open / play your old Koan SKD files).
The Intermorphic Technologies include the following which are used in different combinations in our apps below:
As of V5.4 Wotja (AKA 'Wotja A') now has the same major features as Wotja X, above. New users can still get either 'Wotja A' or Wotja X as we are updating both in parallel throughout 2018, but the Wotja X UI is the one we will be taking forward in 2019.
The major differences being that 'Wotja A' for iOS includes an Apple Watch companion app and support for accessiblity.
Unique and immensely deep, it's both a generative MIDI music composition AND sound design app for the creation of high quality, royalty-free, totally custom generative music / soundscapes such as ambient, drone, relaxation etc.
A 12 track 48 cell sequencer app that lets you mix both generative music and your own or 3rd party loops to generate high quality, user-customisable, royalty free background music from ambient (relaxation / drone / sleep / mindfulness) to EDM etc.
A clever, effective app that uses the cut-up technique and word-locking to help stimulate creative writing. It can help a writer come up with novel text ideas when writing lyrics for songs, rap lyrics, poetry, stories, haikus etc. No more writer's block!
The Intermorphic Music Engine 5 is the latest version of our powerful, flexible and deep generative (MIDI) music engine and features a new Text Pattern voice type. It utilises a range of generative / aleatoric / stochastic / algorithmic music techniques and parameters to create MIDI notes and MIDI controller events. The IME 5 is the continued evolution of the Noatikl Music Engine 3 (NME 3).
The Intermorphic Sound Engine 5 is the latest version of our MIDI-driven sound engine that comprises a framework of sound synthesis and fx technologies with associated design interfaces. It goes beyond the traditional limitations of MIDI as it supports control of a number of essential fx units including Reverb, Delay, Distortion, Filtering etc. The ISE 5 is the continued evolution of the Partikl Sound Engine 3 (PSE 3).
The Intermorphic Text Engine 5 is the latest version of our cut-up text engine. It quickly generates a random cut-up from a word pool comprised of up to 5 user entered text fields as well as words blended in from an optional User Library and a user editable Wotja Word Bank. The ITE 4 is the continued evolution of the Liptikl Text Engine.
Intermorphic Content Paks are simply add-on content collections zipped in such a way to make it extra easy to use in Intermorphic apps, and with some benefits. Wotja, Mixtikl and Noatikl all include a number of template Paks.
Released as available.
Our primary brands for 2017 are Intermorphic and Wotja.
Back in 2007 we carefully chose our company name and settled on Intermorphic as intermorphic means "between forms". Besides, it also provided a link to our SSEYO past as we had used that term then, too.
We knew right from the start that we were going to build a new generative music engine which would work like the SSEYO Koan Music Engine in that its live note composition output would change "shape" to mold to / integrate / accomodate various inputs, be these external or other internal. One of the ways we saw it was as a kind of dynamic note lattice (a lattice is a regular structure that has "shape") so this is where our term kinetic lattice comes from - a "Kinetic Lattice" is always "between forms" so is perpetually intermorphic.
However, for a number of reasons we decided our first app was instead going to be a lyric generator ☺. As it is often handy to look at things from a different or "elliptical" perspective we decided our first app brand should be "Liptikl".
A the same time we were working on the brand for our upcoming generative music engine. We wanted a brand that could have a nod towards Koan, which is how we then came up with Noatikl. Even better that "Tikl" was a perfect abbreviation for The Intermorphic Kinetic Lattice.
It all turned out that this letterplay was quite serendipitous as it allowed us to refer to our underlying basket of technologies and frameworks
as The Intermorphic Kinetic Lattice Technologies or "TIKLTECH" / "Tikltech" (The Intermorphic Kinetic Lattice TECHnologies). A perfect wrap up!
Of course, we knew that when it comes to branding taxonomy the normal practise is for the common part of a brand (i.e. a stem) to be first, or to prefix other common words (e.g. Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel etc.). However, we have always been a bit different, and so we decided it was OK to go with an appended product stem, "Tikl", as it also allowed our engine / tool product brands of the day to stand on their own two feet, independent of the main company brand.
Nothing stands still and we are always striving to keep innovating so in 2016 we came to the conclusion it was time to take the bold step to try to fold all our music apps into one. Intermorphic had over the years become quite a strong brand in its own right and we had already established a great, fresh, non-technical music app brand in the form of Wotja.
It was therefore obvious what brands to choose for the next stage of our journey - Intermorphic for our engines and Wotja for our app.
Intermorphic, Wotja, Intermorphic Music/Sound/Text Engine, Intermorphic Pak, Noatikl, Mixtikl, Liptikl, Partikl, Tiklbox, Tiklpak, Tikltech and their corresponding logos are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Intermorphic Ltd. in the UK and/or other countries. Other products mentioned may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies and are the sole property of their respective manufacturers.
WOTJA (Wordmark) is a registered trademark of Intermorphic Ltd. in the EC with Community Trade Mark Registration No. 012329199.
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