The company we co-founded in 2007
Intermorphic is best known for its Wotja, Noatikl and Mixtikl apps and its founders history with SSEYO Koan.
"Intermorphic" is a word that means "between forms". It was first used by us at SSEYO, a company we co-founded back in 1990 and where we built SSEYO Koan (see Wotja History). We feel it's still apt for today as we're continuing to innovate & grow .
Multi-platform Wotja is now the evolution of all that we've pioneered over 30+ years. It's a generative music DAW with support for AUv3/VST3 Plug-in Hosting, but is also an AUv3/VST3 Plug-in, too. It generates ambient & adaptive music, MIDI and/or text etc. using generative engines that rely largely on chance. These engines deploy various AI techniques & heuristics to constrain outcomes to those that feel natural and organic. You can easily create & play or go as deep as you want. Use Wotja for ideas, music, installations and more...
Deep exploration may not always be easy, but it's very rewarding - life's a journey, not a destination.
Knowing where you came from and how you got to where you are is important. It's why people search out their family tree. It means something and it helps you understand your place in the world. It can even help give a sense of purpose and direction.
The history of software is no different, it's a journey. And like any long journey it can take many interesting twists and turns.
We at Intermorphic know the long history of Wotja as we've been there every step of the way.
Evolution of our 'Generative Music System' - from SSEYO Koan to Wotja
SSEYO Koan: Although the initial idea sprouted in 1986 the first stage of our long journey really started in 1990 with the formation of our company SSEYO (see our credits). 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 native mobile music making apps for use on Smartphones. Intermorphic now owns all past SSEYO IP.
Tikltech: The second stage of our evolution started in 2007 and lasted 10 years. Amongst other things it involved a clean-room rebuild of the Koan Music Engine which could load/play SSEYO Koan files. We decided for a number of reasons to adopt a new branding and thus was born the Noatikl Music Engine. We also created two other engines, a Text engine (Liptikl) and a new sound engine (Partikl). These engines these were at the heart of a number of our tikl-branded apps including Noatikl, Mixtikl, Liptikl and Tiklbox.
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 4 that we really commenced our third stage and for which the term Reflective Music is well suited. It's a continued evolution on what we started in 1990 (and the old SSEYO Koan files can still be opened/played!) but of course there's a whole bunch that is new, and a lot can be done for free, too. We keep adding more so why not check it out? We hope you like Wotja and stick around to enjoy its continued evolution!
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 realized that to be able to keep moving forward we had to consolidate the capabilities of all of these into just one powerful Generative Music System app. We decided that Wotja was the best app to take it all forward. Here is how that consolidation went.
In 2017 we completed the first round of our 'app consolidation' for the iOS/macOS versions of our apps, therefore Wotja at that time was 'Apple-only'. To keep things simple our docs referred to this original Apple-only 'variant' as 'Wotja A' (NB: On the App Store it was still called 'Wotja' and had the foregoing icon).
For 2018 we developed a new cross-platform UI variant (i.e. 'X') called 'Wotja X' which had the foregoing icon.
By the time of Wotja V5.4 the two variants ('Wotja A', 'Wotja X') were major feature equivalent and so we referred to both as just 'Wotja' and they had one User Guide and Wotja page that was common to both.
By 2019 there was just one Wotja variant but with different app versions (see Wotja Apps). These versions all used the X-platform UI approach we developed for 'Wotja X'. It was at this time we changed our Wotja version numbering system to be one that reflects the year of release, i.e. in 2019 we had Wotja V19, keeping it simpler for all!
2020 saw the start of a whole new and exciting Wotja product cycle where we were finally able to consolidate our Wotja app product range into just 2 apps per OS platform (yay!). These included the TV player apps as relevant (iOS, Android) and we also added an all new Apple Watch app (iOS).
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 Wotja V20+ can open / play your old Koan SKD files).
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Our primary brands are now Intermorphic and Wotja.
A bit of background
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 / accommodate 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 letter-play 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 practice 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 at the time 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. See our archive page for links to archive material on our "Tiklapps".
Nothing stands still and we continue 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.
In addition to domains for our trademarked products, we also own a number of domain including the following (we've been active in the area of generative music for ages [since 1990 effectively]): generativemusic.net, generativemusic.co.uk, reflectivemusic.com, peaceablemusic.com, wotjamusic.com, text-to-music.com, mymindfulmusic.com and inmomusic.com.
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Website layout (Bootstrap Docs)
As a general template for our website layout we use the "Bootstrap Docs" layout (https://getbootstrap.com/docs/5.1/getting-started/introduction/).
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We are hugely grateful to the developers for making it available under CC3.0 and it is, quite frankly, awesome.
All-in-all it means we use "Bootstrap Docs" files (docs.css and docs.min.js) as well as the "Bootstrap Docs" webpage html. We have customized some of the html, id and class names etc. and have created our own customized CSS/JS overrides (im.css and im.js). We have then added own content (html, text, images etc).
Intermorphic is Tim Cole & Pete Cole - yes, just two brothers - and we have now been working together in generative music since 1990. However, without the incredible support and interest from so many over the years then we would not be where we are today with our current Apps, Engines and Content. Our thank-you list below is an ever expanding one, in no particular order, and does not include everyone (sorry to those we have missed!). We offer our heartfelt thanks and gratitude as follows:
- To our beloved mum and wives as without their generous support, quiet encouragement and long suffering patience we would never have had the strength to continue on this very long and challenging road. We are only here through their kindness.
- To the awesomely talented Mark Harrop and Timothy Didymus, longstanding friends, colleagues & artists who are also occasional advisors and contributors. When times are hard their sublime generative music creations have given us the much needed inspiration to press onwards. On many occasions we have also had the pleasure of commissioning them and what you hear is in good part down to their absolute genius - we love you dearly, thank you!
- To all customers, and most especially those who wish to continue with us as we move forward - we love you, thank you!
- To everyone who made contributions to our forums, has helped others and given feedback or who has blogged, tweeted, reviewed, facebooked or otherwise written nicely about or shared content they have made with our apps and in so doing helped others to find us - we love you, thank you!
- To our outstanding beta testers for their testing efforts and everyone who has given feedback, found bugs and helped with suggestions - we love you, thank you!
And from our SSEYO days
- To early content creators such as David Muddyman, Andrew Garton, Paul Weir and Igor Dvorkin.
- To all our old SSEYO friends and colleagues including Jon Pettigrew, John Wilkinson, Steve Crawshaw & Chandra Modi and including from later days (1996 onwards) Jerry Leach, Paul Blampied, Jerry Swan, Nick Barefoot, Simon Robertson, Kerry-Anna Saia, Natalie Da Gama Rose, John Tenkoni and also including Jesper Bennedbaek, Wenwu Wang etc. from our Tao Group audio days (we are focusing primarily on audio and so there are way too many to list here, but they include all those who went on to work at Antix Labs!)
- Finally, a big thanks to Brian Eno for his support and kindness to us in the SSEYO Koan years, out of which arose his pioneering release '"Generative Music 1" with SSEYO Koan Software'.