The Intermorphic Past

SSEYO - The IM Past


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 whose assets were sold in 2007, which was why we then started Intermorphic - we wanted to continue our life's work in creating generative 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.

Brief History


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 for the demise of Tao Group in June 2007.

Before Tao Group's assets were sold 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.


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"). Intermorphic has continued working with / developing VA approaches meaning that social media shareable Wotja Music URLs (which use a URL file format) can play entire generative music pieces, fully loaded with FX and including various display and visualiser settings.



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.



Float with SSEYO Koan Software

Landmark generative music release by pioneering generative artist Timothy Didymus. Featured Koan pieces written and recorded between 1995 and 1996



Niskala with SSEYO Koan Software

Landmark generative music release by pioneering generative artist Jamuud (David Muddyman) of Loop Guru. Featured Koan pieces written and recorded in 1996.




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).


Brian Eno's Generative Music 1 with SSEYO Koan Software

Generative Music 1 with SSEYO Koan Software

In 1995 we managed (with Koan Plus) to bring SSEYO Koan 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 1995 diary "A Year with Swollen Appendices" published in 1996 and which includes several references to SSEYO Koan and various meetings with the Coles (primarily Tim Cole) and also Jon Pettigrew.


SSEYO Koan Pro

SSEYO Koan Pro

After a long development cycle, SSEYO Koan Pro V1.0 was published in 1995 and went on to be updated and extended several times in the following years. SSEYO Koan Pro was a powerful generative music authoring system.


SSEYO Koan Plus

SSEYO Koan Plus

By 1992 the first version of Koan had gone into beta with a small group of select testers. SSEYO Koan Plus software was published in 1994 and distributed by Koch Media.




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)].


The beginnings...

Tim Cole had the initial idea for Koan.

SSEYO After Tao

Key Product Achievements

SSEYO Awards

SSEYO Announcements & News

SSEYO Before Tao

Key Product Achievements

SSEYO awards:

SSEYO announcements

SSEYO Patent Filings