Cells is my second attempt at creating a musical instrument / sound toy.
It's based on Conway's Game of Life cellular automata algorithm.
Every square of the 256 squares in the grid represents a different tone, arranged low to high from left to right, top to bottom. The tones are activated whenever the pattern covers the square. Up to 4 layers of patterns can be used, and each layer has an assigned speed and volume. Additionally, layers can be looped through maunally, or set to run empty allowing for doodling (bit-jamming?)
Above is a recording of me interacting with Cells. If you want to play yourself, it can be downloaded here: [mac]
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