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Custom soundscapes. Your design.

Love generative music? Explore & design your own fascinating soundscapes with Noatikl, the evolution of SSEYO Koan - now with SoundFont (SF2) support!* Noatikl's got the power, features and breadth of control that you need.

Who rates it? Computer Music Magazine described Noatikl 2 as “One of the best interactive composition tools on the market”. Noatikl 2 users have said things like “Outstanding App and a must for anybody interested in generative music”. See more in Reviews.

What's new in Noatikl 2.5

  • Soundfont SF2 support (mono only - stereo channel data is ignored for now), accessed/selected via improved Wavetable Sound Unit
  • Includes 6 all new high quality SF2 files (Drums Acoustic, Piano Upright, Piano Electric, Guitar 12-String, Synths, E-Perc)
  • Refreshed UI, icons and branding - it feels a lot nicer!
  • More: See the Change Log

Why get Noatikl

Because with it you can:

  • Use the many included templates to help break composer's block with new melodies & ideas
  • Create royalty free music / soundscapes: ambient, drone, EDM etc.
  • Use the sounds in the 2 included DLS files (General MIDI / GenMix1 DLS) or use your own
  • Use the sounds in the 6 included Soundfont (SF2)* files or use your own*
  • Drive & generatively change external synth, FX & sampler settings**
  • Learn about modular synth sound and FX design
  • Create / share / edit Noatikl pieces on Mobile and Desktop
  • Create pieces for mixing together in Noatikl's brother, Mixtikl
  • Play SKD files you may have made in SSEYO Koan (precursor to Noatikl)
  • Build your own hyper-instrument (Desktop version only)
  • Get creative with scripting (Desktop version only)
  • Join the active Noatikl user community!

* in Noatikl Mobile 2.5+ only at present.
** in Noatikl Mobile via Core MIDI / Virtual MIDI or Audiobus.

... and because it helps you cook ;)

To quote a haiku by Mark Harrop:

Music, recorded,
A meal, frozen.
Noatikl: Real,
home, fresh cooking.

How it works

Noatikl uses a range of generative / aleatoric / stochastic / algorithmic music techniques and parameters to generate its MIDI music notes and controller information (MIDI). This MIDI can be used to drive external synths or, for truly portable generative music, can be played through an integral and powerful modular synth and live FX system.

Key Noatikl parameters

  • Voice types: Ambient, Rhythmic, Repeat, Follows, Fixed Pattern - used to generate MIDI notes
  • Rules: Scale, Harmony, Rhythm, Next Note, Listening – used to constrain and filter the notes composed
  • Chords: Many parameters for controlling chording and arpeggiation
  • Controllers & Micro controllers: Many parameters for controlling MIDI
  • Note to MIDI CC Mapping: Used to emit MIDI controller data instead of MIDI events, useful for controlling synths and other parameters
  • Many more ... see the Noatikl User Guide for detailed information on all parameters

For in depth information concerning MIDI Note & Controller generation see the Noatikl User Guide, and for information concerning sound generation & FX see the Partikl User Guide.

Why Generative Music?

Generative Music is "endless music created by a system". People want to explore it for a whole host of reasons - from wanting to break creative block to an urge to try something different; from pure musical curiosity to wanting to create endless music with a system; from reading about it to - well, you will have your own reasons!

Just as in learning any instrument, to fashion the best music requires patience, experimentation and the honing of skills. As you master it you will find Noatikl, the evolution of SSEYO Koan, opens up rich new musical seams ready for your creative attention.

Noatikl's roots

Noatikl is the evolution of the SSEYO Koan Generative Music system used in the 90s by Brian Eno et al, and it is still evolving today in 2014.

Noatikl's developers

Noatikl is created by Pete Cole and Tim Cole, creators of the 2001 BAFTA-award winning SSEYO Koan Interactive Audio Platform, the 2005 BAFTA-award winning SSEYO miniMIXA, Liptikl (2007+) and Mixtikl (2008+).

We bring to this product the 24+ years of experience we have of developing generative music engines, and a past user base who is keen to see what we can do next. Noatikl is much more powerful and versatile than Koan ever was.

For those interested in knowing more background, see the SSEYO history.

Magazine Reviews

Computer Music Value Award Computer Music

"One of the best interactive composition tools on the market"

"Noatikl is the coup de grace in the fight against creative block"

"Offers serious built-in tone generation via Intermorphic's Partikl modular synthesis, sampling and MIDI environment"

"It would take us page upon page to convey the wealth of goodies in Noatikl 2"

"Capable of truly inspiring progressions"

Computer Music Performance Award Computer Music #126 (June 2008)

"Noatikl picks up where Captain Eno's beloved Koan left off"

"a superb resource for ideas, and a sure-fire cure for writer's block"

"that killer hook could very well spring forth from noatikl's musical stream..."

"those with an open mind may find Noatikl to be their ideal collaboration partner"

"the results were always intriguing and, more importantly, musical"

"the sky is really the limit"

"ambient musicians will eat it up"

"Noatikl is one of the most comprehensive (generative music systems) we've seen"

User Reviews

"If you are into ambient, or generative music, Intermorphic makes great apps!"

zounds23, USA

"I've only been using [Noatikl 2] for 10 minutes & love it already. Thank you!"

Chris Pollard

"I use Noatikl EVERY SINGLE DAY! for something, it has become an essential component of my personal artistic procedure."

Loopy C, USA

"Noatikl stretches the boundaries of conventional music composition & I love it! Composers can now program generative variations in their music that can be subtle or extreme. Its programmability gives me as much or as little control as I want to produce music that is alive and constantly evolving."

Jamuud of Loop Guru

"Noatikl is the most exciting and inspiring piece of software in my studio."

Mark Harrop, UK

"Noatikl remains one of those rare examples of audio software that continues to challenge and defy... I love it dearly"

Tim Didymus, UK
"Now getting stuck into Noatikl with Synplant. Brilliant combination. Just sit back and listen to the fireworks."
slipperyjim - forum member
"Loved Koan Pro. Found a mention of Noatikl on a web site. I am so happy that Koan Pro has a sucessor. Noatikl is a truly marvelous program."
Don Washburn
"With even minimal effort, the musicality of Noatikl is astonishing. Great control over musical dimensions. Love the scripting feature."
Bill P
" I purchased Noatikl yesterday and hadn't fiddled with it for 30 minutes before realizing it is the software I've been dreaming about for the past ten years. By the end of the day, I put the finishing touches on a new age / ambient piece that could easily work in a movie soundtrack. I've evaluated and own nearly every fractal, algorithmic and generative music production tool available on the internet. There are some remarkable products out there, but none, absolutely NONE of them match noatikl's brilliant balance of musical density without technical complexity. For my purposes, you've delivered exactly what I've been looking for. I'm a software developer by day and the last thing I want to do with my leisure time is try to wrap my head around yet another tool with a steep learning curve or something that demands a doctorate's understanding of music theory to get anything interesting out of it. I want a tool that takes care of the theory and the 'grunt work' and allows me to play with and sculpture sound the way a child plays in a sandbox. This is what Noatikl delivers; here is Noatikl's genius."
Richard P. Kelly , USA
"I can't tell you how long I have wished for a program like this! Noatikl is both the most powerful and easiest to use composing tool available. I am not talking about loops and canned music that lets you pretend you are on a writing streak, I am talking about a program that enables you be the architect of your own music while it takes care of (the execution of notes) the brick laying."
Jeremy Tressler, USA
"it is interesting, this user community for noatikl. if something binds us, it is the word composer, it seems. we have very different needs. and yet, we have a common need to express ourselves, in the language of our choice. what noatikl graciously provides all of us is a means to that end. it reminds all of us, i believe . . . is that our collective reach . . . is somewhat beyond our grasp . . . but never . . . never, inescapable."
Earthmuse
"I love your app, the price is more than fair given that the ideas it generates are priceless. You guys are putting a lot of work in and I appreciate that something so boutique is accessible to the masses. Keep up the good work!"
David Shamban, USA
"I've had experience with some great composition programs. But in terms of instantly bringing about good musical ideas & inspiration, Noatikl exceeds them all hands down!"
Claudio Duarte, Brazil
"I downloaded the demo of Noatikl not knowing what to expect, and instantly knew this was the cure for writers block I have been hoping for."
Douglas Johnson
"I have to give you folks a huge complement on the interface of your product. It's just a huge pleasure to work with. I'm not a real fan of software mostly, fiddling with knobs and buttons is way more engaging....but Noatikl is just such a kick, and it's real time malleable, it just continues to reward, it always gives you one more idea to try out. Very cool."
Cheer Up Poems
"Within the heart of intermorphic's software lies an original and most musical "soul", incorporating a brain of pure and true intuition - Noatikl defies any possible single quote."
Loopy C, USA
"It's been a long, long time since I've been this enthusiastic about trying to create music. It's like being a kid again and receiving a new toy day, after day, after day. Thanks for a great product."
Dan Fiasconaro
"I'm pumping the MIDI CC from Noatikl through Logic. I'm amazed with Noatikl's simplicity and power, thank you very much for this. "
Pedro Figueiredo
"Noatikl is a very remarkable and unique piece of software, congrats!"
Juanjo Cotado
"Whatever you have in your plug folder, you don't have anything remotely approaching the algorithmic composition facilities in noatikl. Combining uniqueness & depth with unmatched support, Noatikl points beyond synths & effects, toward sophisticated compositional tools that aid not just sound-making but song-making." "So far, (Intermorphic has) the best support of any plug-maker I've encountered! IMHO, Noatikl is well worth the price even at this early stage in its development history."
Greg Williams, USA
"A few months ago, I came to and bought your software, that I am enjoying so much. You simply have made one of the most powerful sound environments ever made. I am every day more amazed."
Laurent Mialon, France
"Noatikl is alive ... all you do is wake it up or put it to sleep. Once awake, it draws you into it's world. It's like it takes whatever I give it and hands me back music as if to say 'See ... this what can be done, here! You like?' Much more often than not I have to answer ... Yes!!"
Jim Faircloth, USA
"Noatikl is most interesting software for modern avantgard music. I think it is some step to the future of music - the world of future with people and machine will cooperate with their strong side - fast and absolutely logic of machine's brain and sense of art test and beautiful of the man intellect."
Sergey Kniazkov, Russia
"I instantly knew Noatikl was the cure for writers block I have been hoping for."
Douglas Johnson
"I have come to the conclusion that Noatikl is a damn amazing piece of software. it has certainly inspired me in my creations. thanks for a great program."
Darren Fisher, UK
"Discovering Noatikl is like discovering the sounds of the natural world for the first time - the chaos patter of raindrops, the patient swell of the sea, the conspiratorial whispers of the wind - and then being handed the power to do with them as you will."
Dene Carter, UK
"With Noatikl, my computer has suddenly become a porous surfboard of interactive listening with no end in sight...an open door into open sound."
Chris Fiset
"Sometimes I stay up until 2:00 AM playing with Noatikl. Love it."
Stephen Sykes, USA
"I have Noatikl. LOVE IT! What a great thing."
Al Baldwin, USA
"Noatikl is not a toy. Noatikl is a flowing river of sound, a polyphonic flamethrower of music with a deceptively simple interface. Try the demo and you're hooked."
The Permanent Record of Newjack Rasputin
  • Powerful generative MIDI music engine, with integrated "Partikl" multi-synth & Live FX for the creation of "organic" portable generative compositions and musical ideas.
  • Also includes full support for MIDI output to control external MIDI software and hardware.
  • 5 different kinds of live controllable MIDI note generators (voice types): Rhythmic, Ambient, Follows, Fixed Pattern, Repeat Bar & Listening
  • Each voice type lets you create different kinds of MIDI note streams / events and has many different parameters that control how it composes.
  • 12 element note generation rules include: Harmony, Next Note, Rhythmic, Scale; all rules can be customised and each voice can use different rules.
  • Separate "Listening" voice type that listens for incoming MIDI which, with scripting, allows for control of the Noatikl parameters so as to allow Noatikl to function as a "Hyper Instrument".
  • Voices can compose both independently and /or co-dependently with other voices in the piece.
  • Powerful chording parameters that allow creation of voice chords and arpeggiation.
  • Integrated Partikl multi-synth & modular synth/fx network for sound generation (as included in Mixtikl):
    • MIDI output from Noatikl is optional - no need to configure Noatikl with MIDI devices
    • The complete set of synth/effects presets as featured in Mixtikl
    • Supports SF2 / DLS wavetables via the Wavetable Unit [NT2.5+]
  • Includes 380+ generative templates
  • Noatikl Network editor view:
    • Shows both Noatikl Voice networks and Partikl Synth/Effects network
    • Drag Voices around for easy re-ordering
    • Drag Voice to MIDI Channel (or vice-versa) for easy MIDI channel mapping
    • Drag Voice to Voice for easy Follow/Repeat voice networks
    • Tap synth/effects boxes to pop-up built-in Partikl FX/Synth network/unit and sample editors
  • A range of piece level parameters that control tempo, piece level rules and roots.
  • Support for voice and piece level Lua scripting for those who want to custom control how the composition proceeds.
  • Parameters for standard MIDI cc controllers such as Damper/Hold, Reverb, Chorus, Damper Release, Portamento.
  • Parameter to convert MIDI notes, note offs and velocities to MIDI CC events.
  • Export pieces for tweeting or sharing; export your Noatikl compositions as "mixtikls" so Mixtikl / Mixtikl Free users can hear them
  • Built-in support for playing partikl:// and noatikl:// URLs
  • By default, now saves to .partikl format, which includes all noatikl rule data and associated partikl sound data.
  • Au and VST Plug-ins: Noatikl generates both optional Partikl audio data and MIDI data.

The quickest and easiest way to get a feel for what Noatikl can do is to check out some recordings of how people have used it. For links to some excellent recordings see:

The next best way is to actually hear it in action, live. Either:

The tutorials for Noatikl are mainly in video form. You will also find links to tutorial information in the Noatikl Forum.

Where possible, we have provided both High Definition (HD) videos via Vimeo, and, for those of you with older machines or slower connection speeds, lower-quality videos via YouTube.

Note: Most videos show an older evolution of the Noatikl user interface, where the parameter view selection was via a small combo box rather than what we now use (which is a the list of all available views on the left-hand side of the file window).

Subject Link
General Intermorphic Channel

HD Vimeo

Mark Harrop Channels

HD Vimeo

YouTube

Pete Cole Channels

HD Vimeo

YouTube

Noatikl 2 Mobile - Tutorial 1
  • Learn how to: Launch, Open piece, Play, Blend, Drift, Pin, Save synth preset, Merge pieces, Save piece, Edit piece name.

YouTube

by Tim Cole

Noatikl 2 Mobile - Tutorial 2
  • Learn how to: Change Synth preset, Copy/Paste a voice, Solo, Edit voice name, Change pitch, Change voice type, Change pattern, Export, Tweet.

YouTube

by Tim Cole

Noatikl 2 Desktop Standalone
  • Creating your first piece with Noatikl 2 Desktop Standalone.

YouTube

by Pete Cole

Noatikl 2 Desktop Audio Plugins
  • Creating your first piece with Noatikl 2 Desktop Audio Plugin (VST / Reaper).

YouTube

by Pete Cole

Noatikl 1 Desktop Mac

HD Vimeo

YouTube

by Pete Cole

Noatikl 1 Desktop Windows
  • Creating your first simple MIDI piece with Noatikl Desktop Standalone for Windows.

HD Vimeo

YouTube

by Pete Cole

Noatikl 1 VSTi & Cubase
  • Setting-up Noatikl VSTi to work with Cubase under 3 Mac and Windows so you can target your favourite software synths. Written steps here.
  • Template Project zip

HD Vimeo

YouTube

by Pete Cole

Noatikl 1 VSTi & Sonar
  • Setting-up Noatikl 1 VSTi to work with Sonar 6 under Windows so you can target your favourite software synths. Written steps here.
  • Template project zip

HD Vimeo

YouTube

by Pete Cole

Noatikl 1 Standalone & Sonar
  • Setting-up Noatikl 1 Standalone to work with Sonar under Windows so you can target your favourite software synths.
  • Template Project zip

HD Vimeo

YouTube

by Pete Cole

Noatikl 1 Standalone & Logic

HD Vimeo

YouTube

by Mark Harrop

Noatikl 1 AU (Audio Unit) & Logic
  • Follows-on from the Noatikl Standalone with Logic tutorial, and shows you how to use Noatikl AU plugin with Logic as an alternative.
  • Template Project zip

HD Vimeo

YouTube

by Pete Cole

Noatikl 1 Standalone & Cubase SE
  • Setting-up Noatikl 1 Standalone to work with Cubase SE so you can target your favourite software synths.
  • Template Project zip

HD Vimeo

YouTube

by Pete Cole

Noatikl 1 AU (Audio Unit) & GarageBand

HD Vimeo

YouTube

by Pete Cole

Noatikl 1 Note to MIDI CC conversion
  • How to use note to MIDI controller conversion to create a system of MIDI control that conforms to the musical compositional rules in noatikl.

HD Vimeo

YouTube

by Mark Harrop

Noatikl 1 & Mix Automation in Logic 8
  • Detailed walk-through of how to set up Logic 8 to enable MIDI continuous controllers sent from Noatikl to hook into Logic's internal fader message system. This powerful technique places virtually all synth, plug-in and channel strip parameters under direct generative control.

HD Vimeo

YouTube

by Mark Harrop

Noatikl 1 Standalone & Generative tempo control in Logic Pro
  • Demo of how to set up Logic to allow Noatikl to generate tempo variations whilst maintaining full MIDI sync.

HD Vimeo

YouTube

by Mark Harrop

Authoring Tutorial - St Ive's song 07 dissected
  • Detailed breakdown of the St Ives Song 07, exploring the techniques used in Noatikl to create the piece, including the use of rhythmic, following and ambient voice types, rule definition and chord creation. Also looks at one way to exploit velocity controlled sample switching

HD Vimeo

YouTube

by Mark Harrop

Any recent user tweeted noatikls/partikls (tikls) will show below: