Create beautiful music in Lily - a playful music creation game for people of all ages and musical abilities. Explore music and melody to produce delightful, tuneful lily ponds. Relax in a calming, creative experience in which there is no winning or losing - only artistic exploration and expression.
Use the lilies to compose looping melodies and develop musical patterns and harmonies. Alter each lily's petal count to create tunes of different lengths and produce interesting, evolving pieces.
Develop intricate compositions using lily pads to control the playback of lilies over time. Chain lily pads together to form networks and produce complex musical arrangements.
A variety of sounds - Choose from 15 lily flowers, each with their own unique sound and available in 1-8 petal variations.
Powerful musical controls - Precise note selection with the option to choose from 7 musical scales in 12 keys. Control each lily's loop-count and note duration to produce interesting musical patterns and harmonies.
Develop intricate musical arrangements - Create interesting compositions using lily pads to control the playback of lilies over time. Chain lily pads together to produce complex musical arrangements.
Explore the Enlightenment - A collection of tutorials and pre-made compositions to teach and inspire.
Where did the concept for Lily come from?
Lily was born from the idea: Can the experience of playing a musical instrument be captured by a game?
Playing a musical instrument can be a fun and artistically expressive activity for musicians, as well as regularly being associated with evoking 'flow state' – the feeling of being 'in the zone' in focused, relaxed enjoyment of the activity.
Lily attempts to evoke a similarly creative and relaxing experience for players of all musical abilities by offering a playful, accessible, and expansive environment for musical exploration.
How does it work?
Players compose original musical pieces by creating lily ponds containing lilies and lily pads.
A lily is a musical flower. Each petal creates a musical note, with petals being played one after another moving clockwise around the lily. Players can change a lily's melody by moving its petals up and down – the higher the petal is, the higher its note will be.
Lilies can be created with between 1-8 petals, with a lily's petal count determining the length of its melody. Using lilies with different petal counts can quickly build up interesting, shifting musical loops.
There are currently 15 types of lilies to choose from, each with its own unique sound and a number of musical settings including tempo, musical scale, loop count, and volume.
Lilies can be placed upon lily pads. Lily pads are used to control the playback of lilies over time. For example, a Sequencer lily pad will play each of its lilies one after another, allowing a player to sequence melodies. Alternatively, Ensemble lily pads will play all of their lilies at once, enabling the player to start many lilies together.
In addition to placing individual lilies directly on a lily pad, lily pads can also be connected to other lily pads to form 'chains'. This enables the creation of longer sequences and intricate compositions.
I saw Lily on mobile platforms, is this the same game?
No, not quite. The first realization of Lily came to mobile platforms back in 2016 where it saw much success, including being featured worldwide as Apple's App of the Day on multiple occasions.
Lily has since been re-imagined and re-designed for the PC platform. To stress – this is not a port. Pelican 7 believes in the importance of designing experiences with their target platforms and audiences in mind throughout.
Ok, so what's different from the mobile version?
A lot. But to be specific, the major feature differences include:
Full 3D Perspective — Lily ponds are now rendered in a 3D RTS-style view. Players can move around the lily pond using traditional RTS controls (WASD, scroll-to-zoom etc.), as well as place lilies & lily pads freely within the environment.
Lily Pads — New for PC, Lily Pads allow players to control the playback of lilies over time and to form networks, significantly increasing the compositional possibilities.
Musical keys — The ability to change musical key plus three new musical scales - Harmonic Minor, Major Blues, and Minor Blues - giving 85 total musical scale possibilities.
Enlightenment — A collection of tutorials and pre-made compositions to teach the basics and inspire players with ideas for new creations.
Controls & Interface — All interaction has been redesigned for the PC and a keyboard & mouse control system, as well as a complete redesign of all menu screens and structure, including the Save system.
Graphics — Improved graphics including 3D perspective and customizable settings (Bloom & Anti-Aliasing).
As well as many more additions including procedural menu music, loop control, and new tempo options to name a few…
Pelican 7 is a one-person independent games developer based in Warwickshire, England, and was founded in November 2014 by Andy Barnard.
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