A Generator of Multidimensional Noise

Generation of natural looking noise has many application within simulation, procedural generation, and art, to name a few. The 'ambient' package provides an interface to the 'FastNoise' C++ library and allows for efficient generation of perlin, simplex, worley, cubic, value, and white noise with optional pertubation in either 2, 3, or 4 (in case of simplex and white noise) dimensions.

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ambient is a an R package that provides access to the FastNoise C++ library for generating noise. As such it provides fast generation of perlin, value, cubic, and worley noise in 2 and 3 dimensions, as well as simplex and white noise in 2, 3, and 4 dimensions.

Most of the noise patterns can be generated as fractals as well with support for fbm, billow and rigid-multifractal, and can optionally be pertubed.

There's not much more to it. If you are in need of a noise generator ambient is your friend, if not you probably shouldn't care.


For the time being ambient is only available on Github, and can be installed with devtools:


In the future the package will be available on CRAN as well.


Following is a couple of examples of the noise patterns possible with ambient:

plot_raster <- function(mat) {
  mat <- (mat - min(mat)) / diff(range(mat))
# Simplex
plot_raster(noise_simplex(c(500, 500)))

# Simplex - No fractality
plot_raster(noise_simplex(c(500, 500), fractal = 'none'))

# Worley (cellular)
plot_raster(noise_worley(c(500, 500)))

# Worley - with pertubation
plot_raster(noise_worley(c(500, 500), pertubation = 'normal', pertubation_amplitude = 40))


Reference manual

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0.1.0 by Thomas Lin Pedersen, 6 months ago


Report a bug at https://github.com/thomasp85/ambient/issues

Browse source code at https://github.com/cran/ambient

Authors: Thomas Lin Pedersen [cre, aut] , Jordan Peck [aut] (Developer of FastNoise)

Documentation:   PDF Manual  

MIT + file LICENSE license

Imports Rcpp

Linking to Rcpp

System requirements: C++11

See at CRAN