The METRIC Synthetica app’s eleven interactive song experiences visually remix, filter, ... More
The METRIC Synthetica app’s eleven interactive song experiences visually remix, filter, and sequence songs from Synthetica and Synthetica Reflections. In half the experiences, fans remix songs by painting pattern samples into sequencers embedded within the app’s 3D landscapes. Fans can change the instruments and their speeds, and turn tracks on and off to create their own METRIC-like songs and samples. In the other experiences, fans remix songs directly through sliding finger gestures over warping surreal scenery, choosing audio effects from a palette that appears under their fingertip, and sliding their fingers around the screen to adjust the filters. Multiple finger gestures at the same time apply simultaneous effects. The design of the app was inspired by the work of Superstudio, a late-1960s Italian architecture collective spearheaded by Cristiano Toraldo and Adolfo Natalini whose conceptual architecture promoted the harmony of people, nature and technology. METRIC was heavily inspired by Superstudio imagery during the writing of the Synthetica album. This app is a collaboration between METRIC and award-winning app developer Snibbe Studio whose credits boast numerous interactive-visual-music apps including app albums for Björk’s Biophilia and the Philip Glass/Beck collaboration REWORK_.
Last updated 18 Nov 2013
Published 18 Nov 2013
Its not easy being a musician these days. Gone are the days of recording and releasing an album and simply releasing it into the market place, playing a tour to promote it and hoping for the best. There have been plenty of ways that musicians and record labels have tried in the past to draw attention to themselves. Colored vinyl, limited editions, extra tracks, free gig tickets - they've all been flogged to death in the past. Now it's time to move on into the age of technology and find other ways of attracting attention and selling more units. Canadian band Metric have been around for a few years now and their last two albums, "Fantasies" and "Synthetica" (which featured a great cameo vocal from none other than the recently departed Lou Reed) have been damned near perfect indi rock masterpieces. Always willing to experiment with something new, the band have put together this beautiful looking iOS app that lets you play around and remix songs from the album as well as delivering some great visual effects to keep you amused while you do it.
To be honest, I'm surprised that other artists haven't taken on a more aggressive stance when it comes to releasing music these days and one has to admire Metric in taking on such a powerful product and presenting it so well. The app gives you the chance to interact with and create unique new versions of all the songs from the...