ACT!: ‘Grey Matter AR’ Snapchat Compositions [100] (Halocline Trance, 2021)

January 25, 2021 at 8:19 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

ACT!: ‘Grey Matter AR’ Snapchat Compositions [100]

David Psutka, formerly known as Egyptrixx and Ceramic TL, recorded these pieces as a soundtrack for a series of Snapchat filters designed by artist Karen Vanderborght, created after she interviewed 10 senior citizens and intended to explore to potential of Augmented Reality. The compositions are all ordered by section, and they consist of 20 brief movements with full stops and starts. Yet it all plays like a continuous album rather than a series of ringtones strung together. There’s variations, with different note sequences, more sparkling effects, stranger pitches, and sometimes more lingering sensations. But they all feel like a brief plunge into a strange lavender-tinted pool, with every trip revealing different details.

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