By Crystal Math
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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_.
I love Metric, but they inexplicably dropped the ball on this promotion.
The app is next to useless, offering only tiny bits of samples to make a very short clip out of, and the end result is little more than sequencer-and-drum-machine-like noise.
The artwork is supposed to be a famous design team's work, so I've read, but it did nothing but clutter up the interface. Maybe the songs with the more "open" or "innovative" controls fare better.
Lastly and sadly, it all comes across as a money grab by the band or some entity in a business relationship with them. It's not what I expected from a band with such a cool, progressive image. It would be rather ironic for a band who got stung so badly by the uber-capitalistic music industry to seemingly follow suit and prey on the fans.
Interesting, but not empowering or worth it
I haven't seen an all quite like this. While the artwork (largely by design legends Superstructure) is interesting, the remix functionality is not nearly powerful or interesting enough to be worth of the name “remix.” Basically, you get tools to make the songs sound very much worse, or a different set of tools to make a super-short loop of samples, on a song-by-song basis.
And the result is extremely forgettable.
I regret having bought the in-app purchase. This will add nothing to my life!
Might need to click restore purchases on second device
Bought on iPhone first doing the in app purchase of the bundle. Then on the iPad it appeared I'd get charged again. App tech pointed out I could click the "restore purchases" link which is hidden from view at the bottom of the pop up page for buying tunes or the bundle.
- Category: Music
- Released: Nov 12, 2013
- Version: 1.0
- Size: 181 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: 7270712 Canada Inc.
- © 2013
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
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