Crystalline/Glacial

sadmanbarty

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Music that sounds like crystals.

Music that’s crystal clear.

Music that crystalizes.


Purity, sharpness, edges, frosted, fractal, cool air, arctic color schemes, slick, sleek.


This isn’t merely aesthetic, it’s cognitive. That LSD sharpness.

Clear headed, sharp witted, a moment of clarity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omJuxrA5NhM
 

sadmanbarty

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Chewing gum marketing plays around with this aesthetic; “Ice”, “Spearmint”, “Wintermint Ascent”, “Ice Breakers Cool Mint”, “Winter Mint”, “Airwaves”.

That thing of clearing your airways.

Being bunged-up is the polar opposite of this. Your mind gets all mushy when you have a cold. Snot is viscous. Sonic viscosity is swampy and mid-range rather than sharp and treble.
 

sadmanbarty

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This aesthetic is integral to Apple’s chic; touchscreen, operating system names (Snow Leopard, Mountain Lion, Sierra), the default desktop pictures are mountains and arctic ranges.

The Shard (which is just one massive iPhone) also fits into this.
 

sadmanbarty

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I forgot to post earlier that this aesthetic can defeat itself by crossing over into garishness.

Glass reverts back to sand.

That LSD cognitive electricity becomes frazzled as wires get mixed and fuses get blown.

Seraphic light becomes migraine-inducing.

Snow blindness.

The threshold between enlightenment and madness.
 

luka

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The mountain is an important component of this symbol complex. Again, isolation, spiritual elevation, a vantage placed above the human, the heavens, the arduous ascent
 

luka

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Wiley. Where again it seems to operate mostly as a metaphor for isolation, becoming inhuman, cold blooded, unemotional, numb.
 
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luka

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The acid state can seem very inhuman, the cold windy rock of Hassan Sabbah. Woebot told me an essay I wrote last year had that authentic psychedelic coldness, which I don't think he meant as a compliment exactly. Something alien about it, not disembodied precisely, but lifted out of human concerns. The reptile eye.
 

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Ket feels a bit like that at times. Very detached, like being encased and falling deeper into frosted glass. That's on smaller doses though when it feels a bit cleaner. Beyond a certain point it gets a bit sludgy and mushy.
 
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