Composer for film and theatre, Jonathan Snipes, recently scored the Sundance 2021 horror documentary hybrid film A Glitch in the Matrix, directed by Rodney Ascher.
A Glitch in the Matrix takes audiences on a journey through science and philosophy to examine the theory that humans live in a simulation, and the world as people know it, is not real.
Snipes wanted the score for A Glitch in the Matrix to sound like the hacker movie music in the 1990s while also leaning into the very contemporary sounds of streaming audio and digital transmissions. The score of the film is very digital and contemporary. Aside from being the composer on this film, Snipes was also its sound designer, sound supervisor, and re-recording mixer.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Snipes about his recent work for A Glitch in the Matrix. We also spoke about his process when composing music and unique sounds for film, sine waves, attending Sundance festival as film fans, and other great behind the scenes details.
Alongside his work in film, Snipes also works extensively as a theater sound designer, especially in Los Angeles’ Geffen theater. He also teaches a course on sound design in UCLA’s theater department.
Snipes is also a longtime collaborator of Hamilton star Daveed Diggs, through their freestyle rap group Clipping, and produced other Daveed tracks including Rappin Ced in the credits and album of Pixar’s Soul and Disney’s Puppy for Hannukah song.