Designing sound effects for the minimalist hip-to-be-square spots was an exercise in silence for Bissen, Gross and Motia. "It was a case of quieter is better," says Bissen. "The visuals barely move, so the sounds had to be meaningful but sparse." Some requested sounds, such as contact with a wet toilet seat in "Hierarchy," don't exist in nature, never mind a sound library, so the Metatechnik crew got creative in the name of bathroom humor, layering the impact of a slap with the splat of bare feet in a puddle. For "Superstition Ladder," sounds were necessary for the appearance of arrows that show where characters would walk, as well as the sound of a piano crushing an unlucky soul. The designers opted for a retro video-game noise for the arrow, while they layered the smashing of a wooden crate with synthesizer dissonance and a decapitation to accompany the piano. "We got to dive into the horror section of our sound library, which we hadn't really touched at all," says Gross.
Though their influences and style vary as much as they possibly could, when the three are together, something gels to create a versatile working situation where individuality is expressed, but teamwork wins out. They share self-deprecating jokes, a genuine enthusiasm for what they do, and a camaraderie that seems attributable to natural chemistry. "We were naive when we started, with no client base or reputation, just formal training in music and composing," says Gross, who also produces and serves as company rep, and joined Motia and Bissen from Zen Music. "We were young and confident," says Motia, who met fellow co-owner Bissen while attending Brown University. "We knew we could do it." Then Bissen chimes in, "We had the courage, and as long as we can write music, we're happy." However chummy things are at work, they diverge when it comes to personal projects. Motia tours with new wave rock band Ex Models, Bissen deejays techno-trance at clubs, and Gross fronts pop band Moto Star and collaborates with Bissen as electro-pop duo Balm.