Ray Lustig

21CM: The Future of Classical Music is... Instagram?

21CM: The Future of Classical Music is... Instagram?

I’ve been thinking about content as the engine behind transforming listening experiences ever since I came across Ray Lustig’s composagram project. These are typically 15-second musical moments set to video and published on Instagram. Lustig developed the project as a “low-stakes creative exercise,” but what sets this project apart is both its integration with technology and the cumulative effect of the pieces.

WQXR: Bite-Sized Bytes: Ray Lustig Composing in 15 Seconds

WQXR: Bite-Sized Bytes: Ray Lustig Composing in 15 Seconds

What would you do with 15 seconds? For composer Ray Lustig, it's the perfect amount of time to set up a low-stakes creative lab and ongoing audio-visual experiment. He explains below the inspiration behind his 15-second Instagram compositions, dubbed "composagrams," and how they feed his artistic growth.