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Italian composer Caterina Barbieri explores the psycho-physical effects of repetition and pattern-based operations in music, by investigating the polyphonic and polyrhythmic potential of sequencers to draw severe, complex geometries in time and space. Approaching music practice as an integrative cognitive feedback between humans and technology lies at the core of her current sonic research, which focuses on the creative use of computation and complex sequencing techniques to trigger temporal and spatial hallucinations.
In each of her pieces, Caterina Barbieri presents a singular identity in part of a bigger picture, a simple pattern, taken in about as many directions as it can go as it finds a way into a whole universe of mind-altering layers that build and repeat to a grand crescendo.
After commanding some of the most important audiovisual avant-garde festivals in North America and Europe with Spirit Exit's portentous live A/V, Caterina returns to MUTEK MX to a more than perfect setting: the Anahuacalli Museum and its unique volcanic architecture.
Italian modular synth composer Caterina Barbieri, part of collaborative projects Upper Glossa (W/ Kali Malone) and Punctum (w/ Carlo Maria).
Light-years, Stroboscopic Artifacts, Editions Mego, Important Records, Cassauna
Spirit Exit (Warp Records, 2022)
With Fantas variations (Editions Mego, 2021) Caterina continued her experiments with sonic repetition and artistic collaboration, but with new variations: eight versions of her song “Fantas”, by artists such as Bendik Giske, Kara-Lis Coverdale and Jay Mitta.