Caterina Barbieri (b. 1990) is a composer and performer of electronic music now based in Berlin. Her music is a sonic utopia about emerging machine intelligence and human desire of pattern detection. Using synthesis, psychoacoustics and repetition as key concepts, the Italian composer stylizes the dancing of wave cycles in severe geometries of time and space on the boundary between minimalism, drone and techno.
Her minimalist focus arises from a meditation on primary waveforms and the polyrhythm of harmonics, mainly rooted in the exploration of the polyphonic and polyrhythmic potential of voltage-controlled sequencers. Repetition and pattern permutation as media of perceptual insight are at the very core of her current sonic research.
Her debut album “Vertical”, composed for Buchla Modular Synthesizer and vocals, was produced between Elektronmusikstudion and the Royal University of Music in Stockholm and released on the American label Important Records/Cassauna in October 2014.
Caterina Barbieri holds a diploma in classical guitar and a Bachelor’s degree in electroacoustic music from the conservatory of Bologna, Italy (plus an exchange programme at the Royal University of Music in Stockholm, Sweden) with a thesis about 3D spatialisation and the perception of time, space and sound spectrum in vertical music. She also got a Bachelor’s degree in the Faculty of Humanities and Philosophy of Bologna with a thesis in ethnomusicology about Hindustani music and minimalism. Her work has been commissioned and performed in festivals and venues of experimental music in Europe such as Norbergfestival (SE), Worm (NL), Dancity (IT), RoBOt (IT), Suona Francese e Angelica (IT, FR), Elektronmusikstudion (SE), Jardins Efémeros Festival (PT), Stockholm music and arts (SE), Imago (IT), De Montfort University (UK), FLUSSI (IT), EGH by Enrico Ghezzi & Emiliano Montanari (Blob, Fuori Orario, RAI TV).
Her music has been released also by the labels Oma333 and Trovarobato. Barbieri’s upcoming album POC – Patterns of Consciousness, featuring music composed in 2014 with the 200 Buchla modular system, will be released as a vinyl by the American label Important Records in 2016. She is now producing a new album inspired by the idea of exploring the mechanisms of perception itself through ideally infinite permutation of melodic and rhythmic patterns developed and processed in both analogue and digital environments.
Barbieri’s music “reveals the potential present in each singular tone – as well as the movement of a piece as a whole – to envelop the listener with little regard for linear time. Each sound is both a piece of a larger whole – an ever-fluctuating stream of techno-inflected minimalism – and a world unto itself, rich with texture and resonance that draws the listener in with a magnetic pull.” (Adhoc Magazine)
As of February 2016