Caterina Barbieri is a Berlin-based Italian composer who explores themes related to machine intelligence and object oriented perception in sound through a focus on minimalism. Caterina 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. Her current sonic research investigates the creative use of computation and complex sequencing techniques to explore the artefacts of human perception and trigger temporal hallucinations, by ultimately inducing a sense of ecstasy and contemplation.
Her solo LP Patterns of Consciousness (Important Records, 2017) has received critical acclaim and been named in several ‘Best of 2017’ music round-ups (Fact Mag, The Wire, Boomkat etc.). Her work has been presented in festivals such as MaerzMusik and Atonal, Mutek, Unsound, Sonar, Barbican Centre, Philharmonie de Paris, CTM, Ableton Loop, Moogfest, Biennale di Venezia.
2019 sees her release the LP Ecstatic Computation on Editions Mego and perform in contexts such as Primavera Sound, Sonar, Dekmantel, Maison de la Radio, Funkhaus etc.
“…one of electronic music’s most interesting new voices” (Fact Mag)
“…one of the modular synth’s brightest and most singular new voices” (Pitchfork)
“Barbieri offsets mathematical precision with a haze of effects to summon a liminal zone where time stands still. (...) Barbieri makes deep listening sound effortless” (Fact Mag)