Caterina Barbieri is an Italian composer and musician currently based in Milano. Her work explores the psycho-physical effects of repetition and pattern-based operations in music, by investigating the polyphonic and polyrhythmic potential of sequencers to draw 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, often exploring states of trance and emotional focus. Pitchfork has described her music as “a mind-altering journey” and “a dreammachine for the ears”.
Her first release Vertical, composed for Buchla 200 and vocals, was produced between Elektronmusikstudion and the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and released via Important Records’ Cassauna offshoot (2014). Since then, her work has been extensively presented in festivals and venues across the world such as Atonal and Berliner Festspiele, Mutek, Unsound, Sonar, Primavera Sound, Dekmantel, Barbican Centre, Philharmonie de Paris, Berghain, Biennale di Venezia.
Her full-length debut album Patterns of Consciousness (Important Records, 2017) has been named as one of the best releases of the year and the decade (Resident Advisor, Noisey, Fact Mag, The Wire). Her 2019 release on Editions Mego, Ecstatic Computation, has been critically acclaimed and is record of the year on Bleep. Caterina has performed and collaborated with a variety of artists including Kali Malone (as Upper Glossa), Carlo Maria (as Punctum) and the visual artist Ruben Spini, who created the visuals for the A/V performance Time-blind. To-date, Caterina Barbieri’s live productions and bookings have been handled by OUTER Agency and her writer’s rights by Warp Publishing.
She has recently signed her first movie soundtrack for Pascual Sisto’s “John and the Hole”, that was selected at Cannes 2020 and Sundance 2021, as well as scored fashion shows by Fendi, Gucci, Calvin Klein and Off-White. Her latest 2LP Fantas Variations (Editions Mego, 2021) features eight radically different re-interpretations of her synth classic Fantas by a wide diverse mix of artists (Bendik Giske, Kara-Lis Coverdale and Jay Mitta among others) gathering together to celebrate the eternal transmutability of music at the intersection of electronic and acoustic sound phenomena.
Barbieri holds a Master degree in classical guitar and a Bachelor’s degree in electroacoustic composition from the Conservatory of Bologna, Italy, alongside a Bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Humanities and Philosophy of Bologna with a thesis in Ethnomusicology about Hindustani music and minimalism.