The musical vortexes of Caterina Barbieri rewire time and space. Listening to the Italian
composer and modular synth virtuoso has felt like traveling at light-speed and slow- motion all at
once since 2017’s breakthrough double-album Patterns Of Consciousness. Far beyond any new
age trope or modern synth trend, her music stands alone in its ecstatic intensity and cataclysmic
emotional impact. Marking the debut album on her new label light-years, Barbieri now delivers
her most profound work yet —a journey through inner-space as vast as a universe and as
intimate as a heartbeat. The Spirit Exit opens and we fall in.
Thematically the Spirit Exit live show draws on many sources, with references ranging from the
sacred music and transcendental poetry of female mysticism to cyberculture and post-humanist
theories, to themes of technological intimacy and machine irony, as well as the human
relationship to nature and environmental collapse. By exploring the psychedelic, trance-
inducing nature of sound, the album interrogates states of sensorial deprivation and fulfilment,
spiritual transition and transformation, alteration of memory and perception. In a landscape of
psychic desolation and vulnerability, music acts as an emotional and perceptual enhancer, a
commitment to forms of radical immanence and ecstatic telepathy, at a moment of
unprecedented social and ecological disintegration.