Caterina Barbieri is an Italian composer who explores themes related to machine intelligence and object oriented perception in sound through a focus on minimalism.
Following 2017’s acclaimed 2LP “Patterns of Consciousness”, “Ecstatic Computation” is the new full-length LP by Caterina Barbieri. The album revolves around the creative use of complex sequencing techniques and pattern-based operations to explore the artefacts of human perception and memory processes by ultimately inducing a sense of ecstasy and contemplation. Computation is turned from being a formal, automatic writing technique into a creative, psychedelic practice to generate temporal hallucinations. A state of trance and wonder where the perception of time is distorted and challenged.
Equally nervous and ecstatic, the fast permutation of patterns can create a state where time stands still whilst simultaneously being in motion. Is this propulsive music moving forward or backward? As long as the perception of the present is constantly enhanced and refreshed
in an endless sense of loss, re-discovery and the search for self-orientation this question lies mute aside the thrilling and perplexing moment of the matter at hand.
released May 3, 2019
Music composed and produced by Caterina Barbieri.
Vocals in track 4 are performed by Annie Gårlid and Evelyn Saylor and recorded by Stefano Tucci at Failsafe Studio.
Mastered by Rashad Becker at D&M.
Artwork by Ruben Spini
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This is a great album, pure minimal sequencing, devoid of pads, melodies, or percussion. The final track is just gorgeous.
But I cannot hear anything new here - early Steve Roach and Ashra albums have similar quirky minimal pieces.
The all too snappy envelopes in the first and last piece are a bit unnerving. hellmuth schomberg
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There are so many things I could say about why this album is absolutely perfect. But to keep it short, single-handedly the most depressing album I've listened to, but also the most fantastic album I've listened to. Would highly recommend to anyone willing to give it a listen. mcdoob