Patterns of Consciousness

by caterina barbieri

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hellmuth schomberg
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hellmuth schomberg 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. Favorite track: Gravity that Binds.
Paul Jordan | OST
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Paul Jordan | OST A modern modular classic and a masterclass in the effectiveness of simplicity in repetitive motion. Favorite track: Scratches on the Readable Surface.
Stefano Roserba
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Stefano Roserba Ciao Caterina
Purtroppo la mia copia mi è stata consegna ta piuttosto danneggiata.
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Released by Important Records on April 21, 2017.

"Patterns Of Consciousness is the powerful second full length album from analog synth composer Caterina Barbieri. Gorgeous high resolution analog textures and algorithmic melodies unfold under Barbieri's careful control, exploring the basic nature of sound and consciousness. These pieces are minimal in arrangement but maximal in presence asserting Barbieri as a unique voice in contemporary electronic music composition. Highly recommended to fans of Alessandro Cortini and Eleh." (Important Records)

"Patterns Of Consciousness finds Caterina Barbieri at her best, elegantly moving between melodically pleasant yet twisted sequences and comforting, reassuring sonic spaces. Every piece, while given a singular identity, is part of the bigger picture: a work of art that will push you, pull you, and then eventually leave you with your back against the wall once you get to the last track. " Alessandro Cortini (Nine Inch Nails)

"Shows off her knack for compositional contortion, bending fibrous synth lines around one another in mammoth, labyrinthine braids, which breathe and collapse in swimming fractal-like arrangements." Thump

"A pattern creates a certain state of consciousness. Once it is created, the pattern stands as an object exactly like the sound waves which generate it. We are at the same time inside and outside of the object. While being it, we observe it. Over time we become familiar with the inner structure of the pattern. We decode its gravitational centres, where our psycho-motor attention is attracted, where everything seems to be drawn. When a change in the pattern occurs it causes a perturbation of the previously established field of forces. This causes consciousness to fracture, potentially unfolding layers of perceptions we weren't aware of or simply suggesting that we access only a fraction of our psychic potential. The layered nature of consciousness and the relativity of perception are some of the biggest secrets we can experience through sound." Caterina Barbieri


released April 21, 2017

Music composed and produced by Caterina Barbieri between September 2015 and January 2016. Mixed at Elektronmusikstudion in
Stockholm (SE). Composed with an ER-101 Indexed Quad
Sequencer and a Verbos Harmonic Oscillator.
Images by Giovanni Brunetto
Photography by Angelo Jaroszuk Bogasz
Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi
First edition pressing of 500 double LPs packaged in a gatefold jacket. An edition of 200 sets on transparent blue vinyl is available for Important mailorder customers.


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caterina barbieri Milan, Italy

Caterina is an 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. ... more

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