Punctum - Remote Sensing

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Recorded by Carlo Maria and Caterina Barbieri at Elektronmusikstudion (Stockholm) in February 2016.
Roland TB303, TR606 and Verbos Harmonic Oscillator processed through delay lines and Buchla 200 series.
Released on ∑ on May 2nd 2017 (12'', ∑ 8): hardwax.com/08880/punctum/remote-sensing/

Punctum takes an alien phenomenology approach to the naked sound of Roland TB303 and TR606, by stripping compositional tactics down to brutal minimalism. Expanded through multilayered delay lines and resonant chorus effects, the widely-recognisable Roland sound signature turns into an hybrid where the culturally established source bonding is dramatically blurred.
The choice to limit the sound palette to such a legendary timbre further reinforces the subversion effect of sound disembodiment and revisionism. By means of reduction and subtraction, the iconic sound of the silver boxes is virtually projected into an ideal desert. Where extrinsic links are hard to grasp, the perception of the sound object itself is enhanced and refreshed, thus revealing uncharted territories of sonic investigation. Unified into an archetype of sonic purity, the high tech soul of the Roland machines coexists with a dimension of timeless acoustic phenomena such as resonance, reflection and reverberation.

"303s, 606s and Buchlas dance around each other like an harmonic kaleidoscope. (...) It’s like a set of opening credits, or an tuning orchestra, setting the stage for something huge, before snaking away into the distance. Fitting then, this should be the opening for one of the most exciting records in recent memory. (Stray Landings)


released June 29, 2017

Images by Giovanni Brunetto.
Photography by Angelo Jaroszuk Bogasz.



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caterina barbieri Berlin, Germany

Caterina Barbieri is an Italian composer now based in Berlin. By means of synthesis, pattern based operations and subtractive counterpoint, her music draws severe geometries in time and space. A focus on minimalism in composition arises from a meditation on primary waveforms and exploration of the polyphonic and polyrhythmic potential of sequencers. ... more

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