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Vertical is Caterina Barbieri's debut album (Important Records/Cassauna, 8 October 2014) composed for Buchla Synthesizer 200 and vocals.
Vertical is a meditation on primary waveforms and the polyrhythm of harmonics in synthetic sounds, stretching the boundaries between drone, minimalism and techno. Barbieri's minimalist focus arises from the exploration of the stratigraphic potential of voltage-controlled sequencers, in terms of polyrhythm and polyphony.
All the tracks were played, recorded and produced in Stockholm, at the Royal University of Music and Elektronmusikstudion in summer 2013.
Vertical has been reissued in February 2016.

Barbieri’s music “reveals the potential present in each singular tone - as well as the movement of a piece as a whole - to envelop the listener with little regard for linear time. Each sound is both a piece of a larger whole - an ever-fluctuating stream of techno-inflected minimalism - and a world unto itself, rich with texture and resonance that draws the listener in with a magnetic pull” (Adhoc Magazine)

8-channels versions of Vertical have been presented in multichannel listening contexts such as the University of Manchester (UK) during Sines and Squares (MANTIS sound system), Kulturhuset during Sound of Stockholm (SE), Stockholm Drone Society's multichannel showcase during Norbergfestival (SE), De Doelen (NL), Call and Response at Enclave (UK), Conservatorio G.B.Martini during Martini Elettrico (IT).


released May 4, 2017

Music composed and produced in summer 2013 by Caterina Barbieri at EMS (Elektronmusikstudion) and KMH (Royal University of Music) in Stockholm.
Caterina Barbieri: Buchla Modular Synthesizer 200, voice.
Ellen Arkbro: vocals in track 5.

Released by:
Cassauna/Important Records
Release date:
8 October 2014



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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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