Caterina Barbieri is a Berlin-based Italian composer who explores themes related to machine intelligence and object oriented perception in sound through a focus on minimalism.
Barbieri holds a diploma in classical guitar and a bachelor's degree in electro-acoustic music from the conservatory of Bologna, Italy, alongside a bachelor's degree from the Faculty of Humanities and Philosophy of Bologna with a thesis in Ethnomusicology about Hindustani music. Since 2013 she has researched and produced music at the Elektronmusikstudion in Stockholm, and her debut album, Vertical, composed for Buchla 200 and vocals, was produced between Elektronmusikstudion and the Royal University of Music in Stockholm.
Barbieri’s composition practice arises from a meditation on primary waveforms and the exploration of the polyphonic and polyrhythmic potential of sequencers. By means of synthesis, pattern-based operations and subtractive counterpoint, her music draws severe geometries in time and space. Approaching music practice as an integrative cognitive feedback between humans and technology lies at the core of her current sonic research. Barbieri has collaborated with Berlin festival Atonal on multimedia productions including her collaboration with Kali Malone Upper Glossa, and 2017 saw her release the solo work Patterns of Consciousness on Important Records (listed by Fact Mag as one of the best records of spring 2017) as well as her collaborative project with Carlo Maria Punctum on Berlin imprint Summe.