Caterina Barbieri shares transcendent visual for “Broken Melody”

A co-commission from 180 Studios and Fact.

Caterina Barbieri has shared the second single from her upcoming album, Spirit Exit. “Broken Melody” arrives accompanied by gorgeous visuals from director Iacopo Carapelli and artist Ruben Spini, which features stunning slow-motion sequences of levitating bodies against Barbieri’s equally transcendent synths and haunting vocals. Picking up the thread of “Knot Of Spirit,” a collaboration with “futurist folk” musician Lyra Pramuk and the first release on Barbieri’s recently launched label platform, Light Years, “Broken Melody” features the platform of the composer’s personalized modular synth, which she developed during the production of Spirit Exit in her home studio in Milan.

Spirit Exit marks the first album Barbieri has written entirely in this studio and was recorded during Milan’s two-month pandemic lockdown in 2020. The follow-up to 2019’s Ecstatic Computation and 2017’s Patterns Of Consciousness sees Barbieri exploring the inner worlds , drawing influence from St. Teresa D’Avila’s seminal 16th-century mystical text, The Interior Castle, the posthuman theories of philosopher Rosi Braidotti, and the metaphysical poetry of Emily Dickinson.

Elements of the footage taken for the “Broken Melody” visual will feature as part of “Vigil,” a multimedia installation by Caterina Barbieri and frequent collaborator Ruben Spini, recently commissioned by 180 Studios, which will be featured as part of Future Shock, a major event new exhibition of 14 leading international artists and collectives working at the cutting edge of audiovisual technology.

Future Shock, which opens at 180 The Strand in London on April 28 and will run until August 28, 2022, is transforming the underground spaces of 180 Studios through fascinating and pioneering digital technology – generative and interactive algorithms, AI and 3D digital mapping, spellbinding laser work, holographic projections and groundbreaking electronic music. Tickets are on sale now on the 180 The Strand website.

“Broken Melody” is out now and is taken from Caterina Barbieri’s upcoming album, Spirit Exit, which arrives July 8 and is available for pre-order now. You can find Caterina Barbieri on Instagram.

“Broken Melody” credits:

Artist – Caterina Barbieri
Label – light years
Concept & Art Direction – Caterina Barbieri & Ruben Spini
Director – Iacopo Carapelli
Director of photography – Giuseppe Favale
Editor – Iacopo Carapelli & Elena Petitti di Roreto
Colorist – Orash Rahnema
Post-production – DEEPICE, Mauro Moretti, Roberto D’Ippolito
Titles – Nicola Tirabasso
Produced by C41
Executive Producer – Barbara Guieu
Production Manager – Maria Borgognoni
Assistant Producer – Lorenzo Poloni
Co-Product – Blackball
Co-commissioned by 180 Studios and Fact Magazine
Scenography – Fabrizio D’arpino
Scenography Assistant – Elena Strafella
Prop Master – Gianfranco Parmigiani
Movement Director – Elisa Zuppini
MUA – Greta Giannone
Characters: Inga Lavarini, Federica Nicastro, Omar Jaimes, Costanza Candeloro, Filippo Beccati, Joselin Solange Morales, Giulia Fossati, Gabriele Gangi, Elisa Zuppini
Phantom Operator – Claudio Fusini
1st CA – Paolo Gobbi
2nd CA – Davide Bongiorni
Internship AC – Riccardo Lorenzi
Blunderer – Francesco Galli
Elettricista – Fabio Proserpio, Marco Marangoni n
Key taking – Riccardo Villella
Grip – Alessio Zecchinello, Fabio Macchi
Rigger – Luca Fachini, Enrico Comeo
Drone – Turbostudio
Drone Operator – Rocco Diddio

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