The Italian synth artist adds cello and voice to her spellbinding compositions.
On the opening track, "Human Developers," the long, declarative drones meld into signals that sound like walls of distorted guitar noise coupled with wavering cello. Halfway through, ecstatic wails appear out of a quietened backdrop, and a spectrum of scintillating sounds emerge as the song comes to a close. It's as if the soundwaves are taking form in the sky—some travel across like shooting stars, others root themselves into the arrangement like constellations. While naming tracks might be an afterthought to some, Barbieri treats them like a conceptual necessity. Take "We Access Only A Fraction," which seems to transpose a map of someone's neural network into music. Vocal sighs dissolve into whirrs, resonating like just another layer of Buchla noise, whose signals are rendered into rapidly firing neurons communicating with each other.
The other two tracks, "Rendering Intuitions" and "How To Decode An Illusion," also evoke concepts of human biology and outer space. Both convey a distinctly melancholic bliss. "Rendering Intuitions" gets there with overlapping cello drones. On "How To Decode An Illusion," Barbieri shapes vocal tones into a chorus that sounds as though it's singing through silky layers. With Born Again In The Voltage, Barbieri goes deeper into undressing familiar timbres, this time with human voice and string instruments. With them, she's able to guide us on an introspective trek through the expanse of our own brains and the cosmos alike.