Broken Melody is the first single from the Italian composer and musician Caterina Barbieri’s new album Spirit Exit, which will be out on 8th July through her recently launched label, light-years. 

The music video, a result of the artistic collaboration with Ruben Spini, is directed by Iacopo Carapelli and co-produced by C41 and Blackball. Like a direct portal to another dimension, it takes us on a visual journey into her sound world. Crossing abstract and almost sacred landscapes, stone caves, and dark woods, we face different bodies levitating in slow-motion, intertwining, and restlessly lying on the ground. Elements that move simultaneously fast and slow, feeling both massive like a force of nature, and at the same time intimate like a private conversation. An intimate journey into Caterina Barbieri’s crafted sound, that stands as a reflection of our times. In which the beautiful and the dreadful effortlessly coexist.

Elements of the footage used for the Broken Melody visual will be featured in a multimedia installation from Caterina Barbieri Ruben Spini called Vigil, commissioned by 180 Studios. It will be part of Future Shock, a major new exhibition of 14 leading international artists and collectives working at the cutting-edge of audiovisual technology, open at London’s 180 The Strand from 28 April and till 28 August 2022. 


Produced by C41 (

Co-Produced: Blackball (@blackball)

Co-commissioned by 180 Studios  (@180.studios) and Fact Magazine (@factmag)

Executive Producer: Barbara Guieu (@barbara_guieu)

Artist: Caterina Barbieri (@cat_barbieri)

Concept & Art Direction: Caterina Barbieri (@cat_barbieri) & Ruben Spini (@rubenspini)

Director: Iacopo Carapelli (@iacopocarapelli)

DoP: Giuseppe Favale (@giuseppefavale)

Editor: Iacopo Carapelli (@iacopocarapelli) & Elena Petitti di Roreto (@komollo)

Colorist: Orash Rahnem (@orashr)

Label: light-years (@light____years)

Post production: DEEPICE, Mauro Moretti, Roberto D’Ippolito x

Titles: Nicola Tirabasso

Production Manager: Maria Borgognoni (@maria.borgognoni)

Assistant Producer: Lorenzo Poloni 

Scenography: Fabrizio D’Arpino

Assistant Scenography: Elena Strafella

Prop Master: Gianfranco Parmigiani 

Movement Director: Elisa Zuppini (@elisazuppini)

MUA – Greta Giannone (@poiccahontas)

Characters: Inga Lavarini (@ingalavarini), Federica Nicastro (@fednicastro), Omar Jaimes (@omarjaimes_), Costanza Candeloro (@costanza.candixx), Filippo Beccati (@fairy_hustler), Joselin Solange Morales, Giulia Fossati (@3timesmyname), Gabriele Gangi, Elisa Zuppini (@elisazuppini)

Phantom Operator: Claudio Fusini

1st AC: Paolo Gobbi (@paologobbi8)

2nd AC: Davide Bongiorni

Stage AC:  Riccardo Lorenzi

Gaffer:  Francesco Galli

Elettricista: Fabio Proserpio, Marco Marangoni 

Key Grip: Riccardo Villella (@villellariccardo)

Grip: Alessio Zecchinello (@zecchinelloalessio), Fabio Macchi (@fabio_macchi)

Rigger: Luca Fachini, Enrico Comeo 

Drone: Turbostudio (@turbostudio__skydivision)

Drone Operator:  Rocco Diddio (@rocco__didio)

About Iacopo Carapelli 

Born in 1990, in Milan, Iacopo Carapelli began showing a keen interest in visual language, particularly that of cinema, from a very young age. During his high school years, he formed a group made of young video-makers in which he experimented with different styles. He strongly believes in observation in the field as a way of learning and understanding the mechanisms, which is what led him to enter the world of video production soon after spending two years at the Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. He collaborated in the production of numerous commercials and soon became an advertising director himself, standing out for his distinctive visual language, which combines his spirit of observation with the search for a brutal, but nonetheless poetic, aesthetic.

Instagram: @iacopocarapelli

About Caterina Barbieri

Caterina Barbieri is an Italian composer and musician currently based in Milano. Her work explores the psycho-physical effects of repetition and pattern-based operations in music, by investigating the polyphonic and polyrhythmic potential of sequencers to draw complex 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, which focuses on the creative use of computation and complex sequencing techniques to trigger temporal and spatial hallucinations, often exploring states of trance and emotional focus. Pitchfork has described her music as “a mind-altering journey” and “a dreammachine for the ears”.

Her first release Vertical, composed for Buchla 200 and vocals, was produced between Elektronmusikstudion and the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and released via Important Records’ Cassauna offshoot (2014). Since then, her work has been extensively presented in festivals and venues across the world such as Atonal and Berliner Festspiele, Mutek, Unsound, Sonar, Primavera Sound, Dekmantel, Barbican Centre, Philharmonie de Paris, Berghain, Biennale di Venezia.

Her full-length debut album Patterns of Consciousness (Important Records, 2017) has been named as one of the best releases of the year and the decade. Her 2019 release on Editions Mego, Ecstatic Computation, has been critically acclaimed and is record of the year on Bleep. Caterina has collaborated with a variety of artists including Kali Malone (as Upper Glossa), Carlo Maria (as Punctum), Drew McDowall, Bendik Giske and Lyra Pramuk, as well as the visual artist Ruben Spini, who created the visuals for the A/V performance Time-blind.

She has recently signed her first movie soundtrack for Pascual Sisto’s “John and the Hole”, that was selected at Cannes 2020 and Sundance 2021, as well as scored fashion shows by Fendi, Gucci, Calvin Klein and Off-White.

She’s also the founder of the independent label platform light-years. Barbieri holds a Master degree in classical guitar and a Bachelor’s degree in electroacoustic composition 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 and minimalism.


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