AOTY 2020

Ecstatic Computation

Caterina Barbieri - Ecstatic Computation
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2019 Ratings: #43 / 758
User Score
Based on 130 ratings
2019 Ratings: #174
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!
It is big, bold and absolutely electrifying.
90
Spectrum Culture

Ecstatic Computation is a true triumph of electronic composition.

80
Resident Advisor

If Barbieri's last album was defined by subtle shifts meant to tranquilise and hypnotise, Ecstatic Computation is marked by sudden breaks from predictability. Stylistic influences and sonic textures are varied, yet they're cohesive. The result is an album that's both provocative and blissful.

78
Pitchfork
The Italian synthesizer composer explores new dimensions of her algorithmic, arpeggiated sound, playing with tempo, duration, and pacing to toy with listeners’ sense of perception.
newslang
75
Ecstatic Computation is a vast soundscape with a minimalist undertone. The entire album has a dark drone quality to it, every track feels as if it were created in a musical incubator, the patterns are continuously evolving and shifting in pitch. Unlike Caterinas previous work “Ecstatic Computation”
has a darker tone looming. The album opens with the 10 minute track “Fantas” which incapsulates the entire mood of the album. Progressively becoming more distorted the tones ... read more
usedtobe
86
Sweeping electronic release with masterful use of complex synth arrangements and polyrhythmic undercurrents pulsating into the ears. Exciting stuff that needs to be heard.
laz456
55
"Progressive electronic" got me excited but this really isn't all that interesting unfortunately.
cipater22
88
Absolutely stunning record. Fantas is 10 minutes of synth bliss.
lomalataus
80
These bleeps take you to an other plane of existence.
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Track List

  1. Fantas
  2. Spine of Desire
  3. Closest Approach to Your Orbit
  4. Arrows of Time
  5. Pinnacles of You
  6. Bow of Perception
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Added on: March 11, 2019