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by Richard Barbieri

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    2. NEW SOUL 2018 (5.28)
    3. RUN LOLA (9.34)
    4. UNHOLY live 2017 (9.28)
    5. SHUT DOWN (5.04)

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Run Lola 09:34
Shut Down 05:04


The final release in the Variants series.

is a new composition and an imagining of walking towards the light. In contrast to the final track on this EP which is a step into the dark, yet both uplifting to my ears. I’ve used voice samples of Lisen Rylander Löve throughout the track.

2. NEW SOUL 2018 (5.28)
is based around a melody and chord progression that I had stored in midi form on a data filer drive since the early 90’s. I used it to initiate an improvisation in the studio with Porcupine Tree that eventually became “Buying New Soul”, a piece we frequently played live. I performed this with Steven Wilson recently at one of his Royal Albert Hall concerts and since had it in mind to revisit my original part with a new arrangement. The intro and coda sections feature an amazing thunderstorm that I recorded during the Rain Tree Crow album sessions in the South of France.

3. RUN LOLA (9.34)
I guested with a band called The Bays on many occasions. They never released a record and never rehearsed, thus every live performance was improvised and unique. We played live to showings of the film “Run Lola Run” a few times, most notably from a floating barge in Sydney harbour.
This is my opening theme piece for a film that already has a cool soundtrack. A futile gesture it could be said. Featuring Luca Calabrese - trumpet, Lisen Rylander Löve - voices and Gill Morely - reversed violin, RB - synthesisers, sampler and percussion programming.

4. UNHOLY live 2017 (9.28)
was recorded at the Blue Orange Theatre in Birmingham. The first time I played this live with Lisen Rylander Löve - saxophone, kalimba, electronics. RB - synthesisers, loops, keyboards, all percussion parts on backing track.

5. SHUT DOWN (5.04)
is a drone piece and a direction that interests me more these days. Knowing I’d be recuperating after a recent operation, I prepared a mini analog modular set up that would be within easy reach, and this was one of the results. I think it nicely brings to an end this “Variants” series. It’s been an interesting year and I want to thank you all for supporting this music and encouraging me to make more.


released October 12, 2018

All tracks written and produced by Richard Barbieri and published by Orange Asylum Music. Administered by Universal Music Publishing Group.

Mastered by Lee Fletcher (Unsung Productions)

Art - detail from Thomas 2018 by Samantha Keely Smith used with kind permission, Design - Bill Smith


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Richard Barbieri London, UK

Musician and Composer.

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