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Dolores Catherino


Dolores Catherino is a polychromatic composer and multi-instrumentalist. Her avant-garde compositions use sonic pitch pallets of 106 and 72 EDO (equal divisions of the octave) and are performed on visionary 21st century keyboard instruments. 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/dolomuse

Convergence – an intuitive composition process which vaguely aims toward increasing clarity and a sense of ‘directionality’ and flow.

A process where ideas, intuition, imagination and seemingly infinite possibilities slowly converge into an expressive form. Paradoxically, as ideas and impressions converge toward an ‘answer’, new expansive possibilities and questions become ‘visible’, and the process continues in unforeseen directions…

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‘Temporal Parallax’ … expanding expressive dimensions in auditory spacetime.

TEMPORAL in the sense of auditory phenomena and perception.
PARALLAX – a difference in aural ‘appearance’ depending on the observer’s perceptual position (perspective shift).

Metaphorically, listen for a 3-D to 2-D aural ‘collapse’ and distinct dimensional contrast between final resolving chords.

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An introduction to polychromaticism as a new musical language, and an introductory comparison of 21st century electronic instruments (multidimensional polyphonic controllers) including the Tonal Plexus, Roli Seaboard, Continuum Fingerboard, and Microzone U-648, from a microtonal perspective.

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NewMusicBox Articles

Articles January 18 2018 | By Dolores Catherino

I needed to find an intuitive and efficient way to work with 106 notes per octave. The immensity of new musical possibilities can seem overwhelming.

Articles January 11 2018 | By Dolores Catherino

Isolated methods of music practice are rapidly multiplying without a framework of integration and orientation for musicians and listeners to grasp. The polychromatic system is one framework of integration for...

Articles January 4 2018 | By Dolores Catherino

We have no words for many perceptual aspects of hearing--imagery, visualization, dimension, space, etc.--so we are faced with communicating auditory concepts in analogy or metaphor. My perspective is to link...

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