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Dolores Catherino

Anchorage, AK      

Dolores Catherino is a PolyChromatic composer and multi-instrumentalist. Her avant-garde compositions explore ‘pitch-palettes’ beyond 100 notes per octave. Inspired by creative collaboration, she also explores integrated perspectives at the crossroads of music, science, technology, and the humanities.

“OUT∃R WΩRLDS by composer Dolores Catherino represents a search for intelligent life between the notes. The result bridges the gap between 20th-century classical modernism and classic synth space music.” – Marc Weidenbaum, Disquiet.com


∃ = existential quantifier symbol; there exists _____.
Ω = omega symbol; something immense, or nearing the end of an accumulation of extraordinary development, existing at the boundary of profound transformation. A process of ever-expanding consciousness.

Exploring the music “between the notes”. Hidden worlds of auditory perception; lifelike qualities within the chords, apart from the external motion of chord progressions.

“Music” as expression (via sonic ‘metaphor’) of ideas existing beyond the limits of spoken language.

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‘temporal parallax’ polychromatic composition

‘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. This suggests the existence of new and yet unnamed auditory-spatial dimensions.

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What is PolyChromatic Music?

An introduction to the polychromatic system, and comparison of innovative 21st century electronic instruments (multidimensional polyphonic controllers) including the Tonal Plexus, Roli Seaboard, Continuum Fingerboard, and Microzone U-648.

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NewMusicBox Articles

Articles January 25 2018 | By Dolores Catherino
Implications of Polychromatic Music

The experience and practice of polychromatic music brings to auditory awareness new harmonic interactions and multidimensional spatial effects. Additionally, the increasing auditory perceptual discrimination developed in the practice may lead...

Articles January 18 2018 | By Dolores Catherino
Creating Music with the Polychromatic System

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
Understanding the Polychromatic System

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...

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