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Dolores Catherino

Anchorage, AK      

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

As a musician, she is focused on exploring new sonic worlds within a polychromatic framework which simplifies and unifies our rapidly multiplying microtonal pitch-scale methods. Polychromatic concepts of musical ‘pitch-color’ and ‘interval-color’ are also intended to simplify the exploration of new aesthetic possibilities in the practice of associative synesthetic awareness: learned associations and conceptual/perceptual integration of audible pitch with visual color.  With an undergraduate study in music and graduate study in medicine, she hopes to explore and develop integrated perspectives between the sound arts and sciences.

She recently received a 2018 Rasmuson Foundation Artist Fellowship in Music Composition.


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

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/dolores-catherino 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dolomuse/ 

‘convergence’ polychromatic composition

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’ 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.

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What is polychromatic music?

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 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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