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Japan and Porcupine Tree keyboardist Richard Barbieri releases 360° video for “Solar Sea” taken from his new studio album Planets + Persona – OUT NOW

“What other planets are out there? Could there be any life 40 light-years away?” – The new 360° video for Richard Barbieri’s track “Solar Sea”, explores these questions, imagines these new worlds – colliding planets, ice crystals inside a hollow comet, volcanic asteroids spewing molten lava into open space and a breathtaking finale.

“this confirms Barbieri as one of our most invaluable musicians” – PROG

“In a career full of wide-ranging musical explorations, this may just be his most epic journey yet.” – all about jazz

360° VIDEO VIEWING INSTRUCTIONS:

To view Richard Barbieri’s Solar Sea in 360, you will need to view the video using the latest version of the YouTube app on iOS and Android. By moving your smartphone or tablet, you will be able to look around the 360 degree view. To watch on a desktop or laptop computer, you will need to make sure you are using the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Opera. You will then be able to move the view by clicking and dragging inside the video player or by using the WASD keys. For the most immersive experience, we recommend using a VR headset.

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Having seen the “Solar Sea” video for the first time using a VR headset Richard enthusiastically states “THAT WAS INCREDIBLE! It’s amazing that Miles (Skarin) has captured the movement and turbulence of planets, the particles and matter that I was trying to reference in the music. It’s a totally immersive experience and, along with the artwork, another important addition to the album experience”.

360° video producer Miles Skarin (www.crystalspotlight.com) explains the development process and techniques behind this stunning visual journey “Following the concept of Solar Sea and drawing on the album artwork, we created dramatic environments which showcase the variety and possibility of distant planets and star systems. We wanted to create visually intricate scenes – large planets colliding, ice crystals spanning across a hollow comet and even a volcanic asteroid spewing molten lava into space. These scenes were created in Maxon’s Cinema 4D by building the individual objects required for each scene and placing them in 3D space. To render the scenes, we used Video Copilot’s Element 3D, which allowed us to add materials and lighting. We then animated a path for the camera to follow which would become our 360 degree viewpoint. The scenes were set up for 360 VR using Mettle’s Skybox plugin. These tools and plugins were all brought together using Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, which create a very solid pipeline for 360 VR video production.

Order the album on CD, double vinyl and digital from the official store.

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barbs-squareJapan and Porcupine Tree keyboardist Richard Barbieri releases third solo studio album Planets + Persona via Kscope

Watch the album teaser with clips from all seven tracks below

For live dates and tour poster, see below

The Japan and Porcupine Tree keyboardist Richard Barbieri releases his most sonically expansive work to date, with a brand new album entitled Planets + Persona. It is the third Barbieri solo album, but the first to feature such a wide pallet of instrumentation. Vintage analogue synthesisers combine with acoustic performances and jazz elements. Twisted voices are always present, though not in a language we can recognise. Barbieri skilfully utilises the talents of a pan-European core of musicians to produce an album that marries synthesised sounds with organic instrumentation to conjure up vivid, colourful and allusive soundscapes. It’s a skilful commingling of texture and tone, mood and musicality.

Recorded in London, Italy and Sweden, this is Barbieri’s most ambitious solo work to date with a central theme of duality that runs through the album. The title alone – ‘Planets and Persona’ alludes to this, and the dialectic theme is a constant throughout the contrasting and shape-shifting sounds of the album. Take, for example, Night of the Hunter – inspired by Charles Laughton’s only directorial movie , the piece moves through subtle shifts of atmosphere and emphasis, through melodic, dream-like sequences through to harsher tones; it’s a piece that builds to a profound cumulative effect. Elsewhere, Solar Storm shifts gears artfully, with Percy Jones’ sometimes percussive bass work contrasting to the smoother synthesiser textures incisively. Barbieri’s purely solo Interstellar Medium shows that his ability to develop and realise a theme under his own auspices that underscores his innate creativity. It’s but one aspect of a thoroughly engrossing and immersive album.

Order the album on CD, double vinyl and digital for the 3rd March from the official store.

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Richard Barbieri announces live dates in London, Birmingham and Exeter

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Thursday 16th March 2017 (Doors 8PM)
Richard Barbieri and very Special Guest Grice

Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
exeterphoenix.org.uk

Sat 25th March 2017
A morning with… Richard Barbieri
Masterclass / Synth Workshop / Q&A / Talk

9:00AM (curfew 12PM)
The Birmingham & Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS
theticketsellers.co.uk

Sun 26th March 2017
An afternoon / evening with… Richard Barbieri and very Special Guest Grice

1:30PM (curfew 5PM) / 6:30pm (curfew 10PM)
The Blue Orange Theatre, 118 Great Hampton Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham B18 6AD
theticketsellers.co.uk

Tuesday 28th March 2017 (Doors 7PM)
Richard Barbieri and very Special Guests 
Lisen Rylander Löve (voices, electronics, saxophone) and Grice
Gandy Street, 130 Hoxton Street, London  N1 6SH
Box Office 020 7684 0060  hoxtonhall.co.uk

For professional inquiries contact Richard at info@richardbarbieri.net