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 musical possibilities within a polychromatic system which simplifies and unifies our rapidly multiplying microtonal pitch-scale methods of notation. In distinction to Spectral systems which are focused on aspects of tone color (timbre), Polychromatic concepts are focused on ‘pitch-color’ and ‘interval-color’ and are also intended to simplify the exploration of aesthetic and scientific 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 presented a TEDx Sacramento talk and performance on Polychromatic Music in 2016. In 2018, she was awarded a Rasmuson Foundation Artist Fellowship in Music Composition.
PolyChromatic Music: https://www.polychromaticmusic.com
Articles by Dolores Catherino:
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...
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.
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...
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...