It may be perhaps surprising to learn that one-time JAPAN sound designer and synth technician Richard Barbieri has only released three solo albums.
But since JAPAN disbanded in 1982, he has composed and recorded a large amount of material that until recently has remained unreleased. So the five volume ‘Variants’ series has gathered together new compositions, improvisations, live performances and re-workings of older material. Continue Reading ›
Supporting the release of his third solo album ‘Planets + Persona’, RICHARD BARBIERI presented an intimate live show that covered many facets of his recording career from JAPAN to PORCUPINE TREE.
While Barbieri’s rig featured the expected all mod cons like a MacBook, controllers and a Roland V-Synth, the set-up also included his beloved Sequential Prophet 5 and Roland System 700 Lab Series. Continue Reading ›
Synth maestro RICHARD BARBIERI releases his most sonically expansive album yet in ‘Planets + Persona’.
But despite a recording career of nearly 40 years, which began as a member the innovative art muzak combo JAPAN, ‘Planets + Persona’ is only Barbieri’s third solo work. Over the intervening years, he has worked with his former band mates in various guises, Steve Hogarth of MARILLION and most notably, prog rockers PORCUPINE TREE. Continue Reading ›
RICHARD BARBIERI is the synthesizer technician who first found fame as a member of JAPAN. As an untrained keyboardist, Barbieri didn’t come into his own until he immersed himself into the brave new world of synths.
The veteran sound designer is about to unleash a brand new solo album entitled ‘Planets + Persona’. RICHARD BARBIERI kindly took time out to chat to The Electricity Club about his upcoming opus and career… Continue Reading ›