Tarik Barri is a celebrated audiovisual composer and software developer whose solo projects and striking live visuals for the likes of Thom Yorke, Monolake and Nicolas Jaar have been met with critical acclaim.
Born in Holland and currently based in Berlin, Barri started programming and making electronic music at a young age. After releasing his first track as a university student in biological psychology, he transferred to the Utrecht School of the Arts to pursue a degree in audio design. There, he began exploring the ways in which music-making technologies could be applied in the creation of moving images. Today, Barri uses tools like Max/MSP, Java and Supercollider to develop software for audiovisual performance and composition, searching for new synergies and aesthetics in the combination of image and sound. His works span audiovisual performances, installations and videos, and he also creates live visuals for such esteemed artists as Thom Yorke, Monolake and Nicolas Jaar. In a review of Subtext affiliate Paul Jebanasam’s presentation of the album Continuum in Amsterdam, Resident Advisor wrote: "I walked into this blind and came out speechless—Barri's visual mapping of Jebanasam's sonic timeline of the universe, from primordial goo to fiery obliterated nothingness, was more wonderful than I dare try and put into words."
Barri has performed and displayed works at DEMF, Sonic Acts, Ars Electronica, Club Transmediale, TodaysArt, Berlin Atonal, MIT Media Lab and EMPAC. He has also served as a guest lecturer at Berklee College of Music (Boston, US), CCRMA (San Francisco, US), Universität der Künste (Berlin, DE) and the Utrecht School of Music and Technology (Hilversum, NL). In 2012, he received the Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction for his real-time composition project #Tweetscapes with Anselm Nehls.