Broken Melody: A music video that depicts beauty in darkness

Broken Melody is the latest music video directed by Iacopo Carapelli for the Italian composer and musician Caterina Barbieri in collaboration with the artist Ruben Spini. It stands as a mirror image of our time – where beauty and dreadfulness smoothly coexist.

The music video acts as a visual portrayal of Barbieri’s sound- it depicts, in slow-motion, different bodies floating, intertwining and restlessly lying on the ground. The geometric and almost sacred landscapes take us to moments that feel equally intimate and monumental.


About Iacopo Carapelli 

Born in 1990, in Milan, Iacopo Carapelli began showing a keen interest in visual language, particularly that of cinema, from a very young age. During his high school years, he formed a group made of young video-makers in which he experimented with different styles. He strongly believes in observation in the field as a way of learning and understanding the mechanisms, which is what led him to enter the world of video production soon after spending two years at the Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. He collaborated in the production of numerous commercials and soon became an advertising director himself, standing out for his distinctive visual language, which combines his spirit of observation with the search for a brutal, but nonetheless poetic, aesthetic.

Instagram: @iacopocarapelli

About Caterina Barbieri 

Caterina Barbieri is an Italian composer and musician currently based in Milano. Her work explores the psycho-physical effects of repetition and pattern-based operations in music, by investigating the polyphonic and polyrhythmic potential of sequencers to draw complex geometries in time and space.

Approaching music practice as an integrative cognitive feedback between humans and technology lies at the core of her current sonic research, which focuses on the creative use of computation and complex sequencing techniques to trigger temporal and spatial hallucinations, often exploring states of trance and emotional focus. Pitchfork has described her music as “a mind-altering journey” and “a dreammachine for the ears”.


Produced by C41

Co-Produced: Blackball (@blackball)

Co-commissioned by 180 Studios  (@180.studios) and Fact Magazine (@factmag)

Executive Producer: Barbara Guieu (@barbara_guieu)

Artist: Caterina Barbieri (@cat_barbieri)

Concept & Art Direction: Caterina Barbieri ( @cat_barbieri) & Ruben Spini (@rubenspini)


Director: Iacopo Carapelli (@iacopocarapelli)

DoP: Giuseppe Favale (@giuseppefavale)

Editor: Iacopo Carapelli (@iacopocarapelli) & Elena Petitti di Roreto (@komollo)

Colorist: Orash Rahnem (@orashr)

Label: light-years (@light____years)

Post production: DEEPICE, Mauro Moretti, Roberto D’Ippolito x


Titles: Nicola Tirabasso

Production Manager: Maria Borgognoni (@maria.borgognoni)

Assistant Producer: Lorenzo Poloni 

Scenography: Fabrizio D’Arpino

Assistant Scenography: Elena Strafella

Prop Master: Gianfranco Parmigiani 

Movement Director: Elisa Zuppini (@elisazuppini)

MUA – Greta Giannone (@poiccahontas)


Characters: Inga Lavarini (@ingalavarini), Federica Nicastro (@fednicastro), Omar Jaimes (@omarjaimes_), Costanza Candeloro (@costanza.candixx), Filippo Beccati (@fairy_hustler), Joselin Solange Morales, Giulia Fossati (@3timesmyname), Gabriele Gangi, Elisa Zuppini (@elisazuppini)


Phantom Operator: Claudio Fusini

1st AC: Paolo Gobbi (@paologobbi8)

2nd AC: Davide Bongiorni

Stage AC:  Riccardo Lorenzi

Gaffer:  Francesco Galli

Elettricista: Fabio Proserpio, Marco Marangoni 

Key Grip: Riccardo Villella (@villellariccardo)

Grip: Alessio Zecchinello (@zecchinelloalessio), Fabio Macchi (@fabio_macchi)

Rigger: Luca Fachini, Enrico Comeo 

Drone: Turbostudio (@turbostudio__skydivision)

Drone Operator:  Rocco Diddio (@rocco__didio)