International Festival of Digital Creativity and Electronic Music
WHO: Italian producer, musician and composer Lorenzo Senni, also known as Stargate and a member of power trio One Circle
STYLE: Abstract compositional electro, experimental deconstructed trance
LATEST: Superimpositions (2014), Evolver + Remixes EP (2014)
LABELS: Boomkat Editions, Editions Mego, Alku, Hundebiss, Presto!?, Death of Rave
MORE: Has composed music for cinema, theatre and film soundtracks and wrote music for Tom Krell of How To Dress Well
Lorenzo Senni’s musical experiments dismantle patterns and expectations from the inside out – his introspective approach to trance and 90s rave culture strips away popular and predictable dramatic highs and lows to focus on nuanced builds and complex arpeggios, the tension points of euphoria.
From playing guitar in punk and hardcore bands while growing up in the late-90s near Rimini, the hometown of Italo-disco, Senni began to study jazz drumming in his late teens, leading to post-rock stints and soon into solo software and synth composition inspired by artists like Aphex Twin, Alva Noto and Ryoji Ikeda. A reflection of his early influences, Senni’s first album, the confidently named Early Works, was co-produced on his own label Presto!? and on Kesh, run by Simon Scott of Slowdive. Presto!? went on to release albums by Florian Hecker, Carsten Holler, Evol and other artists investigating abstract electronic possibilities.
Further immersing his sound in unconventional aspects of percussive patterns, Senni coined the term "Pointillistic Trance" to describe the approach to his Quantum Jelly album on Editions Mego – he deconstructs and elongates epic build ups, searching out the techno in trance without jettisoning climactic emotion. As asides from all that analytical recontextualizing, Senni created his melodic vocals oriented solo project Stargate and power-trio One Circle with Italian producers Vaghe Stelle & A:RA. After being hailed as a standout at Unsound and CTM, Senni comes to MUTEK with AAT – Advanced Abstract Trance, partly crafted on Sweden’s EMS Elektronmusikstudion’s vintage Buchla modular system – and manifested as an A/V show of intense compositional club noise.
Presented in collaboration with Sièstes Électroniques Festival.