Lorenzo Senni is an Italian experimental musician and visual artist best known for deconstructing the epic build-ups and ecstatic synthesizer arpeggios of '90s trance and hard techno, dubbing his style "pointillistic trance." Senni first got into music through punk and hardcore, initially playing guitar as a youth before moving on to drums.
After discovering experimental rock and noise, he was in an improvisational group called Le Harmacy, which released a split cassette with a then-unknown Talibam!
in 2007. Senni then started making glitchy laptop electronic music influenced by labels such as Raster-Noton
. His first album, Early Works, was a split release between his own label Presto!?
and Kesh Recordings, run by Simon Scott
. Senni's second album Dunno followed in 2010. After its release, Senni became interested in exploring elements of trance, minus the beats. A 2012 12" EP titled Hexplore Superfluidity, released under the name Stargate, was a step in a different direction, but was far more rhythmic than his earlier work. However, it was Quantum Jelly, Senni's 2012 debut for Editions Mego
, which focused on deconstructed trance. The album was created using a Roland JP8000 synthesizer, and all of the tracks were live one-take recordings. The album received critical acclaim, and following two EPs Senni released as part of collaborative project One Circle
, Superimpositions appeared on Boomkat Editions
in 2014. The album was a more fleshed-out development of the Quantum Jelly sound, and garnered even more praise. Two years later, Senni signed to Warp
(home to Oneohtrix Point Never
, another Editions Mego
alumni, who flirted with deconstructed trance on 2015's Garden of Delete) and released Persona, an EP that was even more melodic, structured, and song-like than his prior work. ~ Paul Simpson, Rovi