Lorenzo Senni

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Tireless investigator of dance music’s mechanisms and working parts, and head of respected experimental label Presto!?, the Italian musician is responsible for a few of this decade’s most unique releases Persona (Warp, 2016), Quantum Jelly (Editions Mego, 2012) and Superimpositions (Boomkat Editions, 2014)

In 2016 Lorenzo Senni signed for legendary Warp Records and his EP “Persona” got awarded with the prestigious “Honorary Mention” at Prix Arts Electronica, one of the best known and longest running yearly prizes in the field of digital culture and music. Lorenzo Senni, who coined the term “Pointillistic Trance” and “Rave Voyeurism” to describe his approach, is as a sadistic scientist that is ripping the spinal cord out of trance and dangling it in front of our eyes.

His work – an amazing deconstruction of sound and rave culture in the 90’s, carefully analysing its constituent parts for reuse in a very different context, with repetition and isolation as key concepts, explores the idea of “buildup” found in euphoric dance music as a starting point to make a non-uplifting, more introspective piece that implicitly preserves its emotional tension and drama.

As founder of Presto!? Records, he has released albums by a number of internationally acclaimed artists including DJ Stingray, Florian Hecker, Palmistry, Evol to name just few.

He has composed music for Cinema, Theatre and film – e.g. the soundtrack for Yuri Ancarani’s award-winning movies “Da Vinci” and “The Challenge”, Wayne McGregor’s “+/- Human”, a dance-performance that include computer-controlled drones and Royal National Ballet dancers.

He also wrote music for American singer How To Dress Well.

Lorenzo Senni has exhibited his work and carried out performances including Lasers & CO2 Cannons at Tate Modern (London), Centre Pompidou (Paris), MACBA (Barcelona), Casa da Musica (Porto), MACBA (Barcelona), Auditorium Nazionale Rai (Torino), Auditorium Parco della Musica (Roma), Zabludowicz Foundation (London), ICA (London)