L'Entropiste: the introspective expression of

Luigi Maria Mennella

I approached the piano aged 7 and since then I have never stopped playing anything – between instruments and musical genres – that allowed me to translate the emotion of my inner world into music, over time flowing into a great passion for cinema. Similarly, I’m passionate about the non-canonical use of the voice and studied experimental singing, but also lyrical singing with the soprano Lucia Stanescu (Conservatory “P. Mascagni”, Leghorn). Starting from the early 90s, with “F.ormal L.ogic D.ecay” project I moved my sound research along parallel expressive channels; each represented by a specific solo project and characterized by sound / cultural references. E.g. as “En Velours Noir” introduces a very personal introspective and melancholic reinterpretation of orchestral tango, credited by some as “dark tango”. I attended specialization seminars in soundtracking / creating music for images with Maestro Riccardo Giagni, but in particular Stefano Caprioli and Leonardo Pieri (whom I thank) who encouraged me to move definitively towards cinematic / stage sounds. This part of my musical creativity increasingly present in my production, in recent years has emerged with greater force [eg. the recent “Aes Grave” for the “Furvus” ancient / epic music project] to represent for me an ideal point of convergence and artistic fulfillment. From 2017, with the award-winning medium-length film “Un Padre” (by Roberto Gneo, with whom I had previously collaborated) my new activity of soundtracks composer officially begins. Inclined both to a ‘traditional’ and contemporary / experimental compositional approach, I also deal with sound design (with a preference for subtractive synthesis and the occasional use of self-built or modified electro-acoustic instruments) and vocal research aimed at overcoming Western vocal hypertrophy (frequent in my works poly-timbric singing and harmonic singing inserts, supraglottic sounds and other phonation techniques often masked by a mix careful to harmonize the voice as an instrument).

I work independently in my studio using both analog / acoustic / vintage and digital instruments, with particular attention to new emulation technologies. I moved inside the underground music sector in other fields as well, both as a fan (e.g. music editor in the 90s), and as a professional, as a graphic-designer (specialized in Manchester in Adobe products), illustrator for some labels, small underground record producer or technical supervisor. My profile is completed by a range of plays / influences that today allow me to provide soundtracks for a fairly broad spectrum of musical tastes / orders; and my discography freely moves between musique concréte and power-electronics, between ambient and krautrock, from rock to grindcore, passing through industrial music, synth pop, jazztronics, IDM, medieval music, folk, neoclassical, gothic / dark wave, ritual , music therapy and of course classical and jazz.

Simply… music is my life. Then, the life of a musician is not simple, but that’s another story…

Last but not least, “L’ Entropiste” is the pseudonym I have chosen to channel all the energy spent on my artistic and communicative activities, almost as if to measure and control the disorder (emotional, intellectual, cognitive, etc) of me, a modern man inside an ancient system . It is precisely the entropy released from the physical sphere (think of Claude Shannon’s information theory) or traced back to its semantic root (in ancient Greek ἐν/‘en’ – inside + τροπή/‘tropè’ – transformation) that this moniker is inspired by.

An extemporised vocal performance using 5 tracks of a loop station. From DVD "Solchi Sperimentali Italia - The Movie, disc 2"
A raw and knee jerk vocal improvisation inspired by Artaud's lyrics. Very direct live recording without any kind of FX, only making an extreme use of voice and its expressive possibilities.
Gregorian chant structured on the harmonization of 9 + 1 polytimbric voices.

MUSIC COMPOSER / VOCAL RESEARCHER

The current composition activity is divided between the occasional production of sectorial works signed with the various historical pseudonyms (F.ormal L.ogic D.ecay, Furvus and En Velours Noir), soundtracks composition for independent cinema (simply signed as "Luigi Maria Mennella") and research publications based exclusively on the use of the voice or the human body as an instrument. Any collaboration activities were suspended due to occured organizational emergencies.
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VISUAL ARTIST

Always a supporter of the sound + image combination, I’ve also been the author of everything concerning the visual aspect of my publications (logos, illustrations, artworks, layouts, pre-print finalizations and in some cases the printing itself). Obviously there have been commissions for other artists productions and considering my official job (graphic designer with almost 30 years of expertise) the amount of material realized becomes difficult to group and to be selected for qualitative sorting.
This is exactly why only works (those of which I kept track or a sample) in the musical field are included in the credits section.

FREETHINKER

With a view to a Leonardian ”total work", also the lyrics of each music composition are very often written by myself. Whether it's urban raw prose or oneirical poetry suspended in time, my approach remains always the same in the written materials accompanying my songs. Over time this activity was joined by writing also for other editorial contexts.
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