ce.no.type (see. noh. typ): the original type from which all forms have arisen.
[? + /typos/, a type]
An original type; term used in ontogeny and cytology.
Existing somewhere in that undefined region of sound known as Industrial music, Cenotype is the personal expression of a single individual known as Lenny B. Also known as DJ Wintermute, Lenny is a long-standing member of the NYC/ New Jersey-area industrial scene. Raised in the poisonous sprawl of depressed cities such as Bayonne and Jersey City, Lenny cut his teeth as a dancefloor DJ at several venues around the region, and was inspired by acts, such as SPK, KLINIK, SKINNY PUPPY, DIVE, SYNAPSCAPE and PSYCHIC TV, to create his own project.
Influenced by the first and second ‘Power Noise’ waves of the mid-late 1990s, Cenotype now seeks to rise above the growing mass of imitators spawned by that movement to create an identity all its own, incorporating elements of Death Industrial and Power Electronics while staying true to his origins. This project centers around themes of morality, justice, sanity, depression and, at times, even redemption.
With the 2007 debut full-length CD release, Origins (Hive Records) receiving positive reactions all over the world, and performances alongside some of the Industrial scene’s most respected artists, Cenotype was established as a force to be reckoned with. Lenny formally unveiled his ORIGINS PRODUCTIONS imprint in 2009 and produced the label’s first official release, in collaboration with Lee Bartow (aka Leech) of NAVICON TORTURE TECHNOLOGIES: Origins Unfold. This very special release came out in a limited edition of 250 numbered copies. Black-on-black CD-Rs collect 15 amazing remixes from contributors, such as Iszoloscope, Caustic, Panic Lift, ESA and others, and a 3inch CD-R featuring an extended remix by NAVICON TORTURE TECHNOLOGIES, are packaged in hand-assembled chipboard CD cases, stamped with the Cenotype/ORIGINS logo.
The recent addition of talented electronic musician Clive Reinhold & then of the prolific Brian Boyle (DCV/ Absence of Sincerity), means that Cenotype is now evolving into a three-man project, both live and in the studio.
As of early 2012, Cenotype has paired with the stellar Philadelphia label, Industry8, to release the new mini-album The Hour Before. This collection of 5 new Cenotype tracks takes a glimpse into the heart of men at the hour before that intangible time of night when we are capable of most anything. This is the hour before the nameless hour. These tracks marked an evolution in Cenotype’s style. The more traditionally rigid structure slightly gives way to a more improvisational and spontaneous rhythmic style, allowing the music to take on more of a life of its own. Three collaborations with the late Adam Waters helped to shape this aspect of this release, while also promising to alter the face of Cenotype further into the future. The Hour Before proudly includes remixes from Cervello Ellettronico, Intoner and Vynil Rob and was mastered by James Plotkin. The infamous S.Alt of Ant Zen/ Hymen fame is responsible for the utterly insane artwork.
Cenotype is currently playing live shows and is working on the second full-length album, The Nameless Hour.