Esselfortium is the electronic musician Michael Mancuso. His music is often characterized by densely-layered arrangements, warm sounds, and melancholy but uplifting melodies, taking an assortment of stylistic influences from Moby, Boards of Canada, Radiohead, and other idm, electronic, and even rock musicians. His own sound and style are known to vary significantly from one song to the next, ranging from fuzzed-out ambient/downtempo experiments to cyberpunk-inspired drum and bass with a wide variety in between.
In 2007, two of his songs were featured on the first volume of the electronic music compilation series One on Twoism shortly before the release of his official debut album A Terrible Flood that April.
His sophomore release Seventeen More Times was released on May 9, 2011, and features 16 songs following a loose conceptual narrative.
Esselfortium has also written music for corporate clients including Richard Day Research, and is currently involved in the scoring of an independent short film.