Chris Zabriskie - 2008
|Born||March 10, 1982|
Olympia, Washington, United States
|Genres||Ambient, electronic, experimental|
|Years active||2001 – present|
Chris Zabriskie got his musical start in a noise rock duo Struggleburger, but went solo unexpectedly at a show in 2001 when the other members of the band did not show up.
In 2007, Zabriskie recorded We Were Wrong under the name lo-fi is sci-fi with Marc Sirdoreus (better known as Marc with a C). The music video for the first single, "The Script You Wrote is Terrible," won praise for its simple presentation and Zabriskie's deadpan performance.
In 2009, he turned his attention towards instrumental music, first releasing The Dark Glow of the Mountains. The album's stark electronic minimalism was a departure from his previous work. Two more instrumental albums, I Am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor and Preludes followed in the same year. He continues to release new ambient music on a regular basis.
Zabriskie self-releases his albums on his website and is also a vocal supporter of BitTorrent and file sharing, and has said that he leaks his own records to various torrent sites in advance of their release dates. As of March 2009, Zabriskie offers free downloads of all of his music on his website. In 2011, Zabriskie joined WMFU's Free Music Archive and changed the Creative Commons license on his music to be much more permissive and open.
Zabriskie is also an occasional filmmaker, with producing and editing work including music videos for John Vanderslice, as well as various short films and many of his own music videos. In 2010, he released a feature film, Tretet, on his website, created using amateur footage of the 1939 New York World's Fair re-edited into what Zabriskie calls "a science-fiction film."
- The Dark Glow of the Mountains (2009)
- I Am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor (2009)
- Preludes (2009)
- Vendaface (2010)
- Stunt Island (2011)
- Divider (2011)
- Undercover Vampire Policeman (2012)
- Reappear (2012)
- Cylinders (2014)
- Direct to Video (2015)
- Thoughtless (2015)
- Music from Neptune Flux (2016)
- It’s a Wonderful Jaws (2018)
Released under the name lo-fi is sci-fi:
- The Black Hole (2006)
- We Were Wrong (2007)
- O Great Queen Electric, What Do You Have Waiting for Me? (2008)
- This Silent Bloody Night (2008)
- Her Story (2015)
- Jim Emerson (2007-05-14). "A contrarian music video". Chicago Sun-Times.
- "MTV Brand New: Lo-Fi is Sci-Fi: The Script You Wrote is Terrible". 2007-09-08.
- "Electronic Voice Phenomenon: Reviewed: Chris Zabriskie". 2008-01-09.
- Michael Melchor (2009-10-26). "Chris Zabriskie: A little-known worldwide phenomenon". Orlando Examiner.
- "On the Way Up: A Conversation with Chris Zabriskie". 2008-06-26.
- "BitTorrent Freed Music, and Now It's Yours". 2009-03-14.
- "Why I Went CC By". 2011-10-24.
- "Jason Sigal on Chris Zabriskie". 2012-12-11.
- Steven Gottlieb (2007-07-23). "1,2,3 with Director Brent Chesanek on John Vanderslice". Video Static.
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