Chris Zabriskie

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Chris Zabriskie
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Chris Zabriskie - 2008
Background information
Born (1982-03-10) March 10, 1982 (age 36)
Olympia, Washington, United States
GenresAmbient, electronic, experimental
Years active2001 – present

Chris Zabriskie (born March 10, 1982 in Olympia, Washington) is an American composer and musician.


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.[1][2]

In 2009, he turned his attention towards instrumental music, first releasing The Dark Glow of the Mountains. The album's stark electronic minimalism[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] As of March 2009, Zabriskie offers free downloads of all of his music on his website.[6] 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.[7][8]

Zabriskie is also an occasional filmmaker, with producing and editing work including music videos for John Vanderslice,[9] as well as various short films and many of his own music videos.[10] 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)

Notable soundtracks[edit]


  1. ^ Jim Emerson (2007-05-14). "A contrarian music video". Chicago Sun-Times.
  2. ^ "MTV Brand New: Lo-Fi is Sci-Fi: The Script You Wrote is Terrible". 2007-09-08.
  3. ^ "Electronic Voice Phenomenon: Reviewed: Chris Zabriskie". 2008-01-09.
  4. ^ Michael Melchor (2009-10-26). "Chris Zabriskie: A little-known worldwide phenomenon". Orlando Examiner.
  5. ^ "On the Way Up: A Conversation with Chris Zabriskie". 2008-06-26.
  6. ^ "BitTorrent Freed Music, and Now It's Yours". 2009-03-14.
  7. ^ "Why I Went CC By". 2011-10-24.
  8. ^ "Jason Sigal on Chris Zabriskie". 2012-12-11.
  9. ^ Steven Gottlieb (2007-07-23). "1,2,3 with Director Brent Chesanek on John Vanderslice". Video Static.
  10. ^ "".

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