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Christian Fennesz
Fennesz in Bethesda, Maryland, on September 21, 2010 (5027816082).jpg
Fennesz performing in Bethesda, Maryland, September 2010
Background information
Birth name Christian Fennesz
Also known as Fennesz
Born (1962-12-25) 25 December 1962 (age 53)
Origin Neusiedl am See, Austria
Genres Electronic, ambient, glitch, electro-acoustic
Instruments Guitar, laptop
Labels Mego, Touch
Associated acts Fenn O'Berg
Website www.fennesz.com

Christian Fennesz (born 25 December 1962) is an Austrian guitarist and composer active in electronic music, often credited on recordings simply as Fennesz.

Fennesz uses guitar and notebook computers to make multilayered compositions that blend melody and treated samples with glitch-influenced sounds and washes of white noise.[1][2] He lives and works in Vienna, Austria.


Fennesz was born and raised in Austria and studied music formally in art school. He started playing guitar around the age of 8 or 9.[3] He initially performed as a member of the Austrian experimental rock band Maische before signing to electronic music label Mego Records as a solo artist. In 1995 he released his first EP Instrument, which explored electro-acoustic and ambient stylings.[1]

In 1997, Fennesz released his debut full-length album Hotel Paral.lel, which saw him delve more explicitly into laptop production and early glitch aesthetics.[1] He followed with the 1998 single Plays, which contained near-unrecognizable covers of the Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black" and the Beach Boys' "Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)".[1] In the following years, he released his second album Plus Forty Seven Degrees 56' 37" Minus Sixteen Degrees 51' 08" and collaborated with a variety of artists, including Peter "Pita" Rehberg and Jim O'Rourke.[1] In 2001, he released his third studio album Endless Summer to widespread critical praise and recognition.[4] He collaborated with figures such as David Sylvian, Keith Rowe, eRikm, Ryuichi Sakamoto in the following years, and released the albums Venice (2004) and Black Sea (2007) to further critical praise.[1]

In 2009 Fennesz teamed up with Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse) to create In the Fishtank 15. The following year Fennesz released Szampler,[5] a cassette containing his sample collection on the Tapeworm label. This release was later remixed by Stefan Goldmann and released as Goldmann vs. Fennesz: Remiksz.[6] In 2011, he appeared on the live Ulver release The Norwegian National Opera, contributing guitar and effects to "Not Saved." In November 2013, Fennesz played the final holiday camp edition of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Camber Sands, England.[7] In 2014, he released the studio album Bécs. In 2015, he collaborated with UK group King Midas Sound on the album Editions 1.[1]


Studio albums
Collaboration albums
  • (2002) Field Recordings: 1995–2002 (Touch)
  • (2010) Szampler (Tapeworm)
Live recordings
  • (2000) Live at Revolver, Melbourne live EP (Touch)
  • (2004) Live at the LU with Keith Rowe (Erstwhile)
  • (2005) Sala Santa Cecilia live EP with Ryuichi Sakamoto (Touch)
  • (2005) Live in Japan CD (Headz/Touch, 2003) and LP (Autofact/Touch)
  • (2009) Live @ The V. Sessions streaming video recording (The V. Sessions), 2009
  • (2014) Mahler Remixed (no label) – download only via Bandcamp
Studio EPs
  • (1995) Instrument 12" vinyl (Mego)
  • (1998) Il Libro Mio EP (Tanz Hotel)
  • (1998) Plays 7" (Mego)
  • (1999) Plays CDEP (Moikai)
  • (2006) Plays 10" vinyl (Editions Mego)
  • (2011) Seven Stars CDEP/10" vinyl (Touch)
Singles, tracks
  • (2002) "Wrapped Islands" with Polwechsel (Erstwhile)
  • (2005) "Erstlive 004" with Peter Rehberg, Sachiko M and Otomo Yoshihide (Erstwhile)
  • (2007) "On a desolate shore a shadow passes by" (Touch) – download only
  • (2008) "Transition" (Touch)
  • (2008) "Saffron Revolution" (Touch) – download only
  • (2011) "Fearless" (Thrill Jockey) – contribution for the Benefit for the Recovery in Japan compilation
  • (1999) Beyond the Ocean (USA)
  • (2000) Gelbe Kirschen (Austria), directed by Leopold Lummerstorfer
  • (2002) Blue Moon (Austria), written and directed by Andrea Maria Dusl
  • (2005) Platform#09 Chicago (France) directed by Cedrick Eymenier
  • (2009) Film ist. a girl & a gun (Austria), directed by Gustav Deutsch, with Lucia Pulido, Martin Siewert, Burkhard Stangl (7", Interstellar Records, Austria 2009)
  • (2012) AUN: The Beginning and the End of All Things (Ash International)
In Fenn O'Berg
  • (1999) The Magic Sound of Fenn O'Berg (Mego)
  • (2002) The Return of Fenn O'Berg (Mego)
  • (2009) Magic & Return Double CD reissue (Editions Mego)
  • (2010) In Stereo (Mego)
Tribute to Fennesz
  • (2004) Tim Hecker "Mirages" (Alien8 Recordings) – Incurably optimistic
  • (2012) Lcoma "Fennesz" (Unsigned) – Musical influence
With Food


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Sean Cooper (1962-12-25). "Fennesz | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 
  2. ^ François Couture. "Endless Summer - Fennesz | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-10-26. 
  3. ^ "fastsearchfinder.com". Semtexinc.com. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 
  4. ^ Fruitman, Stephen. "Christian Fennesz :: Aun: The Beginning And The End Of All Things (Ash International)". Igloo Magazine. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "The Tapeworm presents... TTW#16 – Fennesz – Szampler". Tapeworm.org.uk. 2010-01-07. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 
  6. ^ "The Tapeworm presents... TTW#26 – Goldmann vs Fennesz – Remiksz". Tapeworm.org.uk. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 
  7. ^ "End Of An Era Part 2 curated by ATP & Loop – All Tomorrow's Parties". Atpfestival.com. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 

External links[edit]

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