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Christian Fennesz (born 25 December 1962) is an Austrian electronic musician, often credited on albums simply as Fennesz. A key figure in the ascent of IDM and electronica in the 1990s, Fennesz uses guitar and notebook computers to make multilayered compositions that blend melody and conventional musical instruments with harsh, irregular glitch-influenced sounds and washes of white noise. He lives and works in Vienna, Austria and Paris, France.

Fennesz was born and raised in Austria and studied music formally in art school. He started playing guitar around the ages 8 or 9. In the late 1980s, he formed a band called Maische, with a ‘noise meets pop’ approach similar to bands such as Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine. Maische found some local popularity, but Fennesz was uncomfortable with the band setup and left Afterwards, he became involved in the Viennese techno scene of the early 1990s. From there on, he began to collect his own equipment and produce music based loosely around guitar and synthesizer sounds.

Since the 1990s, Fennesz played live with Ryuichi Sakamoto, with British electroacoustic improvisation icon Keith Rowe, and with quirky American pop group Sparklehorse. He has also worked alongside Peter Rehberg and Jim O’Rourke in the improvisional trio Fenn O’Berg, and with British singer David Sylvian - Sylvian sang on Fennesz’s album Venice while Fennesz composed the music for “A Fire in the Forest” from Sylvian’s album Blemish and made contributions to Sylvian’s “When Loud Weather Buffeted Naoshima”. Fennesz also remixed Ulver on the album 1993-2003: First Decade in the Machines, as well as appearing on their 2007 album Shadows of the Sun.

Fennesz had ties with the Vienna-based label Mego, and is now signed to Touch in the UK. Fennesz and Sakamoto released a collaborative album entitled Cendre in March 2007 on Sakamoto’s new Commmons label, via Touch. Fennesz performed with singer Mike Patton at the 2007 Moers Festival - marking the first time the two have performed together on stage in Europe, as they have performed in 2006 at the Festival International de Musique Actuel de Victoriaville, and will continue to tour Europe together into June.

Discography:
Studio Albums
(1997) Hotel Paral.lel (Mego)
(1999) Plus Forty Seven Degrees 56’ 37” Minus Sixteen Degrees 51’ 08” (Touch)
(2001) Endless Summer (Mego)
(2004) Venice (Touch)
(2006) Endless Summer reissue (Editions Mego)
(2007) Hotel Paral.lel reissue (Editions Mego)
(2008) Black Sea (Touch)

Collaboration albums
(2005) Cloud with Keith Rowe, Toshimaru Nakamura and Oren Ambarchi (Erstwhile)
(2007) Cendre with Sakamoto (Touch)

Compilations
(2002) Field Recordings: 1995-2002 (Touch)

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)

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)

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

Remixes
(2003) Remixed “Tomorrow Never Knows” and “The Future Sound Of Music” (titled “Only the Poor have to Travel”) by Ulver on 1993-2003: A Decade In The Machines (Jester Records)
(2005) Remixed “Weight” by Isis on Oceanic Remixes Vol. 4 (Ipecac)
(2007) Remixed “In This Twilight” by Nine Inch Nails on Year Zero Remixed (Interscope)

Soundtracks
(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 loop” (France) by Cedrick Eymenier
(2009) “Film ist. a girl & gun” with Lucia Pulido, Martin Siewert, Burkhard Stangl (7”, Interstellar Records, Austria 2009)

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)

Editado por m1a100 em Mai 7 2011, 15h28

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