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Christian Fennesz
File: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 59)
Origin Neusiedl am See, Austria
Genres Ambient, glitch
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 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]

In 2009 Fennesz teamed up with Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse) to create In the Fishtank 15. The following year Fennesz released Szampler,[4] 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.[5]

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 world famous All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Camber Sands, England.[6]


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 loo (France) 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


  1. Sean Cooper (1962-12-25). "Fennesz | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-07-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. François Couture. "Endless Summer - Fennesz | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-10-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "fastsearchfinder.com". Semtexinc.com. Retrieved 2014-07-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "The Tapeworm presents... TTW#16 – Fennesz – Szampler". Tapeworm.org.uk. 2010-01-07. Retrieved 2014-07-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "The Tapeworm presents... TTW#26 – Goldmann vs Fennesz – Remiksz". Tapeworm.org.uk. Retrieved 2014-07-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "End Of An Era Part 2 curated by ATP & Loop – All Tomorrow's Parties". Atpfestival.com. Retrieved 2014-07-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

Media related to Fennesz at Wikimedia Commons