Christian Fennesz, Mego (AT)

Few contemporary laptop artists have attained the stature and universal respect that have greeted Austrian experimental guitarist Christian Fennesz. Beginning his music career in the Viennese underground as a member of the avant-rock group Maische, Fennesz soon broke away to solo undertakings in the then-nascent laptop experimentation scene, producing abrasive and often clinical sessions that began with the guitar only to be manipulated beyond recognition. He found early notoriety on the Austrian Mego imprint with releases such as Hotel Paral.lel and Fennesz Plays (in which he reinterpreted the Rolling Stones and Beach Boys), before finding larger audiences as a member of the well-received Fenn O’Berg, a trio consisting of Fennesz, Jim O’Rourke, and Mego label boss Peter Rehberg. After a steady ascent through the late-90s, Christian Fennesz hit the stratosphere with the release of 2001’s Endless Summer, an album that was universally accepted as an instant classic of modern electronic music. Since then, Fennesz has stayed at the forefront of digital production with a second Fenn O’Berg album, 2004’s Venice, and the sublime 2007 collaboration with Ryuichi Sakamoto entitled Cendre.

Panorama 4: Spatial Cinema (65 min)
MUTEK 2012, montreal

Cinéma Excentris 03/06/2012

 

 

 

 

Panorama 2: Synescopic (63 min)
MUTEK 2012, montreal

Cinéma Excentris 01/06/2012

Fennesz uses guitar and computer to create shimmering, swirling electronic sound of enormous range and complex musicality. "Imagine the electric guitar severed from cliché and all of its physical limitations, shaping a bold new musical language.” His lush and luminant compositions resemble sensitive, telescopic recordings of natural atmospheric occurrences, an inherent naturalism permeating each piece. Christian Fennesz is published by Touch Music. He Lives and works in Vienna.

Lillevan is an animation, video and media artist. Parallel to his classic work in Rechenzentrum, he has performed and collaborated with many artists from a wide array of genres, from opera to installation, from minimal electronic experimentalism to dance and classical music. Lillevan recontextualizes, combines and politicizes existing film images and fragments. “The aesthetics of the image are not to be found in its beauty, density and completeness, but in its transparencies and potentials.”

Panorama

Panorama 2: Synescopic
 
Saffron Revolution Forever
 
Panorama 4: Spatial Cinema

Circassian – The Oceanic Vortex
 
Resume of the pieces:
 
SAFFRON REVOLUTION is a suitably grand thematic gesture, stretching out a single, euphoric multi-layered chord across much of its duration before dissipating away into a pattern of delayed string pickings. Both pieces are far and away some of Cinechamber's most beautiful and submerged modules, both in terms of the music and visuals themselves and the sheer iridescence of the all-encompassing electronic liquidscape harnessed within.

A/VISIONS 3: MACHINE MUSIC REVISITED

Theatre du Nouveau Monde 30/05/2008

Few contemporary laptop artists have attained the stature and universal respect that have greeted Austrian experimental guitarist Christian Fennesz. Beginning his music career in the Viennese underground as a member of the avant-rock group Maische, Fennesz soon broke away to solo undertakings in the then-nascent laptop experimentation scene, producing abrasive and often clinical sessions that began with the guitar only to be manipulated beyond recognition. He found early notoriety on the Austrian Mego imprint with releases such as Hotel Paral.lel and Fennesz Plays (in which he reinterpreted the Rolling Stones and Beach Boys), before finding larger audiences as a member of the well-received Fenn O’Berg, a trio consisting of Fennesz, Jim O’Rourke, and Mego label boss Peter Rehberg. After a steady ascent through the late-90s, Christian Fennesz hit the stratosphere with the release of 2001’s Endless Summer, an album that was universally accepted as an instant classic of modern electronic music. Since then, Fennesz has stayed at the forefront of digital production with a second Fenn O’Berg album, 2004’s Venice, and the sublime 2007 collaboration with Ryuichi Sakamoto entitled Cendre.

Discogs

  • Instrument
  • Hotel Paral.lel
  • Dì-n
  • Il Libro Mio - Recherchen Zum Manierismus
  • Plays
  • Dafeldecker / Kurzmann / Fennesz / O'Rourke / Drumm / Siewert
  • Music For An Isolation Tank
  • The Magic Sound Of Fenn O'Berg
  • plus forty seven degrees 56' 37" minus sixteen degrees 51' 08"
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Live @ Synaesthesia
  • Live At Revolver, Melbourne 03_02_00
  • 7"/10"/12" EP
  • Endless Summer
  • Light
  • Dawn
  • Field Recordings 1995:2002
  • Invisible Architecture #2
  • Phonographics 1-5
  • Split Series #15
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