23.06.16: Music For A Film That never Was
Music For A Film That Never Was is a multi-sensory exploration into the world of film, music and art that gives a glimpse into the rich creative minds of some of the world’s finest musicians and composers.
Originally conceived by Luc Ex (Luc Ex’s Assemblee/The Ex) and enlisting the talents of Zlaya (Loud!) and Michael Ellis (The Bleach Room), this will be the first in a series of limited edition LP’s that brings to life an array of fictional cinematic auditory visions.
All contributors were provided the same brief – envisage and write an imaginary film scene and compose and record the piece of accompanying music.
This project takes physical form in a strictly limited edition vinyl album. A concept was created that engages the final listener to visualise the fictional scene created by each artist. By briefly exposing 35mm film to light a series of uncontrollable and unpredictably vivid artworks were produced to accompany each composition and a booklet produced that presents these enigmatic 'photographs' alongside each artist's written description of their cinematic vision.
Music For A Film That Never Was gives fresh insight into the creative minds of musicians not normally associated with film composition, while awarding the listener the sensory inspiration to imagine these fictional scenes into life.
Zlaya Loud/Jillis Kruk
03.05.16: Shattered Streams
Shattered Streams is an experiment in musical ephemerality, presenting original music from 31 artists throughout the month of May. Each song is available to stream on a loop for a maximum period of 24 hours, degrading over that time until they simply disappear.
Inspired equally by the fleeting ecstasy of William Basinski’s Disintegration Loops and the modern emphasis on streaming-centric platforms conforming to listener’s usage and fidelity needs, Shattered Streams presents degradation of both audio and visuals to create an immersive yet ultimately finite listening experience.
Fennesz’s contribution to Shattered Streams will be broadcast on 9 May 2016.
08.08.15: Fennesz collaborates with Charles Atlas for Calvin Klein Men’s FW15 campaign
Christian Fennesz has provided the soundtrack to Charles Atlas’s four-minute film for the Calvin Klein FW15 men’s collection.
ARTnews writes: “Forty-seven years ago, Charles Atlas was an avant-garde cult figure working with Merce Cunningham on Walkaround Time, a dance work that led to many of the video works Atlas has produced over the past few decades. Now, Atlas is no less avant-garde, but, as Barbara Pollack noted in a recent profile, he is certainly not a cult figure anymore.
05.08.15: King Midas Sound and Fennesz announce collaborative album, Edition 1
FACT Magazine write: "Kevin Martin has always been a collaborator, and that’s not going to stop any time soon.
The next step for King Midas Sound, the extreme lovers rock group made up by Martin, Roger Robinson and Kiki Hitomi, is a series of collaborative records. Titled Editions 1-4, each record will see King Midas Sound collaborate with a different artist, released through Ninja Tune. The first of these will be released on September 18, and the collaborator is both a surprise and someone who makes total sense: Austrian guitarist and sound artist Christian Fennesz."
29.07.15: OZmotic & Fennesz announce new album, AirEffect
"AirEffect", the collaboration between renowned electronic musician and guitarist Christian Fennesz and Turin based duo OZmotic, is a highly imaginative flow of electronic and instrumental music mixed with sounds collected from urban and natural sources to explore a speculative post-anthropocene scenario. The album will be released on 12 June 2015 on the Folk Wisdom / Interbang label.
29.07.15: Fennesz remixes Niagara on new EP
FACT Magazine reports: “Turin experimental-pop duo Niagara released their new album Don’t Take It Personally last year, but have followed it with some pretty interesting remixes. Previously they let Liars take on ‘Else, What Else’ and now they’ve enlisted Christian Fennesz to rework their single ‘Vanillacola’.”
01.10.14: Fennesz "Vinyl" to be released on vinyl on 20.10
"Venice", the fourth studio album by Christain Fennesz, finds electronic music at a crossroads between its early status as digital subculture, and the feeling that there has to be something more, an emotional quality that rises above noise and moves towards melody and rapture.
The Future Will Be Different and Tree complete the Venice sessions in one release… "Venice" was recorded on location in the summer of 2003 and subsequently assembled and mixed at Amann Studios, Vienna in January/February 2004.
The Future Will Be Different
Rivers of Sand
City of Light
Circassian (guitar: Burkhard Stangl)
The Other Face
Transit (vocals: David Sylvian)
The Point of It All
The Stone of Impermanence
It was voted No. 3 in The Top 50, The Wire, December 2004, was album of the week at BBCi on its release and remains Christian Fennesz’s best-selling record to date. prefix (USA) noted: "Although Fennesz's breakout record Endless Summer was followed by a live release and a collaboration with Jim O'Rourke and Peter Rehberg as Fenn O'Berg, Venice is the true heir to that album's ascendant pop. Venice is not as unabashedly poppy as its predecessor (the lack of Beach Boys references can attest to that), but still mines much the same vein. It was marked by critics at the time as a move away from the relatively robotic music spawned by the IDM craze of the late nineties. Instead, its melodic, emotive tracks foresaw an electronic music that could be purely human.”
Pitchfork Media (USA), in a lengthy review, also noted: "Venice's quality extends beyond its sound. Touch proprietor Jon Wozencroft-- through his breathtaking design and photography - continues to fight the good fight against records-as-pure-data by making the CD a value-added prospect.” and The Declaration Online (Web): "Two blue empty row boats left listless on rippling water. Red orange green riverbed foliage reflected in the water's gauzy oil slick surface. An airport enveloped in dull gray stratus and snow. Upon seeing the photography and packaging accompanying Christian Fennesz's latest recording, Venice, it is clear that the record label Touch remains intent on not simply putting out records but creating audiovisual imprints dedicated to inextricably tying sound and vision."
Artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft
Cut by Jason at Transition
Featuring David Sylvian and Burkhard Stangl
Special 10th anniversary edition
10.06.14: Exclusive Fennesz track on "Modeselektion Vol. 03" Compilation
A previously unreleased track by Fennesz, "TOM", is presented as the lead track on "Modeselektion Vol. 03", the latest in Modeselektor’s mix series. Available on 2xLP, 2xCD and download via Monkeytown Records.
More info: www.monkeytownrecords.com
31.03.14: Listen to "Static Kings" from "Bécs" on pitchfork.com
"…"Static Kings" is the first sliver of music we get to hear from the new one, and its silvery guitars and thrums of (yes) static surrounding them certainly call back to Endless Summer's obfuscated majesty."
28.02.14: Fennesz "Bécs" to be released on 28.04
The last time Fennesz released an album on Austrian label Mego it was 2001 and the name of that release was 'Endless Summer'. Now, in 2014 Editions Mego is extremely proud to release the conceptual follow up that landmark of abstract pop. Bécs (pronounced 'baeetch') is Hungarian for Vienna and is the first full length Fennesz solo release since 2008's 'Black Sea'. Pre-order at editionsmego.com.
Eschewing the more drone orientated works of 'Black Sea', 'Bécs' returns to the more florid pop mechanisms as deployed on Endless Summer. 'Static Kings' features the extra leverage of Werner Dafeldecker and Martin Brandlmayer who deploy a range of atmospheric abstract effects to shape a bewitching sound world. The 10 minute centrepiece 'Liminality' (featuring Tony Buck on drums) is classic Fennesz: epic, evocative, beautiful, impossible. 'Pallas Athene' creates a sanctuary of hovering beauty which leads into the title track. Emotional and assured, the track 'Bécs' is an astonishing contribution to contemporary pop. 'Sav' co-written by Cédric Stevens (aka Acid Kirk) inhabits a less structural terrain as one enters a forest of small sounds and oblique atmospheres, where the closing 'Paroles', a gentle melody unravels amongst swirls of electronics and fried disruption. Bécs is not just an album or a series of songs, it's a world to inhabit, a landscape ripe with sounds, songs and that esteemed Fennesz signature.
A singular work by a singular artist.
April 28th, 2014
All tracks by Christian Fennesz, except * by Cédric Stevens & Christian Fennesz
Modular Synthesizer on “Sav" by Cédric Stevens
Bass on “Static Kings" by Werner Dafeldecker
Drums on “Static Kings" by Martin Brandlmayr
Drums on “Liminality" by Tony Buck
Recorded & mixed at Amann Studios, Vienna, 2013/14
Tony Buck’s drums recorded by Martin Siewert at Garnison7, Vienna, July 2013
Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin, February 2014
Cover design by Tina Frank
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