Austrian guitarist, composer and electronic musician Christian Fennesz is recognized as a key figure and one of the most distinctive voices of electronic music today internationally. In the beginning of the 1990s, Fennesz became involved with Viennese techno and ambient scene and though formally educated in guitar and ethnomusicology, Fennesz decided to pursue composing and developing his own sound world in the electronic idiom. By plugging his guitar into his laptop and transforming and processing it, he created a sound that is unique to Fennesz.
On his first full length solo release, Hotel Parallel (1997), he introduced a mix of raw textures and twisted guitar sounds. The album was awarded the internationally prestigious Prix Ars Electronica. Several albums followed, such as the milestone Endless Summer (2001), that changed the perception of electronic music. It gave a significant importance to melodies, appearing in a shimmering, almost symphonic electronic soundscape. The album Venice (2004) has been characterized “white noise meets pop”. The last decade Fennesz has collaborated with musicians, filmmakers,and dancers such as Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Sylvian, Keith Rowe, Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse, Mike Patton, and many others.