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Album + film of the week: OPENING by Christopher Willits

Finally, the new album and film OPENING by Christopher Willits, is out now! via Ghostly International.

Moog guitar, Voice, Baritone guitar, Keys, Drums, Percussion - Christopher Willits
Keys on 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 - Scott Hansen
Baritone on 6 - Zac Brown
Live drums on 2, 4, 6 - Rory O’Connor
Field recordings - Ryan Kleeman
Mixed and mastered by Christopher Willits and Ryan Kleeman at Overlap Studio
Engineered by Christopher Willits
Production consultants - Scott Hansen, Ryan Kleeman and Kenric McDowell
Artwork by Scott Hansen, Christopher Willits and Alingo Loh
Images sourced from the film OPENING by Christopher Willits

Buy the Album - theghostlystore.com/products/christopher-willits-opening

OPENING is a visual album created by Christopher Willits. It is a 45 min film, an album released on Ghostly International, a series of photo prints, and live performances. OPENING is best described as an experience, designed to inspire a space of peace and expansion. Willits’ music and photographic filmmaking overlap into a kind of abstract narrative speaking to personal transformation and connection to the earth. Willits will be performing the sounds and images of OPENING live in the US and Europe this fall while on tour with Tycho.

Download OPENING - vimeo.com/ondemand/opening

OPENING Press Release

"For years, I’ve imagined the work I do in music, photography, video/film, immersive audio and meditation all coming into one space," says music-art guru Christopher Willits from his home in San Francisco. It’s an ambition that seems especially befitting of a worldly polymath like Willits. "Sound and light can transform and inspire our imaginations," he continues. "It can be used as a tool to awaken our consciousness." And that is exactly what he has set out to do with OPENING, the veteran Ghostly artist’s new immersive audio-visual project.

Across seven tracks of widescreen ambient music, 45 minutes of visuals shot over four years in multiple countries, seven photographs, and a multi-sensory, multiple channel live performance, Willits has created something which might better be thought of as an experience than a simple album. OPENING features Willits’ latest music since Ancient Future, his 2012 collaboration with Japanese pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto, and his recent production and mastering work on Tycho’s “Awake”. The vibrant, enveloping sounds we’ve come to expect from him are on full display. The quiet majesty of “Vision” ushers us into the sacred world Willits creates, a living universe that billows and heaves alongside slow-grooving songs like “Clear” and “Connect,” or with the textural minutiae and harmonic subtleties in “Ground” and “Now”. Closing out the album, “Wide” and “Release” offer the listener a gentle comedown through 15 minutes of transcendent audio, with Willits’ delicate guitar manipulations breathing life into the aether of finely textured atmospheres and soft-glowing synths.

The other integral facet to the experience of OPENING is Willits’ visual work. After building a library of images from his travels around California, Hawaii, Japan, and Thailand, Willits is unveiling an abstract narrative film, with seven scenes that correspond with the seven songs from the album along with seven limited edition photo prints. The 45-minute film interfuses music and a first-person perspective of meditative scenes — inspiring nature sections reminiscent of the films Baraka, Koyaanisqatsi and Planet Earth — to create the space of OPENING.

Willits says, “There are no actors or dialogue in this film. The audience and their perception is the main character, and everyone’s imagination is going to create some meaning that’s relevant to their own experience. My intention is to create a space where people can open up and expand into, relax and recharge.” OPENING is unlike anything Willits has accomplished before, perhaps because the audio-visual project is about expanding one’s mind to invite something new. Or, as Willits puts it, “For me, OPENING is about transformation, the experience of changing oneself to be more of who you know you can be, and, ultimately, the joy that comes with that change.”

Exclusive content related to OPENING is available through Christopher’s new subscription service at Drip.fm- drip.fm/willits

OPENING (Album, Film, Photos) - www.christopherwillits.com/opening

WIDE (OPENING SCENE 6) by Christopher Willits

WIDE is the scene 06 and second single from the upcoming album/film OPENING by Christopher Willits, out next week September 2, 2014 on Ghostly International.

Directed, Edited and Color by Christopher Willits. Shot by Christopher Willits and Andrew Binkley
Music composed, performed and produced by Christopher Willits with the members of TychoScott Hansen on keys, Zac Brown on Baritone Guitar, and Rory O’Connor drums. Mixed and mastered by Christopher Willits and Ryan Kleeman. Single cover art by Alingo Loh and Christopher Willits.

Pre-order the full album from Ghostly International here

OPENING by Christopher Willits coming soon…

The new sound + image project by Christopher WillitsOPENING, will be released on September 2, 2014 via Ghostly International. It consists of an album, a 45min film, a series of photos, and an immersive performance.

CLEAR is the first single from this audio/visual project.

Directed, Edited and Color by Christopher Willits. Shot by Christopher Willits and Andrew Binkley
Music composed, performed and produced by Christopher Willits with Scott Hansen (Tycho) on keys and Rory O’connor drums. Mixed and mastered by Christopher Willits and Ryan Kleeman. Single cover art by Alingo Loh and Christopher Willits.

Pre-order the full album from Ghostly International here

Christopher Willits - OPENING Album/Film Release Party

Willits will perform it’s first official live premiere of this new album/film on Saturday SEPT 6th, 2014 at The Independent in San Francisco with Devonwho and other special guests. 

Tickets here http://ticketf.ly/UOIrnJ

Diamond Version (Alva Noto + Byetone) @ MUTEK.MX 2013

A/V live performance by Diamond Version (DE), the collaborative project between the duo consisting of Alva Noto (Carsten Nicolai) & Byetone (Olaf Bender) —Raster Noton’s co-founders— at the 10th anniversary of the International Festival of Digital Creativity & Electronic Music MUTEK.MX 2013 / A/VISION 3 - NOCTURNO 1 / Foto Museo Cuatro Caminos / Mexico City
October 4th 2013

Video clips filmed & edited by Victor Lara

Review: wp.me/p16Hui-I0 / Photos: flic.kr/s/aHsjKB8KD8


3DESTRUCT v2 is an audiovisual installation by the artists Yannick Jacquet, Jeremie Peeters and Thomas Vaquié from the visual label ANTIVJ (Bristol / Paris / Brussels) presented in collaboration by MUTEK.MX & COCOLAB as first activity of the 10th anniversary of MUTEK Mexico Festival within the facilities of the mexican multidisciplinary collective COCOLAB, Mexico City.

April 2013.

Review: wp.me/p16Hui-z8

Video: Euphorie/1024 Architecture @ MUTEK.MX 2012 (clips)

Live performance by the duo Euphorie (FR) from the audio visual label 1024 Architecture at the International Festival of Digital Creativity & Electronic Music MUTEK.MX 2012 / A/VISION 1 / Teatro de la Ciudad Esperanza Iris / Mexico City

October 3th 2012

Photos @ Flickr: flic.kr/s/aHsjFQBP92 / Review: wp.me/p16Hui-sI

Video: Le Révélateur @ MUTEK.MX 2012

Live performance by the duo Le Révélateur (CA) at the International Festival of Digital Creativity & Electronic Music MUTEK.MX 2012 / A/VISION 1 / Teatro de la Ciudad Esperanza Iris / Mexico City

October 3th 2012

Photos @ Flickr: flic.kr/s/aHsjFQBP92 / Review: wp.me/p16Hui-sI

Video: Nils Frahm + The Joshua Light Show @ MUTEK.MX 2012

Live performance by the pianist Nils Frahm (DE) + The Joshua Light Show (US) at the International Festival of Digital Creativity & Electronic Music MUTEK.MX 2012 / A/VISION1 / Teatro de la Ciudad Esperanza Iris / Mexico City

October 3th 2012

Photos @ Flickr: flic.kr/s/aHsjFQBP92 / Review: wp.me/p16Hui-sI

Video: Pionier IOO by Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto @ Teatro Metropólitan / Aural Festival 2012

Alva Noto (Carsten Nicolai) & Ryuichi Sakamoto tocando en vivo “Pionier IOO” de su quinto álbum de estudio juntos “Summvs” (2011) en la clausura de la segunda edición del Festival Aural 2012 del Festival de México (FMX) Teatro Metropólitan, Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de México.
Mayo 16 2012 

Fotos: flic.kr/s/aHsjFQoTDH

Video: Microon I / Trioon I by Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto @ Teatro Metropólitan / Aural Festival 2012

Primer vídeo en subir de la reciente presentación en vivo de Alva Noto (Carsten Nicolai) artista alemán minimalista junto al pianista y compositor japonés Ryuichi Sakamoto en la clausura de la segunda edición del Festival Aural 2012 dentro del marco del Festival de México (FMX) Teatro Metropólitan, Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de México.
Mayo 16 2012

Fotos: flic.kr/s/aHsjFQoTDH