Christopher Willits is an artist and teacher across many different disciplines. He might be known foremost as an electronic music and guitar pioneer, but he’s also forging paths in photography, painting, audiovisual work, immersive audio, and sound meditation. The San Francisco musician was awarded a masters in electronic music, and has been dubbed ‘the Picasso of sound’, using his self-designed software tools to paint sound pictures with his guitar, crafting mesmerizing, intricate electronic soundscapes and lush audio-visual performances of weaving patterns, texture, and harmony. Willits creates immersive experiences of overlapping sound and light that speak to listeners on a human level. His ambient electronic music on labels such as Ghostly International have garnered critical acclaim, sending him on tours around the world multiple times. Multiple solo albums and collaborations with the likes of Japanese legend Ryuichi Sakamoto and Tycho, have accounted for over 25 releases over the last 15 years. Willits is the founder of the creative community catalyst Overlap.org, along with ENVELOP a new 3D immersive audio venue in SF that is positioned to influence the future of music production.
I design experiences of sound and light, with the intention of creating a space for opening, reflection and transformation. Sound and light can hold sublime communication and vibration through which the validation or transformation of one’s own connection to everything, can occur. The experiences I create are informed by my practice of meditation, Tai Chi and shamanic work with plant medicines. I express and explore my connection to all, the gratitude, wonder and inspiration.