I'm very happy to announce that my new sound + image project, OPENING, is going to be released Sept 2nd by Ghostly International. It consists of an album, a 45min film, a series of photos, and an immersive performance. Everything I know and love has come into the making of this project, and I'm really excited to share it with all of you soon. You can find the trailer of the film and press release for the project below.
Alongside OPENING, I'm launching a new subscription / members service with Drip.fm.
For $5 a month you will gain exclusive access to new music, photography, film/videos, educational tutorials, guest list spots, past releases, remastered albums and occasional streaming events and classes. Nearly every week, you will receive something new, and upon signing up you can choose 3 releases right off the bat. You will also have a direct line of communication with me through the Community Feed, and via comments on my posts. This is more than a platform to release content, it’s a space that we can connect within; a space for us where creativity and communication can be the top priority, away from the noise and advertising interests of social media.
I will directly give you exclusive content and personal access to my creative process, and you can support it all with a small monthly fee (that equals 16 cents per day). The more members we can get, the more support there will be, and I will be able to devote more time to making my art and building creative community alongside it. This new way of sharing my work and ideas is going to change how I create and release everything. It's also going to transform how I communicate with the community that supports and grows this creative process. Please share with anyone that you think would like to be a part of this, and let's make it happen.
You can become a member here- https://drip.fm/willits
Here is the press release for OPENING:
Christopher Willits presents new visual album OPENING.
Drip.fm to offer exclusive content to members.
Release date: September 2, 2014
"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."
OPENING will be released on September 2, 2014, with select scenes and tracks featured leading up to the official release date. Exclusive content related to OPENING will be available through Christopher’s new subscription service at Drip.fm- https://drip.fm/willits