Christopher Willits is a musician, artist and teacher based in San Francisco who believes that music and art can catalyze inner change. Willits focuses on meditative ambient electronic music created with guitar, immersive audiovisual experiences, and landscape photography, Awarded a masters in electronic music from Mills College, he 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 spiritual yet down-to-earth level. His music on labels such as Ghostly International has garnered critical acclaim, sending him on continuous tours around the world over the last 12 years. Multiple solo albums and collaborations with the likes of Japanese legend Ryuichi Sakamoto and Tycho, have accounted for a diverse catalog with over 25 releases over the last 15 years. Willits is the founder of the creativity catalyst Overlap, and ENVELOP, a 3D immersive audio platform currently constructing a venue in San Francisco that is positioned to influence the future of music production.
Envelop is an immersive audio platform that transforms how we experience music. This evolution of sound technology further connects us to music, to each other, and the stories we wish to tell. It enables the creation of audio virtual reality. Recreate a real-world scene, make music that spirals around you, or produce beautiful 3D soundscapes that elate the senses. We aim to inspire the future of music and sound design with an accessible platform for immersive sound. Envelop is creating multiple immersive sound installations, for both outdoor and indoor environments, including The Midway in San Francisco. Using Envelop’s accessible production tools, any musician and producer can freely move sound around the audience. Our software integrates seamlessly into an any creator’s existing workflow. Envelop will host immersive audiovisual performances, deep listening events, film screenings, sound therapy research, educational workshops about the benefits of this technology, and how to use our accessible open source software tools.
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