Oct 9, 2015
"Ancient Future is the second collaboration between composer and visionary pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto and electronic pioneer Christopher Willits. Built around a series of piano pieces that Sakamoto sent to Willits after the release of the duo's first record together, 2008's Ocean Fire, the six tracks that make up Ancient Future are entirely instrumental—and yet, they speak about the very essence of what it means to be human.
As a whole, Ancient Future functions as a piece about the creation, acceptance and completion of one's fate and all of life's experiences, following a trajectory through inner conflict, resolution and, ultimately, acceptance. The six-song cycle moves through a narrative of sorts, each piece with a story to tell and an aspect of life to explore.
The album opens with the restless energy of "Reticent Reminiscence", an energy that subsides into the introversion of "Abandoned Silence" and "I Don't Want to Understand" and, eventually, the cold disassociation of "Levitation". A certain warmth returns with "Releasing", its guitar arpeggios like washes of sunlight, and the album's journey finally resolves into closing track "Completion", a piece that's full of quiescent tranquility, perhaps reflecting the experience of finally coming to know oneself.
Despite its conceptual coherency, contradictions lie at the heart of Ancient Future, as the album title might suggest. Even within the confines of each track, opposing forces are at play—loops of static and feedback provide the backing for delicate melodies that develop and evolve like ripples on a placid lake. And yet the contradictions never feel like conflicts—instead, the diverging elements come together to create something with its own internal logic, perhaps reflecting the way that we are all the sum of our experiences, both light and dark, positive and negative.released July 31, 2012 "
Sep 30, 2015
Listen to Overlap release - Subconscious Attractions Strategies by Boyce + Matmos + Willits -
Nate Boyce - Synthesizers
Drew Daniel - Synthesizers, Computer
MC Schmidt - Things that make sound, Voice, Mics
Christopher Willits - Guitar + Computer
Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Christopher Willits.
Sep 28, 2015
Sep 22, 2015
Released in October, 2012, The Maidu is the project of producer and bassist Clifford Hudson based out of San Francisco, CA. His sound is influenced by music from all eras and genre, from obscure electronic and experimental music, to classic funk breaks and hip hop. Hudson fuses live electronics and intricately mined samples into fluid whole, as if the sounds had always lived together. Clear narrative form transforms into abstract electronic textures; synth bleeps and textural washes evolve over deep, solid grooves with undeniable force. Forms is is the Maidu's first offering, an overlap of spaced out ambient mind-melts and solid breakbeat gold. Forms a bold statement from a young producer just beginning to express his gifts.
Sep 21, 2015
Photos of TYCHO's set at TBD Fest, Sacramento the past Saturday 9/19 -
Sep 18, 2015
Last Saturday, Drip.com organized a meetup with Christopher Willits' Drip members of the Bay Area. The event took place in the afternoon at Dolores Park, SF. The meeetup became a dance party as the sun went down, with best buds Scott Hansen (of Tycho) and Christopher.
For $5 a month Willits' Drip members are VIPs to all of his events and given new creative content weekly. Everything from new music, behind-the-scenes videos, photography, production tutorials, archival releases, and much more are shared weekly with members.