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 for over a decade. 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 non-profit with the mission to amplify the power of music through immersive 3D sound venues and spatial audio software tools.
Ryan Kleeman is a Grammy nominated Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, and Instructor. Co-founder of Overlap Studio, Ryan has been working creatively in the Bay area sound community for the last 10 years. Currently, Ryan is teaching audio production and postproduction courses at Overlap, The Bay Area Video Coalition and The Art Institute of California. Ryan has engineered and co-produced with Bay area Artist’s Christopher Willits, Tycho, The Living Earth Show, Silvia Nakkach, Christopher Eickmann, Roma 79, Pleasuremaker, miRthkon, and Future Twin. Ryan is working as a recording, mixing and mastering engineer at Overlap Studio, Ghostcat Studios, and Studio Guapo. Kleeman received his MFA in Sound Design and Audio Engineering from The University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Producer and bassist Cliff Hudson is based out of San Francisco, California. His sound is influenced by music from all eras and genres, from obscure electronic and experimental music, to classic funk and hip hop. Hudson fuses live electronics and intricately mined samples into fluid whole, as if the sounds had always lived together. Cliff helps to focus a number of Overlap projects, ranging from music curation and release details to event organization and details.
Alingo Loh is an artist and designer based in the Bay Area. Her interests lie in experimental and processed work. She strives to create serene and unique immersive experiences. She works with various media and tools.
Brilliant people and organizations involved in Overlap performances, releases and collaborations.