Christopher Willits

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 3D immersive audio platform currently constructing a venue in San Francisco 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. I also show others how to do this for themselves, and aid them in creating what they love. I believe that both the experience and process of creating music and art can catalyze inner change. Changes in our world occur when we change ourselves. The experiences I share are informed by my practice of meditation, Tai Chi and shamanic work with plant teachers. I express the gratitude, wonder and inspiration of being on this planet with you, right now.

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