Plants and Hearts

by Christopher Willits

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PLANTS AND HEARTS PRESS RELEASE (August 2007)

Christopher Willits is a ceaseless creative force focused on teasing out the most from his instrument of choice – the guitar. With 'Plants and Hearts', he sets out on a divergent exploration of the tonal qualities of guitar, rendering out a composition that references in equal doses the minimal harmonic shifts of Terry Riley and the phasing works of Steve Reich.

Incorporating 4hz isochronic pulses and panning at the same frequency, this work encourages the formation of 4hz brainwave patterns associated with states of meditation, deep relaxation, enhanced creativity, light sleep and lucid dreaming.

Using a MS (mid side) recording of guitar made by Ryan Kleeman at UMKC, the unique mixing technique of panning the cardioid M of the M-S array left and right four times at one second intervals alters spatial cues, and phase relationships.

WARNING: this recording may cause dizziness and a sense of vertigo. You are advised not to drive while listening to this music.

From Willits:
“I've always wanted to release a pure droning guitar piece and equally wanted to incorporate 4hz pulses and panning into something long form. These long drones, were recorded MS giving me some great stuff to experiment with, and allowed me blend these concepts in an unusual way.”

Artwork by Jake Cartwright

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released January 30, 2007
All music by Christopher Willits
Recorded by Ryan Kleeman at UMKC
Artwork by Jake Cartwright

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Christopher Willits San Francisco

A musician, artist, teacher based in SF who believes that music and art can catalyze inner change. Multiple solo albums + collaborations w/ the likes of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Tycho, on Ghostly, have created a diverse catalog with over 25 releases. Founder of the creative collective Overlap (overlap.org), and Envelop a 3D immersive audio platform making spatial audio accessible to artists (envelop.us). ... more

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