Christopher Willits returns to Ghostly International with Gravity, his latest exploration in ambient music with deep listening intention. Composed during a period of change and challenge, it is the artist’s most personal and refined work to date. "This music is a tool for slowing down, feeling, and healing," Willits encourages listeners to seek an immersive playback setting for the spatial audio recordings (via headphones or speakers) and to let the sound guide the mind's intrinsic need to process.
"For me, this album is like a prayer of gratitude; feeling the curves of life, listening to the balance, acknowledging the ongoing journey. Every piece is a hymn filled with the balance of acceptance and perseverance, grief and inspiration."
Over the past two decades, the pioneering composer, guitarist, producer, and visual artist has navigated the field of contemporary ambient music with curiosity and ambition, realizing an acclaimed body of work that includes collaborative projects with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Taylor Deupree, and Tycho. This driven-yet-gentle devotion to deep listening led him to the forefront of cutting-edge spatial audio production, a nascent technology at the time of his 2017 album Horizon, now adopted widely across the music industry. Beyond his craft, Willits has helped build a community through the immersive listening spaces and open-source tools of the nonprofit he directs, Envelop.
The ideas for Gravity first emerged in 2018 as Willits recorded guitar improvisations in a temple in Gifu, Japan. Following the completion of Sunset, he resumed work in 2020 from his recording space in California — utilizing his custom Moog guitar, bass synth, bass guitar, field recordings, and voice — and finalized the set during stays with family in Kansas City and Hawai'i. There was a gravity imbuing each session; processing the impending flux of the world while supporting his mother during her declining health. His natural response was to create music that soothes and facilitates a state of relaxation and clarity.
released September 9, 2022
Christopher Willits - Moog guitar, bass guitar, synth, voice, field recordings
April + VISTA - Voice, additional vocal production on 01
Elissa LeCoque - Voice on 07
Brett Allen - Additional synth and mixing on 08
Christopher Willits - Immersive mixes, production, mastering
Ryan Kleeman - Production consultation
Alingo Loh - Art consultation
Recorded at Overlap Studio, Oakland, CA. and project studios in Gifu Japan, Kansas City, and Punalu’u Hawai’i.
Mixed at Overlap Studio and Envelop SF, San Francisco.
Writer - Christopher Willits (ASCAP)
Publisher - Overlap Music (ASCAP)
Artist, guitarist, producer. One of the most diverse and prolific catalogs in ambient music, including collaborations with
Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Tycho. “I believe that music and art can catalyze inner change, and those changes within ourselves can influence changes in the world”. Also the director / co-founder of Envelop, uniting people through immersive listening experiences envelop.us...more