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A year on from Christopher Willits’ Gravity album, which found the artist in a reflective space, he enlists some of his favorite artists to rework the album. Gravity Remixes welcomes April + VISTA, East Forest, Eduardo Castillo, Helios, King Britt, and Superposition.
As a staple on Ghostly International for two decades, the pioneering composer, guitarist, producer, and visual artist has navigated the field of contemporary ambient music with curiosity and ambition. For 2022’s Gravity, Willits emerged from a period of change and challenge with his most personal and refined work to date. Mixed in spatial audio by Willits himself, a format he's embraced since 2017 album Horizon and as the director of the immersive listening nonprofit Envelop, the material came with the simple instruction to let the sound guide the mind's intrinsic need to process. "This music is a tool for slowing down, feeling, and healing." Gravity Remixes continues the sentiment and expands its reach via a range of artistry.
For set opener "Crescent," we find album collaborators April + VISTA revisiting their original, adding a more pronounced string arrangement and guitar to celestial effect. Long-time affiliates Superposition (Justin Boreta and Matthew Davis) reimagine “Origin” in a haze of static and abstracted bell sounds. For the stunning “Tunnels” remake by East Forest, the electronic project of Portland’s Trevor Oswalt, the tune steps into nature territory before its piano glissando takes hold. Venezuela’s Eduardo Castillo elevates the pace of “Spiraling” with soft percussion and orchestral layering. The track also gets a hypnotic, arpeggiated synth re-work from legendary DJ/producer and now educator King Britt. Ghostly labelmate Helios (Keith Kenniff, aka Goldmund), fresh from his new album Espera, brings standout “Endless” into more beat-driven strata, setting the release into new terrain.
released November 8, 2023
Christopher Willits - Moog guitar, bass guitar, synth, voice, field recordings
April + VISTA - Voice, additional vocal production on 01
Elissa LeCoque - Voice on track 07
Brett Allen - Additional synth and mixing on track 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.
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