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by Christopher Willits

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Stoma 01:56
Alba 02:28
Wings 01:52
Hang 05:54
Poie 04:22
Mesa 01:45
Perminsail 05:34
Seed 02:14


I created this EP from live recordings of processed guitar in late 2000 and early 2001 in my dorm room at Mills College. It was my second solo self-release. This is the music that Taylor Deupree / 12k heard while we were playing one of my first shows in San Francisco which led to "Folding, and the Tea," and also the release of "Pollen." It was a few years later that Sam Valenti at Ghostly heard "Seven Machines for Summer" on the subsequent 12k release, which led to my relationship with Ghostly. In many ways, this release laid a foundation for my future releases.

It is also the seed of a signal processing technique I wrote a thesis about called folding; a process that repositions real-time recordings of an input, in this case guitar, to create patterns. In this early version of the folding software, the creases, like the folds in origami, are apparent in the form of slippery rhythmic clicks.

All of these pieces are live guitar recordings, looping and folding into each other, and then the output was recorded live as well. There was no editing other than trimming the edges and some fades (except Poie has a layered synth added later). Tracks like Hang, Alba, and Wings, still feel like some of my favorite music that I have made. Not in a structural sense, but in the purity of process. The process was in motion, the surface of the music so tangible, and I knew I had to get these sounds out to people.

Although my work has changed a lot since this release, the same intention has always been there. To create a space of opening and expansion, through an often technical creative process, that is spiritually cathartic to myself, and hopefully resonates out to others.


released January 1, 2001

Guitar and computer, mixing, production, mastering Christopher Willits


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Christopher Willits 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
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