Christopher Willits - "Opening" (album stream) (video)

by Brice Ezell

5 September 2014

It's rare to get a complete audio/visual package in an album, but San Francisco artist Christopher Willits has done just that with Opening.
 

San Francisco artist Christopher Willits has outdone both himself and many of his contemporaries with Opening, his recently released audio/visual album. Not only did he write a seven-song album, but he also put together a stunning 45-minute visual accompaniment for the music. Says Willits of the artwork, “For years, I’ve imagined the work I do in music, photography, video/film, immersive audio and meditation all coming into one space.” With Opening he has achieved that union quite impressively.
  
Willits describes his inspiration for the project: “I have always loved nature documentaries since I was a kid, but rarely love the commentary and narrative they create. For a long time, I’ve wanted to make a piece that overlaps the sounds I hear in my head with the beautiful Earth I seek out with my eyes. I love the films Baraka and Koyaanisqatsi, but feel that both are so heavy with such negative dichotomies about humans and the Earth. I wanted to create an inspiring, lifting feeling of openness. We can change and transform, absolutely we can. It begins with our own personal opening.”

You can stream Opening below:


While listening to the album, view the accompanying film below:


Opening is out now in digital and physical formats through Ghostly International.

//related
We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work. We are a wholly independent, women-owned, small company. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing, challenging times where costs have risen and advertising has dropped precipitously. PopMatters needs your help to keep publishing. Thank you.


//comments
//Mixed media
//Blogs

How It Slips Away: 'The Breaking Point' Crosses Hemingway With Noir

// Short Ends and Leader

"Whether we've seen or read the story before, we ache for these sympathetic, floundering people presented to us gravely and without cynicism, even when cynical themselves.

READ the article