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Christopher Willits - Ableton Live/Max/MSP/Jitter workshop and audiovisual performance in Berlin

Guitarist and electronic musician Christopher Willits will give an exclusive Ableton Live and MAX/MSP/Jitter workshop followed by his audiovisual performance previewing brand new material!

Friday, June 19th
7:00 pm, Ableton Live/MAX/MSP/Jitter workshop
9:00 pm, kyoka - DJ set
10:00 pm, performance Christopher Willits

Elsenstr. 52, 2nd courtyard, 2nd floor
12059 Berlin

Fee: 10 EUR (workshop + performance)

RSVP: Please send an e-mail to enka_nkATgmxDOTde with the subject: "Ableton Live workshop"

Christopher Willits has been instrumental in redefining the guitar in the digital age. Using custom-built software, Willits morphs his guitar playing into warm folded rhythms of texture and melody. Named "the center cell of a complex indie rock-avant-garde-electronic art Venn diagram in the Bay Area" (San Francisco Bay Guardian) and "the Picasso of Sound" (Tokafi Magazine), Willits defies genre distinctions while still defining a sound of his own. His guitar lines fold and weave into each other, creating complex patterns of interlocking rhythm, melody and texture.

With over fifteen music releases over the last seven years, Willits' passion is obvious. 2006 marked the release of "Surf Boundaries," a critically acclaimed wash of Willits' guitars and vocal harmonies on the incandescent Ghostly International label. Every release sees Willits taking chances and expanding his creative vision. In addition to his solo work, a vast range of music collaborations, sound installations, and film/video projects compel him. His band project Flossin involves Zach Hill, Kid606, Nate Boyce and Matmos; The North Valley Subconscious Orchestra is Willits and Brad Laner, formerly of Medicine. Other frequent collaborators include Scott Pagano, Taylor Deupree and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Willits' numerous releases and collaborative projects cover a broad spectrum of musical styles, and include one main commonality: Willits' unique approach to the guitar and sound.

Willits completed his Master's Degree in Electronic Music at Mills College where he studied with Pauline Oliveros and Fred Frith. At Mills he explored structure-generating processes in music, a focus not unfamiliar to former Mills affiliates John Cage and Steve Reich. Prior to Mills, Willits focused on painting, video art, sound art and music at the Kansas City Art Institute.



Further adventures in controlling Jitter video with Ableton Live.

Christopher Willits continues his monthly series from SoundArts integrating video footage with live performance using Ableton Live and studio. In this episode, he expands on what he began last episode: Max/MSP/Jitter.

Tune in once a month as Christopher shows us some of the ways he produces his own music, as well as the many cool things you can do with recording software. According to Christopher, "I simply want to excite people's imaginations and creative processes so they can more easily create the sounds and music and art they love."