Envelop is a non-profit organization with a mission to share and encourage the creative and social benefits of spatial audio, the next generation of surround sound. Envelop's listening spaces and open source software tools allow us to listen to music, and produce music, in the same way that we naturally experience sound in the world, in three dimensions. Envelop is providing access to intentional immersive listening, and with that experience comes greater shared moments of intentional listening, connection, and inspiration. Envelop was founded by Christopher Willits, Roddy Lindsay, Elan Rosenman, Alingo Loh and Andrew Kimpel, and has a permanent 32 speaker listening space in San Francisco.
An artist and Grammy nominated guitarist and producer based in San Francisco, Christopher Willits believes that music and art can catalyze inner change. Willits creates meditative ambient music created with guitar, voice, that is designed to overlap with his own cinematic film and video work. These immersive audiovisual experiences speak to a global audience on a universal level. His music on labels such as Ghostly International has garnered critical acclaim, sending him on continuous tours around the world. Multiple solo albums and collaborations with the likes of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Tycho, and Taylor Deupree have accounted for a diverse catalog with over 25 releases over the last 15 years. Christopher is the founder of the creative collective Overlap, and also Envelop, a spatial audio platform that creates immersive listening spaces and accessible open source software tools. As a devoted teacher, Christopher strives to illuminate people’s creativity in music and art, and has lectured at many leading institutions in the world.
Alingo Loh is a visual artist and designer based in the Bay Area, CA. Her focus varied from graphic, photo/video, and spatial work that expresses in simple and minimal forms. The intention of her work is to create a serene and immersive space of connections and openness.
BIRDS OF RHYTHM
Birds Of Rhythm is a refreshing, melodic project from San Francisco’s
Lips & Rhythm Records, featuring its founding partners Soleil Kellar & Jesse Sizmo. Formed in 2015, the colorful English-American duo have built a reputation on playing the warmer, jazzier side of House music, gaining a following of likeminded artists and fans in California and abroad. With a healthy obsession for dancing in the sunshine they have helped usher in a new era of marathon daytime parties in San Francisco, hosting a quarterly label showcase that features unique, emerging talent on their roster from far and wide. Between running the label and DJing, Birds Of Rhythm also release remixes and originals for other artists they work with. Sizmo hosts his weekly radio show at Radio Valencia and Kellar spends her time making strange field recordings to include on their debut EP due out Fall 2017. Whenever they get behind the controls their main mission is to transcend musical boundaries between house and disco, bringing a timeless, warm & soulful vibe to the masses out on the dance floor.
Snuise (pronounced Snooze) is the alias of Clifford Hudson a 26 year old producer from San Francisco. Hudson experiments with elements of many genres, with a heavy nod to hip-hop and ambient music. A wide range of sound sources and samples weave through the music, from recordings of the natural world to dusty vinyl records. There is a casual immediacy imbedded in his sound, relaxation coupled with a sense of urgency.
Hailing from San Francisco, Mark Slee co-founded House-Heads in 2008, a collective combining forward-thinking music with a quirky underground vibe, he has gone on to join the Listed Bookings roster and host the monthly mix show Heron Sound on Proton Radio. Most recently he has formed Manjumasi Music, a label collaboration with long-time partner in crime Atish. Slee's sets have taken him far and wide, playing for audiences from Cape Town to Playa del Carmen, from Robot Heart to the Cityfox series in NYC. Slee has evolved a style of deep house that reflects a unique personality, balancing intricate grooves, dreamy textures, and playful whimsical bounce.
Indy Nyles is a live techno musician and producer from Oakland. Over the last two decades, he has studied the intricacies of analog synthesis and hardware construction. Indy has built his own multi-faceted instrument rig, creating his vision of rich, warm west coast techno. A versatile DJ and lifelong vinyl collector, Indy is always pushing a heavy groove of pulsing techno, unapologetic acid and ambient house jams.
Manitous is the stage name of Oakland based DJ, artist, and event producer Chris McDonnell. As a DJ, Manitous is known for a thoughtful, spontaneous approach to programming that eschews focus on genre for focus on narrative, set & setting. His DJ sets are eclectic and adventurous, rooted in the exploration of liminal, left-field music. Heavily influenced by the blues, free jazz, dub reggae, and idm, Manitous brings a moody, dusky aesthetic to dance floors and headphones alike. As founder and resident DJ of Bay Area Bass music collective “The Slayers Club,” Manitous was known for bringing a dreamy, dub-heavy sound to dance floors across the West Coast. More recent years have found him delving deeper into more immersive, textural soundscapes with the Envelop sound team, which aims to “make spatial audio accessible to the public through our immersive sound spaces and open source software tools.”
Ryan Kleeman is a Grammy nominated Audio Engineer, as well as a Sound Designer, and Instructor. As co-founder of Overlap Studio, Ryan has been working creatively in the Bay area sound community for 10 years. Ryan’s work has spanned across many mediums of sound production, including theatre sound design, film and commercial productions, audio system integration, and music production. Ryan has engineered and co-produced with Bay area Artist’s Christopher Willits, Tycho, The Living Earth Show, Silvia Nakkach, and Afrolicious, Kleeman honed his craft working as a recording engineer for the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he received his MFA in Sound Design and Audio Engineering.
The Ride (Roddy Lindsay) is a producer, technologist, and software engineer. He is a co-founder of Envelop and core contributor to its spatial audio platform, Envelop for Live. His live spatial electronic music performances involve a heavy use of filtered disco, drone, and slow-burning electronica.
Elan Rosenman is an experiential sound artist passionate about cross-pollinating ambisonic audio technology with ancient sound healing modalities, biofeedback and the neuroscience of meditation. His sound programs for stress management and peak performance can be found used by Fortune 500 companies and institutions in the SF Bay Area and abroad. Elan performs live ambisonic sound meditations intended to guide an audience through journeys of deepened states of mind, body, and consciousness.