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This 2019 NPR article (Can Musicians Avoid Commercial Pressure And Still Make A Living? WILLS Is Trying) highlights Will Johnson's work as a songwriter and producer and his work with arts foundations to create his music.
A collective memory of the future.
A Liquid Music production, commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and presented by The Great Northern, Walker Art Center and CSO
Kate Nordstrum, creative producer
Patrick Marschke, project management, text editing, sound mixing
Performances & Additional Composition:
Holland Andrews, vocals
Rafiq Bhatia, guitar, production
Ian Chang, percussion, production
Erika Dohi, synth, harpsichord, production
Chris Fishman, keys, production
Jackson A. Hill, bass, production
Will Johnson, vocals, visuals, void
Andrew Garman, narration
Robert. J. Frakes, narration
“Brittelle has been drawing from his varied experiences in classical music, punk rock, and electronica to produce silo-bombing music that is at once free-ranging, formally adventurous, unconventionally beautiful, and a joyful thrill to experience.” —The Nation
Using the symbology of our shared past to look forward into an uncertain future of climate change, machine sentience, and the ever-expanding cyber universe, this extraordinary collective debuts the first material generated through the Meta Simulacrum, an interdisciplinary, alternate-reality digital platform designed by composer/producer William Brittelle. This uniquely collaborative project draws from modern classical, jazz, neo-soul, vaporwave, and experimental rock worlds with recontextualized elements of ’80s sound, with each collaborator contributing core content. This retro-futuristic musical landscape is supercharged by the visionary work of filmmaker Isaac Gale and editor/computer coder Patrick Marschke. The Meta Simulacrum Vol. 1 serves as an elegy for a lost future, and a de facto embrace of the strange, surreal times ahead.