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Silk Receives Genie Nomination
The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television History has announced the nominees for the 28th Annual Genie Awards to be held on March 3, 2008 in Toronto.

Ryuichi Sakamoto has been nominated for Achievement in Music - Original Score for his score for Silk. Silk has been nominated for five Genies overall.

For over 25 years, the Academy has continued to dedicate itself to Canadian film and television. Its mandate is to honor outstanding achievements; to heighten public awareness and increase audience attendance and appreciation of Canadian film and television productions; and to encourage the highest standards of film and television production in Canada.


Willits + Sakamoto's Ocean Fire Scheduled for Release
Willits + Sakamoto's new release, Ocean Fire, is a sublime soundtrack for the ocean. It is an intense and stirring wash of cascading tones and textured harmony. Willits + Sakamoto surprise with rare form in this collaboration, creating a sound world unlike anything they have produced previously. Each artist has gently pulled the other into new sonic territory. Sakamoto's gorgeous processed piano sound reflects Christopher Willits' beautiful shimmering clusters of notes, a new aspect of Willits°« pioneering guitar/computer approach. Together, their sounds merge effortlessly, creating deep and seamless swells of gigantic melodic waves.

Ocean Fire was recorded live at Sakamoto's NYC studio. The improvisations found their final form through some further editing in the months to come, and final mastering by Calyx in Berlin. We hear the artists exploring their relationship to each other, new sounds, and the ocean's boundless force and importance. This release is dedicated to the healing and restoration of our fragile oceans.

Christopher Willits is a young talented artist who has shown he can do just about anything. In the late-nineties Willits began integrating his guitar playing with unique custom digital processing, and has since been instrumental in redefining the sound palette of the guitar. Overlapping all forms of music, sound, and visual art, Willits' work defies genre and retains a presence of it's own.

12k is proud to release this work that pairs one of its core artists with a legendary composer on February 12th.

Ocean Fire is currently available as a download exclusively from the Other Music Digital Music Store, and is available for pre-order from Amazon.


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