Ocean Fire was recorded live at Sakamoto’s studio in NYC in spring 2006. 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. Sakamoto is a living legend in music. His numerous releases in YMO, and his grammy award-willing solo work has inspired two generations of fans and artists
Both Sakamoto and Willits gel harmoniously here. Ocean Fire is a great title because it feels that powerful. Also bridging the good versus dark sounding. Great balance and feels almost orchestral like. Reply Notify me 3 Helpful.
Ocean Fire by Willits + Sakamoto, released 03 April 2008 1. Toward Water 2. Umi 3. Sea Plains 4. Sentience 5. Chi-Yu 6. Cold Heat 7. Ocean Sky Remains OCEAN FIRE PRESS RELEASE (Jan 2008) Christopher Willits and Ryuichi 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.
Thankfully, ‘Ocean Fire’ manages to break the stereotype by eschewing the strictly representational-i. e, samples of breaking waves or ocean rumbles-and exploring decidedly darker territory. Ocean Fire is the exception to the rule. I had anticipated the album to fall somewhere between the restrained piano haikus of Sakamoto’s ‘Comica’ and the melodic tea garden ambient of Willits’ ‘Folding And The Tea,’ a combination that would’ve made for the perfect bedtime record.
Ocean Fire is the exception to the rule. Instead, ‘Ocean Fire’ is dedicated to tension and drama, all but abandoning chiming keys and micro-samples in favor of thick slabs of resonant drone and widescreen soundscapes that overwhelm more often then they becalm