Win Tickets ($40): Tycho @ Crystal Ballroom | Ambient, Psychedelic, w/ Christopher Willits

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Tycho @ Crystal Ballroom on July 31. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, July 28.

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Tycho @ Crystal BallroomTycho
July 31, 2014
7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show | $20 | All Ages

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 225-0047

As Tycho, Scott Hansen blends swirling melodies into vaguely triumphant arcs that crisscross between stuttering beats and vocal samples, creating rolling sonic landscapes that extend into the horizon. Known in the design world as ISO50, the San Francisco-based artist is famed for his warm, textured design style, which serves as a backdrop and mirror for his musical output.

Hansen began releasing music over 10 years ago with The Science of Patterns EP. His first full-length, Sunrise Projector, came out in 2004, and as the critical acclaim continued in 2006 with the release of Past Is Prologue. He eventually met Ghostly and, like everybody else, they simply had to work with him.

It was around 2008 that URBmagazine noted Tycho as one of the Next 100 artists to watch, and Hansen continued to release singles and experiment with more live instrumentation. In 2011, his meticulous process saw the release of Dive, his debut full-length for Ghostly International. Tranquil, nostalgic and melodic, the record established him beyond the realm of IDM and ambient.

Now with Awake, Tychos second Ghostly LP, the project returns as a true three-piece band comprised of Zac Brown (guitar, bass) and Rory O’Connor (live drums). Lengthy touring for Dive brought Tycho to its full potential, and in efforts to capture the energy on the road Hansen invited Brown and O’Connor in to the creative process. Both the sound and artwork of Awake capture Hansens stylistic shift, conjuring a more kintetic and percussive sensory experience.

Christopher Willits
Christopher Willits is an artist – an electronic music and guitar pioneer, composer, producer, photographer, filmmaker and system designer. Named “the Picasso of sound” (Tokafi), Christopher uses his self-designed software tools to “paint with his guitar” (Pitchfork), creating “mesmerizing, intricate electronic soundscapes” (Nowness) and lush audiovisual performances of weaving patterns, texture, and harmony. Willits creates immersive experiences of overlapping sound and light. Working solo and in collaboration with the likes of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Matmos, Zach Hill (Hella/Death Grips), and Taylor Deupree, Christopher has released over 20 albums within the last decade. Willits is based in San Francisco and has a master’s degree in electronic music from Mills College.

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40 Responses to Win Tickets ($40): Tycho @ Crystal Ballroom | Ambient, Psychedelic, w/ Christopher Willits

  1. Staci B July 21, 2014 at 10:38 am #

    Tycho is an amazing artist with a unique sound ! I would love a chance to see them live at the crystal ballroom
    Cheers !!!

  2. Anita July 21, 2014 at 10:55 am #

    Oh my gosh please! XD

  3. Gene M. July 21, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

    I would love to see these guys live.


  4. Jacob Hauge July 21, 2014 at 12:17 pm #

    Tycho is changing my life.

  5. Drew July 21, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    I don’t like to rave,
    This you already know;
    I prefer chillwave,
    And bands like Tycho.

    So next Thursday night,
    While the Crystal’s alight,
    And the artist’s got flow –
    Oh please, LET ME GO!


  6. Linda S July 21, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

    I have never seen this band and would like to.

  7. Marla July 21, 2014 at 7:38 pm #

    Yes please!

  8. Yume July 22, 2014 at 12:34 am #

    I’ve heard great things… would love to check them out!

  9. john Thomas July 22, 2014 at 4:03 am #

    sounds like cool beans to me

  10. Stork Schlemiel July 22, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    My sweet wife LIVES for this kind of music. I would sure love to take her to this! – S.

  11. Ryan July 22, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

    tycho is gonna pack out the crystal, i’d like to be there

  12. Tim July 23, 2014 at 9:37 am #

    I’m a happy boy when both my ears and eyes are stimulated. A Tycho show will do just that!

  13. Patrick July 23, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

    I know that Tycho is amazing. Just have never seen it live. I would love to

  14. Cindy T. July 23, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    The visuals and audibles of Tycho combine for a wonderful spatial experience. I would like to see this take place at the Crystal Ballroom.

  15. Jillian July 23, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

    I would LOVE to attend the show to see Tycho. I recently moved back to Portland and have just been discovering new music and venues. After listening to their music it would be so amazing to see them live and be surrounded by othe people who love live music, and Portland!

  16. S Barker July 23, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

    My husband would love to go to this; I would love to take him for free :)

  17. Ryan July 23, 2014 at 10:25 pm #

    After “Awake” was released, I listened to Tycho almost everyday while driving to work in St. Louis and daydreaming about moving to Portland someday. Well, that someday finally happened. Seeing Tycho live would completely fulfill that dream.

  18. Heidi July 23, 2014 at 11:29 pm #

    I relocated to Portland this month. I haven’t had a good reason to check out the Ballroom yet.. this would be a treat!

  19. Zack July 24, 2014 at 11:40 am #

    I would LOVE to go to Tycho for my birthday weekend! Unfortunately his show in Seattle sold out before I was able to get tickets, so I’m pretty bummed about that. Really want to show my support for him!

  20. Raquel July 24, 2014 at 11:41 am #

    Really want to win these tickets! I’m a huge Tycho fan and it’s been a while since I’ve seen him live!

  21. Zack July 24, 2014 at 11:51 am #

    I would love to see Tycho for my birthday weekend! He’s my favorite ambient artist and definitely want to support! Thanks!

    • Zack July 24, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

      Oops, my post wasn’t showing above so this one can be deleted, didn’t mean to post twice!

  22. Michael July 24, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

    This will be the perfect bro-date for my friend and I. Perfect way to wrap up a summer of bro-ing down to great music!!

  23. Nancy July 24, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

    Awesome, cool, wonderful, unique sounds! Would love to go; thanks for the chance!

  24. Anthony July 24, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    Just got into Tycho recently and would love to go see him!

  25. Micah July 24, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

    Good goddamn, Tycho is super rad

  26. Al July 24, 2014 at 4:10 pm #

    My boyfriend has been hinting about going to this for months, but since I don’t really know the band I just kind of ignore him :P if I win I will give him these tickets and he will be so happy!

  27. David July 24, 2014 at 5:05 pm #

    My girlfriend loves Tycho! You folks would make me a hero if I showed up with tickets in hand!

  28. Marianne July 24, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

    This would be so fun!

  29. J July 24, 2014 at 8:48 pm #

    Amazing artist. I’d love to go!

  30. Lisa July 24, 2014 at 11:48 pm #


  31. Niki July 25, 2014 at 1:47 am #

    Down on luck lately (seriously!) – Can’t afford more than free these days, but I really want to go out, have fun, and meet awesome people. I’m a pro musician and ambient/psych are 2 genre subdivisions I <3

  32. Alexandra July 25, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    My boyfriend and I just moved to Portland 3 weeks ago from the east coast and we listened to Tycho on our drive across the country. It’d be the perfect first show for us to see together in our new homeland!

  33. rebecca coverdale July 25, 2014 at 3:01 pm #


  34. tom July 26, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    looks mind blowing! I would love to go!

  35. Melanie July 26, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

    Ello! Newly single mama of a one year old, Lucious Phoenix, needs a night out ;)!
    I haven’t heard of tycho before now, but I have a growing appreciation and love for the artists music!

    Thank you!!

  36. Stephanie R July 26, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

    I got into tycho while in Thailand and would love to incorporate things from Thailand back into my life here. This would be a great experience.

  37. Carson July 26, 2014 at 10:06 pm #

    I would much enjoy attending thank you.

  38. Larissa Nez July 28, 2014 at 11:13 am #

    I love Tycho! Wish tickets weren’t so expensive. Pick me!

  39. Jaimie July 28, 2014 at 5:18 pm #

    I wanna go!

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