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Isolation Journal 2 - breathe

by Douglas Schmidt and John Oliver

tree breath 03:50
22 breaths 03:33
giant breath 04:37
high breath 05:16
short breath 04:48
noh breath 04:46
deep breath 05:09
slow breath 07:27
breathing 04:58


"Schmidt is very much in control with precise, surgical mastery of volume, sustain, and subtle timbral changes. The fragile melodies are cinematic, uncloaking a spatial vastness worthy of a gentle late-night journey of mind and/or body."
avantmusicnews.com December 26, 2021

During this isolation time, the earth has had time to recover from humanity's rapacious overuse of her resources. As a quietness comes over the land, we overusers of the earth begin to hear her again, hear the animals, birds, insects, little creatures, plants, ocean, wind, all breathing.

The music on this album, if listened to from beginning to end with an attitude of attention, invites you to breath with the earth, to slow down and listen. This set of pieces is all about “breathing”. The person who lives to 80 will take about 672,768,000 breaths in a lifetime. The first breath of our lives is inhale, and the last breath is exhale, with variations in between. Each musical phrase or gesture in this series of compositions is a breath, with subsequent breaths functioning as variations of the previous one. The combination of bandoneon and electronics is like a duet. The bandoneon sound often morphs into extended sonorities and other instruments or voices. The bandoneon requires bellows that breathe to produce sound, and so the gradual unfolding of breaths you hear throughout the album is enhanced by sound processing that evokes the behaviour of nature.

This album is a deep listening experience that will slow you down and reconnect you to your own breath.

"Beautiful. I loved listening to the whole thing and experience the calm it created." - Hildegard Westerkamp.


released May 21, 2021

Music composed and performed by Douglas Schmidt and John Oliver
Cover photo by Morri Kroeker
Cover design by Seiya and John Oliver

Editing, mixing, mastering by John Oliver

© 2021 Douglas Schmidt and John Oliver (SOCAN)
℗ 2021 John Oliver

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John Oliver Vancouver, British Columbia

composer, guitarist and electronic musician. The music here is mostly electronic, soundscape music projects, ranging from more classic musique concrète to granular synthesis and dark ambient. My instrumental and vocal music appears on several other labels and compilations. ... more

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