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Tao 20 Tree Temple

by John Oliver

Tree Spirit 11:32
Slow Forest 09:04
Ant Ear 04:36
The Peril 03:25


Look up to the trees. Take their instruction. The forest is whispering an important message about what you need to do next. Are you listening?

This album is a soundtrack without a movie for the environmental movement, which is a movement for life itself.

The 20th hexagram of the I Ching asks us to contemplate with deep inner concentration. Gentle wind above; receptive earth below. The tree is the temple that connects these two. Contemplate the laws of heaven and the ways of people. Let the magic realism of this album guide your feelings about the loss we are experiencing in our time, and stir you to action.

I timed the release of the album to coincide with the 28 September start date of the Pre-COP Youth Conference on Climate Change, which takes place in Milan. The full conference takes place starting 31 October for two weeks in Glasgow, Scotland.


released September 24, 2021

Thanks to William Bruneau and Joe Johnson for their support of this album.

John Oliver, composition, performance, recording
Editing, mixing, mastering: John Oliver

Album cover: Seiya 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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