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Brant Point in Snow-2
Seelenruhe ( loose translation - Peace Of Mind ) : coming down from an atmosphere drenched in wind, rain and solitude.

In the year 1955 I was born as the youngest son of a farmer in the North of The Netherlands, Western Europe.
In the year 1959 we moved to a huge farm ( at least for me as a kid it was ) about a mile from the nearest village, Wommels. For me the next 2 years to come were like heaven - they pretty much shaped my current artistry. The 'road' ( it was more like a horse track ) to school was too dangerous for me to travel as a 4 year old kid : this meant... that I was free... as free as a bird in the sky for 2 long years... ( of course in the mind of a kid this felt like eternity... ) 

The thing I remember most about that time was sitting silently somewhere in this huge barn directly connected to the house we lived in. As the first year passed by so did the seasons - and the lights... they dimmed... November came... December came... And there I was : listening now in almost complete darkness to the omnipotent sound of the wind, the rain on the roof - and in the far away distance ( don't forget - I was only a kid at the time ) my mother's voice, almost certainly praising The Lord. What I remember most about her voice was when she finished a song - in one long last vibrating breath... 

 Today ( 50 years later - 2012 ) you will find elements as mentioned above in all my art : distant, almost alienated voices - the omnipotent sound of the softly howling wind ; waves of Nostalgia, and waves of Melancholy. Most of all you will find these elements in Seelenruhe. It feels like a homecoming, and yes... some desolation involved...

Song- and soundsources range from distorted keyboards/pianos, fieldrecordings and the wind itself to actually anything.

Influences : Thomas Köner, Mathias Grassow, Robert Henke, mnortham, Brian Eno, Harold Budd, Vidna Obmana, Francisco Lopez, Lustmord and ( as always ) a lot of totally obscure underground

As I don't believe in reincarnation I work on a lot of projects simultaneously - here they are...
Gunnthrain - ( Dark ) ambientesque otherwordly surreal experimental atmospheric psychedelic post-rocky and / or neo-folky aural experiences. Gunnthrain's influences range from Joy Division to Biosphere, from Velvet Underground to Cocteau Twins, from Nick Cave to Brian Eno, from Underworld to Mathias Grassow, from Erik Satie to Thomas Köner, from Harold Budd to Pink Floyd, and all over again.

Ecce Homo Pietoso - Ecce Homo Pietoso disintegrates then rebuilds ( most of the time ) human voice material only and is greatly inspired by the work of the Anglo-Irish painter Francis Bacon ( 1909-1992 ). His art is famous for its often bold, grotesque and nightmarish imagery. May I add: compassion...? Compassion for humanity...?

He Who Speaks In Silence - When I was a young kid I used to sit a lot at the side of the road in front of our farm - silence can be really overwhelming.

The Johannes Breeuwsma Museum - A few acoustic pictures taken from a troubled life, and more.

Nachtwyn - As you can hear my most favorite sound in the world is that of a softly rumbling/howling wind - be ready for it.
WARNING - ( This audio has been set to private - by the artist - due to copyrights, and is only visible by invitation. Sorry for that )
Shadows Of Forgotten Ancestors may not sound like your usual cup of tea. The project is all about recycling songs from the late 40's, the 50's and the 60's using the theory of granular synthesis.

Starting May 2013 / Vanaf mei 2013 -

The Ports Of Amsterdam ( Fieldrecordings ) - In the year 1984, carrying with me an old and borrowed Uher 4400, I spent several lonely nights in the Western and Eastern Amsterdam harbors to do... fieldrecordings... Scattered around me lay ruins - ruins of once thriving harbors, ruins of once thriving factories, ruins of trains (!), ruins of cranes, ruins overall. There was the distant smell of the past, the reality of the present - and in the architect's drawing a glimpse of the ( nearby ) future. 

< Yours sincerely : Johannes Breeuwsma aka Zu Dir >