Iona Fortune is a composer and producer from Glasgow and presents the “Tao of I” album as her debut release.
Inspired by Eastern Philosophy and slated to be the first in an 8 album series exploring all the symbols of the I Ching, her music is influenced by oriental sounds and features a palette of instruments that includes the Guzheng, Gamelan and EMS Synthi AKS.
The overall effect is a singular and beguiling sound that very loosely fits in with the Fourth World concept imagined by Jon Hassell, and indeed Iona Fortune has also contributed a track to Optimo Music’s recent Fourth World compilation “Miracle Steps”.
The initial vinyl edition will come on a white pressing with inside sleeve and original artwork by Iona Fortune.
14 exercises in a quiet, intimate sort of mysticism. The mind seems to rise effortlessly above the body and, without abandoning its protective shell, travel vast distances. There are no cities in this vision, no paved roads, hardly even a sign of human life, only ancient, unspoiled land. TigerTorakio
This is a great album, pure minimal sequencing, devoid of pads, melodies, or percussion. The final track is just gorgeous.
But I cannot hear anything new here - early Steve Roach and Ashra albums have similar quirky minimal pieces.
The all too snappy envelopes in the first and last piece are a bit unnerving. hellmuth schomberg