Iona Fortune is a resident DJ at Glasgow’s cold-wave and minimal synth night So Low. In the last couple of years she has also developed a sound of her own that blends electronics with traditional Chinese instruments and takes a heavy influence from Eastern philosophy. Fortune plays live (supporting Blanck Mass) at Glasgow’s CCA tomorrow, ahead of which we asked her to talk us through the five tracks she can’t stop listening to right now.
Midori Takada & Mkwaju Ensemble — Lemore
The week before last Midori Takada came to Glasgow as part of Counterflows festival, and this show was the jewel in its crown for me. It was held in the beautiful Glasgow University Chapel, and having performed there myself a few months back I was very excited to hear Midori play in such an acoustically brilliant venue. Un-amplified, playing a combination of chiming bells, drums and marimba, she blew me away. The speed at which she played the marimba was jaw-dropping.
Jorge Reyes — Plight
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Fourth World music is enjoying a bit of a renaissance at the moment, and riding the crest of that wave is the sublime Miracle Steps (Music From the Fourth World 1983-2017) album compiled by Optimo’s JD Twitch and 12th Isle’s Fergus Clark. This track kicks the compilation off. Recorded in one take live on Dutch radio, it is a beautiful, soaring piece of music I have had on repeat of late.
Geinoh Yamashirogumi — Teinshou
I came across this last year not long after returning from Japan. Geinoh Yamashirogumi are maybe best known for creating the soundtrack to Akira, and Ecophony Rinne, the album this is taken from, shows how they got there. It is a fusion of traditional instruments with synthetic machine sounds, and a bit of home-brew programming too, along with the sonorous accompaniment of a hundredfold choir
Pauline Oliveros — Lear
Recorded 14 feet underground in a massive cistern with a 45-second reverb, this is transcendental sonic meditation of the highest order. Deep Listening is the name of the album but it is also a whole philosophy, a band and an institute in New York state. It can best be described as “an aesthetic based upon principles of improvisation, electronic music, ritual, teaching and meditation”. She sadly passed away at the end of last year, but Pauline Oliveros remains an inspiration
Haruomi Hosono — Tsukiyomi
My debut album Tao of I is close to coming out. I sent it out to a few friends, some on the dark web, one of whom suggested the final track B reminded him of a Hosono track. This led me to the beautiful Tale of Genji album, and the wonderful Tsukiyomi, a mix of the electronic and the traditional, synths and koto. Whilst I use the not-dissimilar guzheng zither on my track, I was flattered to be put anywhere near the same league as Hosono, so thank you for that Oldgum90! (Information on this track and album can be found here)
Iona Fortune supports Blanck Mass this Friday, April 21 at the CCA in Glasgow, and her debut album, Tao of I, will be released in late May on Optimo Music. Nadine McBay's feature on Blanck Mass is here