While studying cultural anthropology at Cornell in the mid-'60s, Iasos began receiving psychic transmissions from a musical muse/imaginary friend named Vista. He gave the name "Paradise Music" to the sounds he was hearing in his head, and set off to California (where else?) after graduation to try to reproduce it. By 1975, he'd fallen in love with the mimetic possibilities of the analog synthesizer, and released the warmly percolating Inter-Dimensional Music Through Iasos, a pioneering opus of the new age genre. With its soothing flutes and sighing bends, "Rainbow Canyon" exemplifies the high resolution, octave-leaping sound that Iasos is still honing to this day; look for it on a forthcoming, double-album retrospective of the first decade of his career called Celestial Soul Portraits, which is out June 18th via Numero Group.
Stream: Iasos, "Rainbow Canyon"