"Great stuff indeed! ... The musicianship and playing is top-notch ... Will play in your head long after you finish listening to this album"
--- Artemi Pugachov
Encyclopedia of Electronic Music
Experiences of non-ordinary consciousness can be very important to finding ourselves and discovering the true nature of reality. One of the founders of transpersonal psychotherapy, psychedelic researcher Stanislav Grof MD, with his wife Christina, developed a substance-free method of exploring alternative realities using the combination of musical sound energy and the vehicle of one's own breath. They use the word "holotropic," from the Greek for "moving toward wholeness" to describe their model. With his Breathwork CD, Tescee has composed the soundtrack of his own personal exploration and cataclysmic changes arising from breathwork. The music encompasses a sixty minute micro-journey, sweeping in its scope. While expanding on his musical instinct and melodic sense familiar from his earlier works, Breathwork sets itself apart by inviting more active participation on the part of the listener. After the first track which serves to ground and create the space, an ominous tone of surging and chaotic rhythms evoke the most primitive and unsettling survival energies. This soon resolves into more coherent and powerful themes, as the energy moves up from the Muladhara center, and becomes the infused with motion, passion and excitement. The motion is inevitably upward, moments for the heart intertwined with delights for the mind, mingling with love, and punctuated with splashes of joy. Background music this isn't. Breathwork is a full-immersion experience, custom made for dimming the lights, laying the blankets and pillows out on the floor, turning up the bass and cranking the volume. Where it will take you depends on you.
Ian Tescee (tee' see) composes the electronic music soundtrack of inconceivably grand space-related themes, both inner and outer. In 1982, he released his debut album, Io, as a red-vinyl limited edition LP. Its unique packaging and powerful Electronic Music style quickly garnered critical acclaim and international airplay, the echoes of which continue to this day. For example, a recent 2004 review by on the Encylopedia of Electronic Music website, based in Russia, states:
"Sometimes a recording shows up that just grabs you and doesn't let go. Ian Tescee's Io is exactly this kind of album...I'd like to recommend this classic to all lovers of EM...It's simply a must!"
Tescee's music has proved a favorite for producers of space-themed multimedia, currently providing backdrop for the This Day In Space website www.thisdayinspace.com, and covering ground from in-house productions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where the Voyager mission to Jupiter was controlled, to Andrew Rennie's Spaceshow Documentaries at Southern FM in Australia. Teaming up with nationally-renowned space artists Ron Miller www.black-cat-studios.com and W.K. Hartmann www.psi.edu/hartmann (The Grand Tour -- A Traveler's Guide to the Solar System and others) made the album artwork visually stunning as well.
The music of Ian Tescee is a genre-defying synthesis of the real and the imagined, bringing together electronic and acoustic textures (with a dash of quantum physics and poetry in the mix). In style, he has been favorably compared to Vangelis and Jean Michael Jarre, and was among the first to consolidate early electronic synthesizer and orchestral styles with genuine acoustical instruments. The philosophical underpinnings of his second album, Continua, not only retained his original audience but also resonated with listeners of emerging New Age music, which in its pure beginnings was similarly engaged in altering consciousness through the use of sound. In 1989, he was one of the artists profiled in P.J. Birosik's definitive book, The New Age Music Guide -- Profiles and Recordings of Top New-Age Musicians, which described Ian's music as "The aural equivelant of a zoom lense."
In addition to his own three CDs, Ian has worked on numerous others in a 20-year career as primary engineer and producer at Startsong Recording, Inc. in Colorado, where he was involved in projects ranging from Phil Keaggy's Dove Award-winning CD, Acoustic Sketches to the Heavy-Metal underground classic Ample Destruction by Jag Panzer. His wide-ranging production experience contibutes immensely to the sonic excellence of his recordings, and this eclectic diversity is driving his work on his fourth CD, now taking place in his newly completed next-generation studio, which he has designed and built from the ground up. For the future, expect great music to get even better!