He wrote the theme music used by the Japanese gymnastics team in the Olympics and then turned to films and television, particularly the latter. For Expo '70 he provided the music for the Toshiba Lethal Droids - Various - The Rave Master Vol. 2 Live At Pont Aeri, and he has been commissioned to compose the music for the Japanese government hall at the Okinawa Marine Expo.
In Tomita established Plasma Music, which is dedicated to the creation of music by electronic means. Other members of the group include Kinji Kitashoji, Finished Version - Tomita - Sound Creature specializes in rock music, and Mitsuo Miyamoto, who specializes in mood music.
Among the projects being planned are a piano-synthesizer concerto; "The Prince Of Stars", an original piece being composed by Tomita as a fantasy based on a synthesizer, and "Orchestral Prayer", for the Ohara Sanzenin Temple in Kyoto, which would utilize traditional Japaniese instruments coupled with sythesizers. Reply Notify me 1 Helpful. One of the pioneers of electronic music. Most of his recordings are electronic interpretations of music by classical composers.
His album notes typically included impressive equipment lists, including the massive Roland System synthesizer, and numerous Moog modular synthesizer systems such as the IIIp and System Tomita is still active to this day, producing mainly classical music for events, films, and TV. His spectacular 'Sound Cloud' performances, where he is usually supsended in a pyramid above the audience, have been performed many times over the years around the world and feature music from all his past releases.
As an intersting aside, for those of you that grew up in the 60's and 70's, Tomita was also the composer of the background music for the classic anime TV series 'Kimba the White Lion'. Favorite Artists by 11able. Artists by Ganten7.
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Tomita then started arranging Claude Debussy 's impressionist pieces for synthesizer and, inreleased the album Snowflakes Are Dancing ; it became a worldwide success and was responsible for popularizing several aspects of synthesizer programming.
It was the top-selling classical music album for that year. The album's contents included ambiencerealistic string simulations, an early attempt to synthesize Medley: - The Big Ben Banjo Band With The Mike Sammes Singers* - Sing-A-Long Party Hits sound of a symphony orchestrawhistles, and abstract bell-like sounds, as well as a number of processing effects including reverberationphase shiftingflangingand ring modulation.
Quadrophonic versions of the album provided a spatial audio effect using four speakers. Tomita created the album's polyphony as Carlos had done before him, with the use of multitrack recordingrecording each voice of a piece one at a time, on a separate tape track, and then mixing the result to stereo or quad.
It took 14 months to produce the album. In his early albums, Tomita also made effective use of analog music sequencerswhich he used for repeated pitch, filter or effects changes. Holst: The Planets introduced a science fiction " space theme ". While working on his classical synthesizer albums, Tomita also composed numerous scores for Japanese television and films, Finished Version - Tomita - Sound Creature the Zatoichi television series, two Zatoichi feature films, the Oshi Samurai Mute Samurai television series and the Toho science fiction disaster film, CatastropheThe Prophesies of Nostradamus U.
The latter blends synthesizer performances with pop-rock and orchestral Finished Version - Tomita - Sound Creature. It and a few other partial and complete scores of the period have been released on LP and later CD over the years in Japan. While not bootlegs, at least some of these releases were issued by film and television production companies without Tomita's artistic approval. InTomita released Canon of the Three Starswhich featured classical pieces renamed for astronomical objects.
For example, the title piece is his version of Pachelbel's Canon in D Major. He credits himself with "The Plasma Symphony Orchestra", which was a computer synthesizer process using the wave forms of electromagnetic emanations from various stars and constellations for the sonic textures of this album. Tomita performed a number of outdoor "Sound Cloud" concerts, with speakers surrounding the audience in a "cloud of sound". He gave a big concert in at the annual contemporary music Ars Electronica festival in LinzAustria called Mind of the Universemixing Finished Version - Tomita - Sound Creature live in a glass pyramid suspended over an audience of 80, people.
He performed another concert in New York two years later to celebrate the Statue of Liberty centennial Back to the Earth as well as one in Sydney in for Australia's bicentennial. A fleet of barges with Japanese cultural performances, including kabuki fire drumming, passed by at various times. In the late s, he composed Finished Version - Tomita - Sound Creature symphonic fantasy for orchestra and synthesizer titled The Tale of Genjiinspired by the eponymous old Japanese story.
It was performed by symphony orchestras in Tokyo, Los Angeles, and London. A live concert CD version was released in followed by a studio version in The Japanese CD opens with the title track which makes sense as to the title of the album but more importantly starts with sounds of the dawn, the U. Sort of a mute point now since the U. The Japanese track sequence gives the listener much more of a Tomita experience.
For the most part Tomita seems to be remixing his released tracks. Some new pieces are included, often with live soloists in this color belowI've matched the names of the same pieces even if the same piece has a different name. I felt dissapointed by the long and artistically dissapointing version of The Fantastic 5 Intro - Cold Crush Brothers / Fantastic Romantic 5* - Cold Crush Brothers Vs.
Fantas 9th using synths and live orchestra. I'd take Carlos' Clockwork Orange version any day. Thinking about I think Finished Version - Tomita - Sound Creature comes to it leaning toward a sort of pop influenced feeling, nothing interesting is being done with the piece. Tomita is said to have played the lead melody in the Firebird finale live, the rest was tape with several guest soloists.
One can hear an openning excerpt of Rite of Spring on this album. While not his most amazing interpretation it's facinating none the less. The piece Blast Off contains sound effects material from The Planets with some vocoding. It acts as more or less a bridge rather than Finished Version - Tomita - Sound Creature stand alone piece.
I've come up with a theory that a notable difference between the Japanese and U. I doubt they were an issue in Japan but Finished Version - Tomita - Sound Creature the version eventually released in Japan was originally prepared for Europe where "The Planets" faced legal problems in the 70s.
The released Japanese version also contains a German language spoken introduction. This wouldn't be much appreciated in the U. Japanese listeners might also appreciate it not for the specific language but that it was such a major show in Europe and the announcer sort of helps document the grand scope of the event. I was there and Tomita signed my program. I and one other person knew what he looked like.
Some new material, some of which was done by his collaborators many of the pieces have an acoustic soloist. He had surround sound and the performers were on boats that floated by.
Tomita was in his Casio Pyramid hoisted high above the river by a crane. Unlike Linz, he doesn't seem to have played the Finished Version - Tomita - Sound Creature live-- as far as I know all the synth was on tape with the soloists performing along live.
It was free so Finished Version - Tomita - Sound Creature Park was packed solid with audience. It coincided with the Statue of Liberty Centennial year, I came there about 3 hours early, chose Finished Version - Tomita - Sound Creature great wall to sit on only to be kicked off so the press could sit on it.
Fortunately I was kicked out early enough to get a front row standing spot. There I spotted Tomita and greeted him. He kindly gave me a signed program. The CD is shorter than the concert. This is a recorded synth orchestration of a light 19th Century opera by Humperdink. The video version once available on VHS or Laser Disc with stereo tracks shows a live stage performance sung in Japanese with sets and costumes.
Tomita's music is apparently played back from tape with the live singing being added onstage. You do not see Tomita or anyone perform on instruments, the video focuses on capturing the sung performance. Tomita creates a blend of orchestral sounding synths and samplers with occasionally more Finished Version - Tomita - Sound Creature electronic highlights.
This one is not quite part of the main body of classical synth albums. It has a South American theme to it. The album showcases Kodo, a famous drum ensemble.
Which means Tomita plays a supporting role though he plays on and composes the tracks - other than one by Edmund Portena Zaldivar and Bachianas Brasileiras No. Some musicians from Peru also perform on ethnic instruments. The first new album in many years in the U. This album appears to still Finished Version - Tomita - Sound Creature available internationally and is usually found filed under "Kodo" in the world music section rather than "Tomita".
Tomita uses more analog synths than he has in years. No rare tracks, this was obviously sent out in the U. Buy the real albums already! Apparently Syncopated Clock was only available on CD on these best ofs before The Star Wars theme is remixed on some of these remixes. The transitions between tracks are often altered also. The tracks have new space inspired names.
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