Daily Archives: October 19, 2014

Japanese electronic pioneer continues to infiltrate my subconscious, years after hearing the albums for the first time



Isao Tomita is a legend. He’s a pioneer. He stands alongside other such visionaries as Vangelis, Wendy Carlos, Jean Michel Jarre, Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream. Tomita’s work helped push the boundaries of what could be achieved with analog synths. Even now 40 years after their initial releases his albums still sound fresh and exciting.



As with a log of early electronic pioneers he recorded classical music on synths. Snowflakes are Dancing, his 1974 take on Debussy’s tone paintings is one of his more powerful and engaging works. With Snowflakes are Dancing he push the boundaries of classical, avant-garde, ambient, electronic synth pop. The sounds he created are luscious, but warming. The tones envelope you put you in a bubble.



As this is the day of rest (if you believe in such things) I am starting my day by having a nice cup of tea and listening to this wonderful album. The sky is blue, there is the promise of a lovely carvery later in the afternoon and work seems a long way off (even though it’s about 24 hours away)…



Isao Tomita – Grand Canyon Suite: Clair de Lune, No. 3



October 2014