Sunday, May 08, 2016

RIP Isao Tomita

Isao Tomita When you wish upon a Star

Published on Jan 12, 2015 SEVILLA ANDALUCIA ESPAÑA

This is a tough one to post (ALL RIP posts are tough to post). It has come to my attention that Isao Tomita passed away last Thursday, May 5. He was 84 years old. His music was pure magic as you can see above. That video, and that performance, however brief as it was, is probably my favorite synth performance of all time. It is absolute magic.  I've posted it several times in the past but it always appears to get pulled down, so enjoy this while you can. Hopefully this one will stay up.

Tomita has been featured and referenced in countless posts here on MATRIXSYNTH. He was active in the synth world until the end.  To say he will be missed is an understatement.

You all know who he is and what he meant to the synth community.  I am so going to miss this man. Where you are Tomita-san, thank you for the magic.

Isao Tomita on Wikipedia:

"Isao Tomita (冨田 勲 Tomita Isao?, 22 April 1932 – 5 May 2016)[1], often known simply as Tomita, was a Japanese music composer, regarded as one of the pioneers of electronic music[2][3] and space music,[4] and as one of the most famous producers of analog synthesizer arrangements.[5] In addition to creating note-by-note realizations, Tomita made extensive use of the sound design capabilities of his instrument, using synthesizers to create new sounds to accompany and enhance his electronic realizations of acoustic instruments.[5] He also made effective use of analog music sequencers[2] and the Mellotron and featured futuristic science fiction themes,[3] while laying the foundations for synth-pop music[6] and trance-like rhythms.[7] Many of his albums are electronic versions and adaptations of famous classical music pieces and he received four Grammy Award nominations for his 1974 album Snowflakes Are Dancing.[3]"

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