New age music this side of whale noises

Tomita was born in Tokyo and spent early childhood with his father in China. After returning to Japan, he took private lessons in orchestration and composition while an art history student in Tokyo. He composed the theme music for the Japanese Olympic gymnastics team for the 1956 Summer Olympics in Australia.

In the late 1960s, he turned his attention to electronic music after hearing albums by Wendy Carlos in which Wendy performed classical music with the Moog synthesizer. Isao acquired a Moog III synthesizer and began building his home studio. He started arranging Claude Debussy's pieces for synthesizer and in 1974 the album Snowflakes are Dancing was released; it became a worldwide success. His version of Arabesque #1 is used as the theme to the astronomy TV series Jack Horkheimer's Star Gazer (originally titled Star Hustler) seen on most PBS stations.


Isao Tomita - Arabesque No 1.mp3


Blogger John said...

Wasn't Wendy Carlos still Walter Carlos in the 60s? I can't remember... not like it matters but...

This guy is cool.

7:14 AM, May 18, 2006  

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