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Isao Tomita (22 April 1932 - 5 May 2016) , often known simply as Tomita, was a Japanese music composer, regarded as one of the pioneers of electronic music and space music, and as one of the most famous producers of analog synthesizer arrangements. 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. He also made effective use of analog music sequencers and the Mellotron and featured futuristic science fiction themes, while laying the foundations for synth-pop music and trance-like rhythms. 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.



Studio albums

  • Switched on Rock (1972) (as Electric Samurai)
  • Snowflakes Are Dancing (1974)
  • Pictures at an Exhibition (1975)
  • Firebird (1976)
  • The Planets (1976)
  • The Bermuda Triangle (1978)
  • Kosmos (1978)
  • Daphnis et Chloé (1979)
  • Bolero (1980)
  • Grand Canyon (1982)
  • Dawn Chorus (1984)
  • Space Walk - Impressions of an Astronaut (1984)
  • Misty Kid of Wind (1989)
  • Storm from the East (1992)
  • Shin Nihon Kikou (1994)
  • Nasca Fantasy (1994) (supporting Kodo)
  • Bach Fantasy (1996)
  • 21 seiki e no densetsushi Shigeo Nagashima (2000)
  • The Planets 2003 (2003)
  • Planet Zero (2011)
  • Symphony Ihatov (2013)
  • Space Fantasy (2015)

Live albums

  • The Mind of the Universe - Live at Linz (1985)
  • Back to the Earth - Live in New York (1988)
  • Hansel und Gretel (1993)
  • The Tale of Genji (1999)

Compilation albums

  • Sound Creature (1977)
  • Greatest Hits (1979)
  • A Voyage Through His Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 (1981)
  • Best of Tomita (1984)
  • Tomita on NHK (2003)
  • Tomita Different Dimensions (1997)


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