Real Name:
Isao Tomita (冨田勲 - Tomita Isao)
Japanese composer, arranger and synthesizer player. Born in Tokyo in April 22, 1932. Died May 5, 2016, Tokyo, Japan.
He wrote the theme music used by the Japanese gymnastics team in the 1956 Olympics. He has written the background music for "The Life Of The Flower (1960), "The Heaven And The Earth" (1969), "The new Tale Of Heike" (1972) and "Kaishu Katsu" (1974). In 1973 Tomita established "Plasma Music".


Tomita - ジャングル大帝 ~子供のための交響詩 album art Tomita ジャングル大帝 ~子供のための交響詩 (Album) Columbia Japan 1966 Sell This Version
SOLL-4 Tomita - Switched On Hit & Rock album art 富田勲* Switched On Hit & Rock(LP, Album, Quad, SQ) CBS/Sony SOLL-4 Japan 1972 Sell This Version
Tomita - 駅 最後の421列車 album art 石坂浩二*, 富田勲* 石坂浩二*, 富田勲* - 駅 最後の421列車 Warner Bros. Records Japan 1972 Sell This Version
Tomita - Clair De Lune album art Tomita Clair De Lune (Album, Comp) RCA Red Seal UK 1974 Sell This Version
Tomita - Catastrophe 1999 album art 冨田 勲* Catastrophe 1999 (Album) Toho Records Japan 1974 Sell This Version
ARL-1-0488 Tomita - Clair De Lune album art Tomita, Debussy* Tomita, Debussy* - Clair De Lune(LP, Album, Dyn) RCA Red Seal ARL-1-0488 Israel 1974 Sell This Version
Tomita - Pictures At An Exhibition album art Tomita Pictures At An Exhibition (Album) RCA Red Seal Spain 1975 Sell This Version
Tomita - Firebird album art Tomita Firebird (Album) RCA, RCA Japan 1975 Sell This Version
Tomita - The Planets album art Tomita The Planets (Album) RCA Red Seal UK 1976 Sell This Version
CN 2552/SQ Tomita - Stereo Pop Special-121 album art Tomita Stereo Pop Special-121(LP, Quad, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 2552/SQ UK 1976 Sell This Version
ARL1-1919 Tomita - The Planets album art Tomita The Planets(LP, Album) RCA Red Seal ARL1-1919 US 1976 Sell This Version
Tomita - Sound Creature album art Tomita Sound Creature RCA Red Seal Japan 1977 Sell This Version
Tomita - ジャングル大帝 ヒット・パレード album art 冨田勲* ジャングル大帝 ヒット・パレード (Album) Columbia Japan 1978 Sell This Version
Tomita - The Bermuda Triangle album art Tomita The Bermuda Triangle (Album) RCA Japan 1978 Sell This Version
Tomita - Kosmos album art Isao Tomita* Kosmos (Album) RCA Germany 1977 Sell This Version
SKK(H)-2123 Tomita - マイティ・ジャック album art 富田勲* マイティ・ジャック(LP, Album) King Records SKK(H)-2123 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
CS-7083 Tomita - リボンの騎士  album art Tomita リボンの騎士 (LP) Columbia CS-7083 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
Tomita - Daphnis Et Chloé album art Tomita Daphnis Et Chloé (Album) RCA Japan 1979 Sell This Version
SKD(H)2006M Tomita - キャプテン・ウルトラ album art 富田勲* キャプテン・ウルトラ(LP, Album, Mono) King Records SKD(H)2006M Japan 1979 Sell This Version
CS-7140 Tomita - どろろ ドラマ編 album art 冨田勲* どろろ ドラマ編(LP, Album) Columbia CS-7140 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
Tomita - Grand Canyon album art Isao Tomita* & The Plasma Symphony Orchestra Isao Tomita* & The Plasma Symphony Orchestra - Grand Canyon (Album) RCA Red Seal Spain 1982 Sell This Version
Tomita - Dawn Chorus album art Tomita Dawn Chorus (Album) RCA Japan 1984 Sell This Version
Tomita - マイティジャック = Mighty Jack album art 冨田 勲*宮内国郎* 冨田 勲*宮内国郎* - マイティジャック = Mighty Jack (Album) Columbia Japan 1984 Sell This Version
Tomita - Live At Linz, 1984 (The Mind Of The Universe) album art Tomita Live At Linz, 1984 (The Mind Of The Universe) (Album) RCA, RCA Red Seal Japan 1985 Sell This Version
K23G-7260 Tomita - キャプテンウルトラ album art 富田勲* キャプテンウルトラ(LP, Album, Mono) Starchild K23G-7260 Japan 1985 Sell This Version

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August 4, 2017
A greeting to the entire Tomita fan community.

My name is Edgar and I am from Mexico City. I write this message to request any help in the search of the name, album or any other information regarding an ultra rare musical work of Isao Tomita that I have searched without success for about 20 years.

If there were any interested in listening to the musical work and would like to help me know something about it, please answer this message and I will contact you soon.

Thank you all and rest in peace the great Tomita.


May 13, 2016
2016 is too much. rest in peace, Tomita. thank you for the gift of your music.. :(


May 8, 2016
Its now been confirmed that Tomita passed away on May 5th. Terrible news. A big pioneer of electronic music has left us. RIP x


June 26, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
The greatest electronic master of all time. The period of 1974-1981 is the most recommended: grandioso, unique, versatile, exceptionally charactheristic. Collectors watch out: I have many of his early releases which is not yet credited here on Discogs! The following stuff waits to be installed yet:

Mighty Jack CD, LP,
Captain Ultra double LP/CD,
School - Gakkoh (1993 Japan CD only),
First emperor,
Tomita on HNK with mixing console cover,
Symphony Ihatov Coxo - 1974,
Shin-Nihon-Kikou BMG-Victor Japan 1994,
1999 Catastrophy Ultrarare stereo version of this 1974 OST (featuring the Moog),
Fear Theathre or unbalance... I don't understand the title of this top scarce Japan-only CD,
and I have a CD with 3 tracks. The 3. is made electronically by Tomita. Original, nowhere else.The title is: The blooming planet.


July 18, 2005
edited over 14 years ago
In my opinion, Tomita is the Moog pioneer, not Walter/Wendy Carlos. Carlos maybe more popular, but I think Tomita gave his recordings a more human feeling with a touch of humour. His warm string sounds are far better than Carlos' plinky staccato pulses.
If you're going to buy any of his work, I would start with Pictures At An Exhibtion, one of his best albums and buy Different Dimensions, a brilliant compliation spanning his career from Snowflakes Are Dancing up to Dawn Chorus.


March 16, 2003
Here is the right place to put a short biography of this great musician which is taken from the back of his awesome LP "The Newest Sound Of Debussy":

Isao Tomita was born in Tokyo in 1932. He studied art history at Keio University in Tokyo and pursued his interest in music and electronics with private teachers. While still a student he submitted a composition called "Wind Mills" to the Japan Federation of Choral Organizations to be used by contestants in a choral competition, and it was accepted. This led to requests for other compositions. He wrote the theme music used by the Japanese gymnastics team in the 1956 Olympics and then turned to films and television, particularly the latter. He has written the background music for such year-long NHK series as "The Life Of The Flower" (1960), "The Heaven And The Earth" (1969), "The New Tale Of Heike" (1972) and "Kaishu Katsu" (1974), and for his contribution to the industry Tomita was awarded the prestigious Television Grand Prix for 1973. He has also composed music for TV cartoon projects, including "The KIng Of The Jungle", which was shown on NBC under the title "White Lion"; this music was later incorporated into a tone poem, which was performed by the Japan Philharmonic. For Expo '70 he provided the music for the Toshiba hall, and he has been commissioned to compose the music for the Japanese government hall at the 1975 Okinawa Marine Expo. In 1973 Tomita established Plasma Music, which is dedicated to the creation of music by electronic means. Other members of the group include Kinji Kitashoji, who 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.


August 31, 2002
One of the pioneers of electronic music. Most of his recordings are electronic interpretations of music by classical composers. He was originally inspired by Switched-On-Bach creator Walter Carlos, and produced his first album in 1974, Snowflakes are Dancing, featuring music by Claude Debussy.

His album notes typically included impressive equipment lists, including the massive Roland System 700 synthesizer, and numerous Moog modular synthesizer systems such as the IIIp and System 35.

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'.

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