Tomita

Tomita

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Isao Tomita (冨田勲 - Tomita Isao)
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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".
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Tomita Discography

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ELS 3044 Tomita ジャングル大帝 ~子供のための交響詩(LP, Album) Columbia ELS 3044 Japan 1966 Sell This Version
SOLL-4 富田勲* Switched On Hit & Rock(LP, Album) CBS/Sony SOLL-4 Japan 1972 Sell This Version
ARL1-0488 Tomita, Debussy* Tomita, Debussy* - Snowflakes Are Dancing (Album) RCA Red Seal ARL1-0488 UK 1974 Sell This Version
AX-8012 冨田 勲* Catastrophe 1999 (Album) Toho Records AX-8012 Japan 1974 Sell This Version
ARL1-0838 Tomita Pictures At An Exhibition (Album) RCA Red Seal ARL1-0838 Spain 1975 Sell This Version
RVC-2001 Tomita Firebird (Album) RCA, RCA RVC-2001 Japan 1975 Sell This Version
ARL1-1919 Tomita The Planets (Album) RCA Red Seal ARL1-1919 US 1976 Sell This Version
CR-10008 Tomita Tomita's World(LP) RCA Red Seal CR-10008 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
RVC-7564~65 Tomita Sound Creature(2xLP) RCA Red Seal RVC-7564~65 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
CS-7054 冨田勲* ヒット・パレード / ジャングル大帝 (Album) Columbia CS-7054 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
RVC-2222 Tomita The Bermuda Triangle (Album) RCA RVC-2222 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
DL 28220 (36.21290) PL 42652 Isao Tomita* Kosmos (Album) RCA DL 28220 (36.21290) PL 42652 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
SKK(H)-2123 富田勲* マイティ・ジャック(LP, Album) King Records SKK(H)-2123 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
RL13412 Tomita Daphnis Et Chloé (Album) RCA RL13412 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
SKD(H)2006M 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 冨田勲* どろろ ドラマ編(LP, Album) Columbia CS-7140 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
ARL1-4317 Isao Tomita* And The Plasma Symphony Orchestra Isao Tomita* And The Plasma Symphony Orchestra - Grand Canyon (Album) RCA Red Seal ARL1-4317 US 1981 Sell This Version
MRS-1208 Tomita Dawn Chorus (Album) RCA MRS-1208 Mexico 1984 Sell This Version
RCL-8418 Tomita Live At Linz, 1984 (The Mind Of The Universe) (Album) RCA, RCA Red Seal RCL-8418 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
K23G-7260 富田勲* キャプテンウルトラ(LP, Album, Mono) Starchild K23G-7260 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
K23G-7252 冨田 勲* / 渡辺岳夫* 冨田 勲* / 渡辺岳夫* - マイティジャック (SF 特撮 TV 音楽全集)(LP, Album) Starchild K23G-7252 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
RL87717 Tomita Live In New York - Back To The Earth (Album) RCA Victor RL87717 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
BVCF-2514 Tomita Storm From The East(CD) BMG Victor Inc. BVCF-2514 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
SRCL 3103, WK 67206 Kodō With Isao Tomita* Kodō With Isao Tomita* - Nasca Fantasy Sony Records, TriStar Music SRCL 3103, WK 67206 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
BVCF-1525 冨田勲* 新日本紀行 [冨田勲の音楽](CD) BMG Victor Inc., RCA BVCF-1525 Japan 1994 Sell This Version

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bxs

bxs

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

supwrman

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
ttooyyss

ttooyyss

June 26, 2013
edited about 1 year 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.
futureimage

futureimage

July 18, 2005
edited over 11 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.
eiskristall

eiskristall

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.
lancel

lancel

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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