Tomita R.I.P.

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  1. lhallam

    lhallam Member

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    One day during the 80's while eating lunch in Battery Park NYC I saw them setting up sound equipment on barges on the water. I came back that night and was thrilled to witness a free live Tomita concert with fireworks timed to the music. Great show. Thank-you Tomita san.

    http://pitchfork.com/news/65344-isao-tomita-has-died/
     
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  2. Glass Onion

    Glass Onion Toneful truth seeker. Gold Supporting Member

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    Awe man I loved Planets narrated by Patrick Stewart with Tomita's sound track background.
     
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    I wish I would have seen that performance. I loved Tomita, wore out those records as a teenager in 70's. He left us with some beautiful music.
     
  4. Tommy Biggs

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    He was a visionary with a lot of talent.
    I still listen to Firebird.
    RIP.
     
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  5. Terry Hayes

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    RIP. "Snowflakes Are Dancing" was my favorite.
     
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    First I ever hear of him, but it's a good discovery. Wish it were in other circumstances. RIP.
     
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    his Pictures at an Exhibition was a blast. One section sounded like baby chicks playing the melody.
     
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    Yeah at one time he was the king of stoner electronic music. Sorry to see him go!
     
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    I remember my elementary school music teacher played Tomita and Wendy Carlos for us during the one day we spent learning about 20th century electronic music. His music creeped me out, but I was only 8 or 9 years old so I didn't bother to look him up again until college. Awesome stuff.
     
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  10. 71strat

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    BUMMER !

    I Love Tomita.

    To me he was the Jimi Hendrix of the Synth.

    Hes also Jordan Rudess' favorite player.

    IMHO the Biggest Musical Loss this Year.
     
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    Pictures at an Exhibition and Firebird were my favorites - way cool interpretations. Didn't know he was still around! Well, I guess now he's not. :(
     
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  13. Tommy Biggs

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    Just pulled out Firebird - "Berceuse and Finale" is pretty spectacular.

    I tried to find a Youtube clip for all y'all, but no soap.

    Check it out if you get a chance...
     
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    I remember when Snowflakes are Dancing was released and they used to play it on the underground FM station I listened to. I love that album.
     
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    wilblee Hack sans shame Gold Supporting Member

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    I was just listening to Snowflakes... and thinking how well it has held up.

    RIP - and thank you.
     
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    Excellent statement. It's easy to take for granted all the work that went into making those sounds and effects when all of it has since been copied, digitized and included as stock tones on most modern synths. Even by the time I heard this in elementary school (mid 90's) most of those classic synth tones were commonplace and it wasn't until I became a musician, learned about sound synthesis, and bought my first analog mono synth did I really begin to appreciate those early synth pioneers. Tomita, Wendy Carlos, Morton Subotnick, Terry Riley, Karlheinz Stockhausen etc, all those folks occupy a really unique pivot point in the history of music.
     
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  17. Fred Farkus

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    Re. Snowflakes are Dancing: I think it is amazing how it has held up. There's a lot of synth sounds/music from the early days that sound gimmicky or dated these days. I kind of laugh when I hear string synthesizer now, for example. Not that it sounds so bad but it just *really* marks an era, for me.

    But Tomita et al were on a different level. They put a lot of effort into the details of sound synthesis, as much as the performance. He wasn't just dialing up presets, he was sculpting the sound from the ground up, starting with simple waveforms. The attention paid produced something that, to me, was very timeless.
     
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  18. billyguitar

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    Absolutely! My introduction to the beauty of Debussy. Still one of my all time favorites.
     
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