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RIP Isao Tomita

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Isao Tomita passed away on the 5th.  He was 84.  If you like videogame music. . .

*crickets*

If you like anime soundtracks. . .

*crickets*

He wrote the soundtracks for numerous anime movies from the 1970s on but more importantly was a pioneer of the synthesiser in Japan much in the way that Wendy Carlos and Laurie Spiegel were pioneers in North America.  He covered many classical pieces on his albums and would in the 1970s get some of his classical albums on the US Billboard classical charts.  He was instructive for many synthesisists including Ryuichi Sakamoto of Yellow Magic Orchestra and establishing the sound pallette of Japan including our beloved greats of Koji Kondo and Nobuo Uematsu.

 

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2016/05/08/music/isao-tomita-japanese-pioneer-of-synthesizer-music-dies-at-84/#.VzIsYNIrJph

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