Isao Tomita Has Died At The Age Of 84


Synthesist Isao Tomita – best known for a series of albums featuring synthesizer arrangements of classical works – has died at the age of 84.

Tomita (22 April 1932 – 5 May 2016) died of chronic cardiac failure, with family at his bedside.  Continue reading

Interstellar Suite Anniversary Edition Now Available

interstellar-suite-25th-anniversaryTriplet Records has released the silver anniversary edition of The Interstellar Suite – a pioneering work of symphonic electronic music.

The Interstellar Suite 25th Anniversary Edition is available in High Definition 5.1 surround sound as a 96/24 HiRes .flac download at High Res Audio, a high resolution music download service based in Germany. A HiRes stereo .flac version is also available.

The Interstellar Suite, Bhatia’s first album, is an original symphonic composition, orchestrated for synthesizers. Bhatia’s work builds on the work of Tomita and Wendy Carlos, but benefits from a decade of technical advancements from the time of their best-known works. The arrangements are for a ‘synthesizer orchestra’, prominently featuring the Moog Minimoog. The work was sequenced on a Roland MCA500, with only 16 MIDI channels.

You can learn more about the history of The Interstellar Suite, and the details behind its electronic orchestration, in our interview with Amin Bhatia.

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Last Chance On Interstellar Suite Surround Sound Collectors Edition

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Composer & synthesist Amin Bhatia is wrapping up an Indiegogo campaign for the 25th anniversary re-release of his Interstellar Suite.

The Interstellar Suite is a cult favorite for fans of classitronica and symphonic electronica. The Suite was inspired by the arrangements of Wendy Carlos and Isao Tomita, but is an original score.

Bhatia is offering a variety of editions of the release, ranging from a digital binaural version to a DVD version and some collector editions.

The campaign ends Thu Nov 15 at 11:59PM PT. See the Indiegogo site for details.

Isao Tomita To Premier Work With Virtual Singer Miku

Electronic music pioneer Isao Tomita, 80, has announced he will feature a virtual singer Hatsune Miku as the main singer in his upcoming orchestra concert on November 23rd at Tokyo Opera City Hall in Tokyo.

His new piece Ihatov Symphony, which expresses the world of Kenji Miyazawa’s novel, will be performed by Japan Philharmonic Orchestra with a conductor Naoto Otomo. Miku will appear on stage as 3D image and sing and dance in time to music.

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Isao Tomita Interview

Electronic music pioneer Isao Tomita is featured in a new interview with YMO’s Hideki Matsutake.

In the interview, Tomita talks about how he got interested in electronic music and synthesizers, his seminal classitronica albums, Moog modular synths and more.

Tomita notes that he was inspired by what he saw as both the strengths and weaknesses of the classic Walter Carlos album, Switched-On Bach:

In the ’70s, I discovered the Moog synthesizer, and came across Walter Carlos’ album Switched-On Bach. Rock bands like Emerson Lake & Palmer, Pink Floyd and Yes would also use Minimoog in their music later on, but while they merely incorporated the Moog sound into their rock music, Walter Carlos built an entire album around the synthesizer. That idea totally blew my mind.

But the thing is, Bach’s music can be replayed on any instrument, as long as it’s in tune, and I felt that Switched-On Bach’s sound could have been better. If you’re gonna use something like a Moog synthesizer, you have to tweak the tone and put out something incredible.

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