Isao Tomita, Japanese musician and composer, Died at 84

  Music, Writers

Isao Tomita was born on April 22, 1932, and died on May 5, 2016.

Also known simply as Tomita.

Isao was a Japanese music composer, regarded as one of the pioneers of electronic music and space music, and as one of the most famous producers of analog synthesizer arrangements.

Along with creating note-by-note realizations, Isao Tomita made extensive use of the sound design capabilities of his instrument, using synthesizers to create new sounds to accompany and enhance his electronic realizations of acoustic instruments.

Tomita also made powerful use of analog music sequencers and the Mellotron and featured futuristic science fiction themes, while laying the foundations for synth-pop music and trance-like rhythms.

Various selection from his albums are electronic versions and adaptations of famous classical music pieces and he received four Grammy Award nominations for his 1974 album Snowflakes Are Dancing.

During 2001, he worked with Walt Disney Company to compose the background atmosphere music for the AquaSphere entrance at the Tokyo DisneySea theme park outside Tokyo

Mr. Tomita was the winner of the 2003 Japanese Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music.

Isao Tomita passed away at 84 yrs old.