Remembering Isao Tomita, Japanese Synthesizer Pioneer

One of the world's true pioneers of synthesizer music, Isao Tomita, died of heart failure in Tokyo on the 7th March, aged 84. Listen to two of his groundbreaking contributions to synth music here.  

An inspiration to many of the top names in the synth music world of yesterday and today, Tomita was partly responsible for the rise of electronic music in Japan after he bought a customised Moog III synthesizer. In fact, according to his website, “Tomita's instrument was based on the Moog 'C' systems, roughly equivalent to the production IIIP.”

Take a listen to some of his most extraordinary and touching work, like the album “Snowflakes are Dancing” which topped the Billboard charts in 1974. of note is his interpretation of Debussy’s Clair de Lune.

Listen to Clair de Lune:

Listen to Snowflakes are Dancing:

Via: Consequence of Sound

Via: Isao Tomita's website


Rounik is the Executive Editor for Ask.Audio & macProVideo. He's built a crack team of professional musicians and writers to create one of the most visited online resources for news, review, tutorials and interviews for modern musician and producer. As an Apple Certified Trainer for Logic Pro Rounik has taught teachers, professional... Read More


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