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This is the third Tomita posting on this website, so I think it’s safe to say that I’m a big fan of his work. His primitive analog exudes a very primal aura. It’s as if he’s torturing circuits to get the sound he wants. Not run of the mill circuits, mind you, that harvest AC and DC in the fields for a living. No, he’s kidnapped gifted mezzo-soprano diodes from belly of a Sansui G-33000 Monster Receiver to whip and waterboard into fulfilling his deviant intent.

Alistair Tibbins: Tomita’s Circuit Slave Trader

But as much as I love Tomita’s music it could be said that his album artwork rivals the songs in artistic merit. Take a good long look at the album cover above. True beauty and honesty: man flesh peeling away to expose robot thoughts and emotion. I think this may be the first time that the anatomy of a Japanese was accurately diagrammed. Until 1979 the scientific community was under the assumption that Japanese people were composed of warm flesh from surface to core. Tomita must have felt it was his duty to bring the truth to light and shed the shame of centuries past. What a burden it must have been for Isao Tomita to expose his magnesium manbits, and in effect the wiry privates of all Japanese citizens, to the entire world and end cyborg discrimination.

Almost as much as a burden as trying to understand why someone would set Tomita’s “Star Wars Theme” to photographs of Tubby comic book covers.

So, take your mind off of the bulbous animations of Tubby with a collection of album covers help compose Greatest Hits (with a few others as well).


Click here to download the Tomita’s Greatest Hits


Here’s two other Tomita albums for download on Rebuilt Tranny Records:

Pictures At An Exhibition

The Tomita Planets

Bonus Vids:


A1 “Star Wars” Main Title 3:04
A2 Clair De Lune (Suite Bergamasque, No. 3) 5:48
A3 Close Encounters Of The Third Kind 2:21
A4 Golliwog’s Cakewalk (Children’s Corner, No. 6) 2:50
A5 The Planets: Mars, The Bringer Of War 7:44
B1 Space Fantasy 1:58
B2 Hora Staccato 3:29
B3 Symphony No. 5: 2nd Movement (Allegro Marcato) 5:14
B4 Firebird Suite: Infernal Dance Of King Kastchei 4:08
B5 Pictures At An Exhibition: Great Gate Of Kiev 6:14

First off, I want to say thanks to Jeremy and Yoshiko for translating the album name and track titles for the site. If it hadn’t been for those two love birds this post would have been labeled “Japanese Spaghetti Dinner”. The Koto and Shamisen, mixed with an accordion on the first track, evoked images of Yakuza and Mafiosos caught in a mortal struggle for the last piece of garlic bread during an ill-conceived dinner date.

According to Yoshiko the title of this album has a double meaning. “Ruten directly translated means “never ending change,” or something of that nature. In this case, though, it probably means a wandering musician who doesn’t have a particular destination.” Pretty nifty.

The rest of the album cover, mainly the track descriptions, uses pretty antiquated Japanese wordage and wasn’t translated. Maybe you happen to know early 21st century formal Japanese script really well and want to take a look. You can peep them here:



Koto Musicians

Sachiko Tanaka

Shigeru Kubo

Shamisen Musicians

Sadano Jyou

Jyou Ji

>>>Click here to download Ruten


1. Ruten

2. Street Corner In Shanghai

3. 13th Night Of Lunar Month

4. The Moon In Otone

5. Parting Vessel

6. News From Shanghai

7. Little Song Of Nozaki

8. Atami Blues

9. Green Horizon

10. Manchurian Girl

11. Tokyo Love Story

12. Meiji Woman

***Warimashi! You can also find Holst’s original classical version of The Planets, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult, by clicking here!

Does anyone want to visit outer space anymore? I doubt that anyone could find any allure in sporting a big, airtight body-diaper and leaving the comfy oxygen bubble surrounding Earth. I’m pretty sure that you wouldn’t get any 3G coverage up there. So, you couldn’t even bitch to your friends on Facebook about how totally boring the endless panaroma of our planet, viewed from a freely-floating spacesuit, can really be. Plus, your umbilical cord to the space shuttle totally wouldn’t match your moonboots. Um, so lame.

But I remember, not too long ago in the great scheme, when things were much different. Back in my day, when kids ate coal and shit diamonds, we had this little show called Double Dare. Kids would risk life and limb climbing through metric tons of fake earwax and green gooble-dee-goop to capture little red flags. It was tough work, by George, and many kids lost limbs, important limbs, wading through that synthetic muck. Also, Mark Summers was there but he wasn’t unwrapping the mystery of how Nutter-Butters are made…instead he was turning boys’ nuts into butter on the obstacle course.

So, why oh why did these kids take such sticky risks for such tiny red flags? Two words: SPACE CAMP.

This child abuse was outlawed after Congress passed the Summers Bill in ’89.

That girl at the beginning is having a BLAST in that awkward astroscope. Bad touch, bad touch!

Back in the 80′s, when it wasn’t exploding, the space shuttle was rocking back and forth from the USA to OUTER SPACE. Up and down and round and round it went. Back then we felt the whole thing was just some horribly dangerous and vulgarly expensive workout session for the real deal: Outer Outer Space. You know, past the moon, which we (the good guys) first visited in 1969. It was universally assumed that, sooner or later, Admiral Reagan would tell the boys, “That’s good enough. You’ve trained like true Americans. Now, I want you to aim that big ol’ stick right at Mars and bring back a damn Alien for the Gipper. So let it be written, so let it be done.”

But, somehow, the nation got distracted by all sorts of things…the end of the Cold War, MTV, Tony Danza, Sega Genesis, Melrose Place…beautiful beasts that seeped into our televisions and stole air time from NASA and their team of gee whizzers. And before you knew it we had even more cable channels and we didn’t have to watch the same old boring news clips of that Interatmospheric Baluga’s migration patterns anymore. Soon, no one gave a damn about what bizarre insect mating rituals NASA’s astronauts observed in zero gravity. We were all too busy letting Hollywood give us a tutorial on 21st century virtual reality bonin’.

Eventually, space was out. What’s the point of strapping yourself onto a guided bomb and risking your life when you can experience the same deal at home on your PS3? I mean, subwoofers have gotten pretty good…you can almost feel the second-stage rocket boosters right on your Gucci. And, after all, real space is pretty boring. There aren’t any aliens with plasma rifles. There aren’t any richly detailed story plots with 60+ hours of play time. There aren’t any bulbous spacelady boobs. Well, not that we know of. At least I don’t know about them. If you know of any space boobs, please, Motorola two-way page me.

We have lift off.

Space is just a sad, broken old man on the corner of McMillan and Vine. Someone told you that he used to be the head train conductor for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad when it ran out of Union Terminal. That may be true, but all you know is that he smells like piss and Wild Irish Rose. And pistachios…is it pistachios? No, I think it’s pecans.

Let’s take a trip back for second to when this man had his suit pressed on a weekly basis. Back to when you could set your watch to the crease in his crotch. Back to when the God damn whole world was pulled behind a magnificent silver train, hell bent on reaching the world of tomorrow not a minute too late.

………And when Japanese space electronica was way in.

>>>Click here to download The Tomita Planets at 320 kbps

The videos don’t really do the sound justice but the concept is really cool. I’d like to get my hands on this VHS some day. Just because.

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Here’s two video previews of lighter songs with the full album for download below.  Take a moment to check the vids out (they’re only about a minute apiece.) The longer songs get pretty far out with the composition and effects Tomita uses.  I really can’t get enough of early Moog electronic music…especially pieces with a quirky Japanese twist.

Click here to download Pictures at an Exhibition from vinyl


A1 Promenade 1:30
A2 The Gnome 3:12
A3 Promenade 1:02
A4 The Old Castle 5:18
A5 Promenade 0:34
A6 Tuileries 0:55
A7 Bydlo 3:17
A8 Promenade 1:00
A9 Ballet Of The Chicks In Their Shells 1:05
B1 The Two Jews 3:04
B2 Limoges/ Catacombs 3:56
B3 Cum Mortuis In Lingua Mortua 2:06
B4 Baba Yaga (Hut On Fowls’ Legs) 3:50
B5 Great Gate Of Kiev 6:14

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Plant seeds of Devo, Talking Heads, Nintendo Entertainment System soundtracks, Dire Straights and the Beatles in a cabbage patch at the foot of Mt. Fuji. Fertilize heavily with synthesized voices and ensure exposure to plenty of electronic sunshine. Creepy Japanese mannequins will begin sprouting in 4 to 6 weeks. Harvest after 8 weeks and apply butter as desired.

Click here to download the USA Version of X Multiplies (Re-converted and Improved on 4/5/11)


A1 Nice Age 3:55
Electric Guitar – Kenji Ohmura*
Voice [Spoken Vocal] – Sandi*
Written-By – Chris Mosdell , Yukihiro Takahashi
A2 Behind The Mask 3:35
Written-By – Chris Mosdell , Ryuichi Sakamoto , Yukihiro Takahashi
A3 Rydeen 4:26
Written-By – Yukihiro Takahashi
A4 Day Tripper 2:39
Electric Guitar – Makoto Ayukawa
Written-By – John Lennon-Paul McCartney*
B1 Technopolis 4:15
Written-By – Ryuichi Sakamoto
B2 Multiplies 2:55
Written-By – Yellow Magic Orchestra
B3 Citizens Of Science 4:33
Backing Vocals – Sandi*
Electric Guitar – Kenji Ohmura*
Written-By – Chris Mosdell , Ryuichi Sakamoto
B4 Solid State Survior 3:55
Electric Guitar – Makoto Ayukawa
Written-By – Chris Mosdell , Yukihiro Takahashi