Tomita: Electronic Music’s Godfather

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“Visionary” is an overused word, but is totally  appropriate when talking about Tomita.

Tomita’s technique was pioneering but it was firmly in service to the music. He made unprecedented sonic and interpretive choices for his interpretations of particularly famous pieces of  by 19th century greats– Mussogorsky, Ravel, Debussy, Stravinsky, Holt.  He was a fascinating composer and helped grow the technology of synthesizers into a genre of music.

Some of his pieces are surprisingly hard to find in a shareable format, although it appears his catalog is for sale. There is only a single link for my favorite, Pictures at an Exhibition. It’s artistically rich. It was an utterly novel instrumentation of a classic, with really interesting interpretive choices.

Here’s quite a lot of awesome:

(Nov 18, 2012): Modesto Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition (Isao Tomita)

From the 1975 RCA Red Seal release, Tomita, Pictures at an Exhibition. Tomita’s pioneering electronic work from his Plasma Music made classical compositions seem out of the future — certainly laserium shows of the time seemed to think so. Tomita saw himself following Theremin and Martenot from the late 1920s in using 1970s analogue synthesizers…

Tom Waits For No One

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It’s a little hard for me to imagine but that at one point Tom Waits was 28 and it was 1979  This video was made from a live performance in Hollywood, there was a multicamera shoot, and it was subsequently rotoscoped. John Lamb and Bruce Lyon.  It’s not clear if Lyon and Lamb are pseudonyms.  It won both an Oscar for Scientific and Technical Achievement, and then awesomely, first place in the Hollywood Erotic Film and Video Festival.

It’s pioneering animation.  I love it.

The videos about and the article below are well worth reading.

Tom Waits For No One: Watch the Pioneering Animated Tom Waits Music Video from 1979

Tom Waits For No One, above, is surely the only film in history to have won an Oscar for Scientific and Technical Achievement for its creator and a first place award at the Hollywood Erotic Film and Video Festival. Director John Lamb and his partner, Bruce Lyon also deserve recognition for their taste in source material.

Black Friday Art By Dali

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Corpus Hypercubus, 1954, Dali.

Corpus Hypercubus, 1954, Dali.

This Dali is at the intersection of religion, math, and science. I think his portrayal of Christ without thorns and wounds on a (geometerically accurate) hypercube is his communicating belief  in Christ’s ascendance to  higher dimensions.

As usual there’s Gala. ( My theory is, he did not think her as a wife; he thought of her as a madonna.)

Christ of Saint John of the Cross, 1951, Dali.

Christ of Saint John of the Cross, 1951, Dali.

Dali on this painting:

In the first place, in 1950, I had a ‘cosmic dream’ in which I saw this image in colour and which in my dream represented the ‘nucleus of the atom.’ This nucleus later took on a metaphysical sense; I considered it ‘the very unity of the universe,’ the Christ!”

Christ of Saint John of the Cross, 1951?, Dali.

Christ of Saint John of the Cross, 1951?, Dali.

Dali:  the triangle and circle:

“aesthetically summarized my previous experiments, and I inscribed my Christ in this triangle. The cross forms a triangle symbolizing the Holy Trinity. Christ’s head forms a circle within the triangle meaning that Christ, and the fulfillment of His Father’s will, is the center and meaning of everything in the universe. Christ and His Father’s love for us should be at the center of every person’s life.”

Not Dali:

Cell as Application Platform: Key Event In Human History?

Each cell of JCVI-syn3.0 contains just 473 genes, fewer than any other independent organism.

Each cell of JCVI-syn3.0 contains just 473 genes, fewer than any other independent organism.


Craig Venter / humanity have created the basic technology to industrialize genes. So when they find the weird deep sea critter that extra carbon dioxide and poops water, it’s genes can be CRISPR-ed into this kind of minimized. cell and BAM waste becomes useful.

I think Venter’s work, this science, can also be regarded as art as sculpture. One of the gear artworks in history.

Hopefully this doesn’t get totally or of control and destroy the world.


‘Minimal’ cell raises stakes in race to harness synthetic life

Michael Lewis/Corbis Outline Genomics entrepreneur Craig Venter has created a synthetic cell that contains the smallest genome of any known, independent organism. Functioning with 473 genes, the cell is a milestone in his team’s 20-year quest to reduce life to its bare essentials and, by extension, to design life from scratch.