An album called 'Pachelbel's Greatest Hit' was released by RCA Victor (Catalogue Number 60712-2-RG) which contains many different interpretations of Pachelbel's 'Canon', including Tomita's from 'Dawn Chorus'.
Albinoni's 'Adagio' was featured on Sigue Sigue Sputnik's album 'Dress for
Excess' and Tomita got some vague credit for the sample.
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Isao Tomita and the Plasma Symphony OrchestraAt dawn when everyone is fast asleep and everything is still innumerable corpuscles come from faraway stars in the cosmos or from the sun. When they enter the magnetosphere of the earth, the strange music like birds' twittering begins. Astronomers call it "DAWN CHORUS". But it lasts only for a brief moment, and fades out, as the sun rises. As the sound recorded at the Radio Observatory in Hiraiso, Ibaragi Pref., was excellent and audible in the original form, it was used at the beginning of this album without any modifications. This is Tomita's ninth album after two and a half years of silence. Based on popular pieces of Baroque and masterpieces of Villa-Lobos, a great Brazilian composer, this album was made from materials including waves from various stars in the cosmos like light curves supplied with kind cooperation of NASA, Tokyo Astronomical Observatory, Institute of Space & Astronautical Science and Nobeyama Radio Observatory. Listen and enjoy the feeling of spacewalk.
Arrangements by Isao Tomita
Recorded in Japan, 1984
A & R Coordinator: John F. Pfeiffer
Photo: Toshimasa Miura
Art Director: J.J. Stelmach
Cover Effect: The Color Wheel, Inc.
For the sound sources used in orchestrating this record, Mr. Tomita has converted the wave forms of electromagnetic emanations from various stars and constellations into equivalent audio waves. These were then used as indicated below to form the various sounds of the sections in his orchestra. These celestial waveforms were entered into the memory of his computer by which they were manipulated in pitch and intensity and were combined to form the various sonic textures found on this recording.
For their cooperation in preparing the sonic materials he used in creating this recording, Mr. Tomita is indebted to Dr. Masaki Morimoto, an astronomer at the Radio Observatory of Nobeyama; Dr. Tatsuzo Obayashi of the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science and the Radio Observatory in Hiraiso, Ibaragi Pref.; Prof. Jun Jugaku of the Tokyo Astronomical Observatory, and astronomers Dr. Carl Sagan and Dr. Frederic Scarf of the United States.
|Isao Tomita and the Plasma Symphony Orchestra
|Conductor and Arranger
|1st String Section
|String Sections Include Violins, Violas, Cellos and Double Basses
|2nd String Section
|3rd String Section
|SS Cygni and V Hydrae
|RV Tauri and MM Cassiopeiae
|W Virginis and Delta Cepheus
|The Magnetosphere Above the Star Named "Earth"
|Steam Locomotive [White Noise]
|A Proto Star in Orion
|11 Pulses per Second
|Other Various Waves Produced by Intellectual Creatures Living on the Earth of the Solar System of the Galaxy