Isao Tomita

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Isao Tomita was the world-renowned composer of electronic music who famously used the Moog synthesizers to create award winning music that influenced a generation of music makers!  Among his most incredible contributions to music was his use of multitrack recordings to create polyphonic synthesizers sounds before a polyphonic synth was created!  His sound designs and new sounds included realistic string simulations before most composers took advantage of the technology.  Tomita's recordings of "Snow Flakes Dancing" (nominated for a Grammy in 1974) and "Kosmos" are often referenced by product engineers and programs as influential and inspirational works that forever changed the way electronic music was created and heard.