Uneasy Temperament

Tomita PlanetsToo many factors play into this half-assed, quick-release, interception of a post focusing on Isro Tomita’s 1976 adaptation of Gustav Holst’s The Planets. So, I recently acquired a handy, compact, portable turntable (with external, bombastic speakers) from the loving wings of my thoughtful and supportive parents. The details and photo-proof of this most recent player (and my 6th, functional turntable… I live in a two bedroom apt, people!) will soon be chasing the setting sun (meaning, there is a post yet to follow), so my abbreviated attempts at “getting in and getting out” of yet another responsible-laden post will here again commence post-haste! So, I’m spinning this record on my portable player, see…

Saturn… and Tomita’s The Planets barely near scared the living sh!t out of me! I’m forever a lover of ambient, wall-of-soundscape, ethereal electro, and when the focus is something as deep-rooted as Holst’s The Planets, one assumes safety will eclipse the ever-impending danger… or so I would stupidly think. Mid-2nd-side, sh!t got real (and I paused my friendly, online game of Madden 2012 for the PS3), and stared at my newly acquired portable player in sheer, revolting, mannequin-induscing pain. My educated guess would point my accusing finger toward Saturn, track V… but no one can really say for absolute certainty why my otherwise controllable paranoia began to spike a red-lined fever, forcibly, and emotionally, removing me from my daily routine (if ever there was a track that conjured up the remorseful, uneasy, “put me out of my mystery” feeling of core-stirring horror, paralleling that of Gaspar Noé’s Irréversible, Tomita’s Saturn is without question, that track). One thing was for absolute, and unquestionable certain… Tomita is a salacious wizard, whose talents live far below the clouds of obscurity, and whose albums I’ll (very) soon be acquiring.

4 thoughts on “Uneasy Temperament

  1. Loving and supportive parents! How sweet was that? It was so fun to see how excited you were when you got it. Thanks again for such a good time

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  2. Your review had me scrabbling for my copy. ‘Saturn’ does indeed have a spooky paranoia about it – much more experimental than most of Tomita’s work. It’s great, though unusual for the Japanese synth maestro. I quite liked what he did with ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ and ‘Bermuda Triangle’ is cool, if you can find it! Cheers.

    • That’s awesome my post put the Saturn bug into your head! I have and dig Pictures at an Exhibition, but haven’t seen Bermuda Triangle at the local shops. If you suggest it, it’s got to be good.

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