October 19, 2016

Osamu Shoji - Night Flight, 1979


Album artwork says it all. Exotica-tinged, phaser-heavy Japanese library music, with a whole lot of new age-inspired arpeggiation and sci-fi synth pads. All credits go to the very prolific Shoji, with a note that the Synthesizer "Space-Sizer 360" was invented and supplied by Noriyasu Fukuda. I can't find anything about the synth or its inventor anywhere. Shoji put out a cool 39 records between 1971 and 1987, including what appears to be an entire album of Bee Gees covers--does anyone have this? I need it. Shoji also makes an appearance on our OMG Japan mix. For fans of Hiroshi SatoTomita, Joël Fajerman.


5 comments:

  1. Lovely – thanks. Great run of selections going down here. Thanks for all the aural pleasures.

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  2. Excellent...almost as if Geoff Downes got together with Telex and made an instrumental album

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  3. I liked this so much I picked up the album after from 1980: "Shambala"

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  4. Amazing! Finding this piece on my own took me a month of digging, and I'm happy to see it here. I found him through Shigenori Kamiya, out of curiosity for the DIGITAL TRIP series that they both contributed to - apparently they were both doing anime soundtracks back then.

    Many thanks!

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