Tomita Planets

The IP picked up a copy of Holst’s The Planets recorded for Columbia Records’ Great Performances series (Bernstein w/NY Philharmonic). After listening to this great piece, The IP recalled a version of The Planets recorded by synthesizer artist Isao Tomita. The IP practically wore out the cassette version of Tomita’s Planets while riding his bike to and from work back in the day. The below video will either bore you or blow your mind, but it’s probably one of the better documentaries on space exploration you’ll ever see, and Tomita’s interpretation of Holst’s work is PERFECT for the viewing experience. There are lots for actual outer space photographs taken by US and Soviet spacecraft (including the Viking, Voyager, and Magellan missions), clips from NASA documentaries, fantastic computer-generated animation, and dazzling special effects. A later version was narrated by Patrick Stewart of Star Trek fame, but The IP thinks this 1993 original is perfect with just the music and captions. Watch it while it lasts:


One Response to “Tomita Planets”

  1. ummm…bo-ring. videos of wooly bear at a full trot would be more captivating.

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