This was not my first Tomita record. That dubious honor belongs to his electronic interpretation of Holst’s Planets, which I spun often as a teenager.
Moving into Tomita territory seemed natural for a kid who liked krautrock, prog, Jean Michel-Jarre and however one would categorize the first couple of Art of Noise records. But more than any other electronic artist, I loved Virgin-era Tangerine Dream (and still do). Tomita promised to push me into even more serious territory, and he did so with work that is totally immersive. Tomita out-tangerine dreamed Tangerine Dream.
The Bermuda Triangle recasts several classical compositions as electronic music. Pieces by Prokofiev, Sibelius, and even John Williams share platter space with original Tomita compositions. Toss in a gatefold cover right out of the pages of Heavy Metal and a coral-colored album and I’m there. (Blue and black vinyl copies also were printed.)
As cool as The Bermuda Triangle on coral vinyl may be, it will barely dent your wallet. You can experience all of that Tomita electronic goodness for 5-10 bucks. Happy hunting.
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