I spent an increasingly disheartening half-hour searching through piles of CDs buried in a corner; I have too many CDs, and surely a clear-out is due, and at times such as this I can see the positives in digital downloads over physical – is it inevitable that someday I’ll opt for a download over a CD? Anyway, as is ever the case in such moments, I failed to find what I was searching for, but instead stumbled upon a quite-forgotten Tomita CD; Snowflakes are Dancing. Its an electronic album from the mid-seventies based upon some of Claude Debussy’s works; my old friend Andy had it on vinyl back in the mid-eighties. I had fallen in love with Debussy’s Clair de lune many years ago (anybody recall the Disney animated short?) and Tomita’s version was always a favourite. Andy used to play both that and The Engulfed Cathedral late in the evening, sometimes. Hugely atmospheric music, and sounding quite unique here (the nearest I can compare to Tomita is possibly Wendy Carlos, but that’s still pretty wide of the mark). John Carpenter did his own electronic rendition of The Engulfed Cathedral in his film Escape From New York, which is where I suspect most of us of my generation first encountered it.
So anyway, I never found what I was looking for in that pile of CDs, because I succumbed and put the Tomita CD on the player instead, listened to The Engulfed Cathedral for the first time in years. Glorious. Its like years falling away, so strange. Anyway, in case you’re unfamiliar with it, here’s a YouTube link to it: