Yoshitaka Azuma ‘Far From Asia’

01 Toki (26:58)
02 Muratake (16:19)
03 Far From Asia (10:26)
Total time: 53:42
LP released 1982 on Nippon Columbia Ltd.

Long electronic soundscapes by Yoshitaka Azuma, who was to become one of the foremost video games incidental music composer in the 1990s and is famous today for his contribution to Panzer Dragoon Ein (see video below). His first LPs were influenced by european prog and kraut rock. 1982’s ‘Far From Asia’ uses electronic sounds familiar from Tangerine Dream or Klaus Schulze albums, though with a tenseness and uneasy feeling unique to Azuma. The genre is definitely german ambient but the style is very personal and unusual, anti-relaxing new-age, sort of. The first track ‘Toki’ is build on unsettling minimal electronic loops using mostly basic sounds – presets, so to speak. Music is sparse overall, with a few tutti moments were the music gets really loud. Sounds are half sci-fi movie style, half relaxation music, with truckloads of reverb throughout. Track #2 is a welcome follow-up, being an almost straight new-age number with beautiful melodies. The title track almost sound like film music, the major thirds reminiscent of Joe Hisaichi for instance, just a bit more weird. Very strange LP, anyway.


  • Moon Light Of Asia (1981)
  • Asian Wind (1981)
  • Far From Asia (1982)
  • Mysterious Asian Roads (1983)
  • Azuma (1987)
  • NHK (1989)
  • + music for video games Panzer Dragoon Ein, Tokyo Dungeon, Virus

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8 Responses to “Yoshitaka Azuma ‘Far From Asia’”

  1. 1 spaceling December 7, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Thank you so much for this. I’ve been having a hard time finding any of the older albums by Yoshitaka Azuma lately. Do you have the other albums as well?

  2. 2 continuo December 7, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Sorry, that was my only Azuma LP. Thanks for dropping by.

  3. 3 jean.rousse October 27, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Admirable! thank you Mr continuo for this monstrous wordpress.

  4. 4 continuo October 28, 2009 at 7:38 am

    You’re welcome, Jean.

  5. 5 bodybox June 26, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    nice one thank you

  6. 6 richard October 5, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Is this the same artist that had U.S. record/cd music releases “Azuma” & “The Wanderer” around 1987?

  7. 7 richard October 5, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Sorry, just saw the discography & this is the same guy! Wow! Definitely going to check out any releases after 1987! He was on a roll! It doesn’t sound like video game background music! Quite energetic & mesmerizing!
    He did have a follow up album, “The Wanderer” (Private Music label) that included more complex, reworked versions of some of his “Azuma” listings.

    Is there anything for him after 1989?

  8. 8 continuo October 5, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Hi, Richard. I’m afraid I lost track of Azuma-san after this date, as he composed solely for video games.

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