RIP Japanese Composer/Producer Susumu Yokota


Influential Japanese composer/electronic music artist Susumu Yokota passed away. His family issued the following statement:

“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Susumu Yokota who passed away on 27th March, 2015 at the age of 54 after a long period of medical treatment. We are deeply thankful to the people who listened to and supported Susumu’s music during his lifetime. Please accept our sincere apologies for the delay in this announcement, as we were until recently unacquainted with Susumu’s music industry contacts.”

During is lengthy career Yokota, who released music on Harthouse and Planet Earth and produced music under aliases including Ringo, Prism and Sonicstuff, also recorded several releases for Lo Recordings. The label’s Jon Tye issued the following statement:

“Yokota’s music was always completely individual, always esoteric yet never wilfully indulgent. His touch was that of a master craftsman, creating intricate musical jewels that sparkled like no others. There’s no doubt that if he had been in a position to play live concerts his reputation would far exceed many of his contemporaries. He will be sorely missed by those who value quality and originality in music.”

Messages to Yokota’s family and friends can be sent to

Darren Ressler

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