The album also features a previously unreleased (I think) work, 'One Night of the Milkyway
Railroad', an original composition, which sounds like it could easily have belonged on the
'Kosmos' album. Also, there is a re-recorded version of 'La Cathédrale
Engloutie', which was originally on 'Snowflakes Are Dancing',
and a-side-and-a-half's worth of remixed pieces, in what Tomita calls 'Bi-phonic'. This sounds
on vinyl like a kind of enhanced stereo, but the effect is not that pronounced.
Since the lavish packaging, with its gatefold sleeve and 12-page, LP-sized booklet, is entirely
in Japanese, any more details are unavailable. It is clear from the Roman numeral listing in
the booklet that the audio examples are explained at some length, as is 'Bi-phonic' sound; the
only help for me is that the tracks are noted in English on the record labels themselves. Very
frustrating - I can't afford a translator!
Wendy Carlos released a broadly similar album in 1987 called
'Secrets of Synthesis'. This
album explained the principles of her approach, using her recorded work illustratively, in
contrast to Tomita actually dissecting the work itself.