Japanese composer Susumu Yokota has passed away at the age of 54. Though the news has only surfaced now, his family confirmed that he died on March 27 after a long period of illness.
Yokota was best known as a composer of ambient music, releasing material on labels like the Leaf Label and Lo Recordings. He was also a veteran house music DJ and performer, with releases spanning all the way back to 1993.
Today (July 14) Lo Recordings released the following statement [via FACT]:
"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."
His family also shared this 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."
Most recently, Yokota released his album Dreamer in 2012.