Toshiro Mayuzumi was an experimental composer who was instrumental in providing a bridge between the Western avant-garde and traditional Japanese music. He began composing in the mid-1940s and, although his early compositions were almost exclusively Western influenced, by the mid-1950s he began to favour the traditional sounds of his native country as well as the spiritual sounds of Buddhism. His 1955 album X, Y, Z is of particular note as it was the first Japanese example of music concrete. He went on to score music for theatre groups and films (over 100), and won several prestigious prizes throughout his career. Toshiro Mayuzumi died in April 1997, aged 68.