Ryuichi Sakamoto

Ryuichi Sakamoto



Ryuichi Sakamoto (坂本 龍一, Sakamoto Ryūichi, born January 17, 1952) (Japanese pronunciation: [sakamoto ɾʲɯːitɕi]) is a Japanese musician, singer, composer, record producer, activist, writer, actor and dancer, based in Tokyo and New York. He began his career while at university in the 1970s, as a session musician, producer, and arranger. His first major success came in 1978 as co-founder of the electronic music trio Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO).[1][2] With bandmates Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi, Sakamoto helped play a pioneering role in the development of synth-pop, techno and house genres.[3]

He concurrently pursued a solo career, releasing the experimental electronic fusion album Thousand Knives (1978), and later released the album B-2 Unit (1980), from which "Riot in Lagos" influenced the development of electro and hip hop music.[4][5][6] He went on to produce more solo records, collaborate with many international artists, and pursue a wide variety of projects, in different genres ranging from electronic to classical and world music. He composed music for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics opening ceremony, and his composition "Energy Flow" (1999) was the first instrumental number-one single in Japan's Oricon charts history.[7] He has collaborated with a range of artists, including David Sylvian, Carsten Nicolai, Youssou N'Dour, and Fennesz.

As a film composer, he has won an Academy Award, BAFTA, Grammy, and two Golden Globe Awards, and has received three BAFTA nominations and four Golden Globe nominations.[8] Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983) marked his debut as a film score composer and as an actor, and its main theme was adapted into the single "Forbidden Colours" which became an international hit. His most successful work as a film composer was The Last Emperor (1987),[9] after which he continued earning accolades composing for films such as The Sheltering Sky (1990), Little Buddha (1993), and The Revenant (2015). On occasion, Sakamoto has also worked on anime and video games, as a composer as well as a scenario writer. In 2009, he was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France's Ministry of Culture for his musical contributions.[10]



ZURE is a song by musical artist Ryuichi Sakamoto, released on December 15, 2017.
ASYNC - REMODELS is an album by musical artist Ryuichi Sakamoto, released on December 13, 2017.
Life, Life
Life, Life is a song by musical artist Ryuichi Sakamoto, released on December 1, 2017.
Rage is an album by musical artist Ryuichi Sakamoto, released on October 27, 2017.

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Ryuichi Sakamoto to release remix compilation album Async Remodels
  –  January 10, 2018
Ryuichi Sakamoto has announced a new compilation album titled Async Remodels. The record will launch on February 23 via Milan Music and will include remixes of tracks that originally featured on his 2017 record Async, reimagined by a range of experimental ...
Movie shows experimental musicians recording inside Philip Johnson's Glass House
  –  January 10, 2018
This captioned movie shows experimental musicians Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto recording their latest album inside Philip Johnson's Glass House, which at the time was housing an installation by artist Yayoi Kusama. Movie is by Derrick Belcham.
Tiny Mix Tapes
  –  January 8, 2018
Apparently not content let the charmed saga of his 2017 masterstroke async simply end — even on one of the highest possible notes — the relentless Ryuichi Sakamoto is already kicking off 2018 by announcing a full-length of async remixes. Several of the ...
Ryuichi Sakamoto Gets Arca, Oneohtrix Point Never, Andy Stott for 'Async Remodels'
  –  January 8, 2018
After sharing songs from async reworked by the likes of Arca, Fennesz and Oneohtrix Point Never last year, Ryuichi Sakamoto has now revealed an entire album's worth of reworks and remixes of his acclaimed 2017 material. Running 11 tracks in length ...
EXCLUSIVE: Kenzo Taps Karen O to Record Original Song
  –  January 7, 2018
The main spring campaign images will feature historic Kenzo muse Sayoko Yamaguchi and Japanese composer and performer Ryuichi Sakamoto, the two inspirations for the coed collection.
24 albums to look forward to in 2018
  –  January 2, 2018
How can we top a year that brought us full-length dazzlers from Ryuichi Sakamoto, Migos, Kelela, Equiknoxx and Nídia? Well, you may just be surprised. 2018 is set to feature albums that could make this a vintage year for hip-hop, electronic music ...
Albums of the Year 2017: Offa Rex - Queen of Hearts
  –  December 29, 2017
We feel it's a very good deal, and hope you do too. To take an annual subscription now simply click here. Albums of the Year 2017: Ryuichi Sakamoto - async 40+ years into his career, Sakamoto is as in love with sound as he's ever been Albums of the Year ...
The Guide to Getting Into Yellow Magic Orchestra
  –  December 19, 2017
Since their formation as a proper band in 1978, Haruomi Hosono, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Yukihiro Takahashi have transversed style and genre to create some of the boldest, strangest pop music in history. They made everything from gritty synth-funk and video ...


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