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As one-third of Yellow Magic Orchestra and an Academy Award-winning composer for his work on the soundtrack for The Last Emperor, synth pop innovator Ryuichi Sakamoto is among the most groundbreaking artists to have emerged since the late 70s. A musician’s musician, Ryuichi Sakamoto has created intriguing musical unions with artists such as David Sylvian, Iggy Pop, Tony Williams, Bootsy Collins, Jacques Morelenbaum and many others. async is Ryuichi Sakamoto’s first studio album in eight years. This is his most personal release as it follows a long fight against cancer from which Ryuichi Sakamoto emerged with a renewed and passionate creative energy. “What kind of “sounds/music” do I want to listen to?" async is the answer to this question Ryuichi has asked himself for the past several years. This is the album he is the most proud of which synthesizes all of his musical and sound interests. This is a journey through analog synth, the sounds of things and of places, an imaginary soundtrack to an Andrei Tarkovsky film and many others musical surprises.
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Ryuichi Sakamoto's legions of fans will have a new special 2-CD package to savor on September 28th (Decca Label Group): the two albums, playing the piano and out of noise, present a wide-ranging view into the world of this composer, musician, producer, actor, and environmental activist. The first CD, playing the piano, is a series of miniatures or "self-covers," as Sakamoto refers to them - solo piano versions of his earlier works, including some of the famous film themes such as The Last Emperor (Oscar/Grammyr -winning soundtrack), Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence and The Sheltering Sky (Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score). The second CD, out of noise, is arguably Sakamoto's most ambitious to date in which he continues to explore the netherworld between music and noise that has fascinated him for years. He is joined here by, among others, Austrian guitarist/laptop artist Christian Fennesz, guitarist Cornelius (Keigo Oyamada), England's renowned early music group Fretwork, and Icelandic multi-instrumentalist Skuli Sverrisson.

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  • Ryuichi Sakamoto Details 'Gigantic' Score to 'Birdman' Director's 'The Revenant'

    12/17/15 ,via

    Following four Oscars for Birdman: or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) — and wide acclaim for its kinetic jazz score — director Alejandro González Iñárritu has tapped veteran composer Ryuichi Sakamoto and electronic craftsman Alva Noto to helm 

  • Ryuichi Sakamoto: Desire grows for 'freedom through music' in Japan

    12/18/15 ,via Asahi Shimbun

    After surviving a battle against cancer, world-renown composer Ryuichi Sakamoto is certainly not going to let the prevailing mood of Japan prevent him from expressing his feelings through words and music. “Japan is now at a point where it may become a 


New favorite: Ryuichi Sakamoto & Taylor Deupree 'Live In London' (Side B) by Thirtythree Thirtythree on #SoundCloud 12/22/15, @Poiu140k
RT janvalik This great #music will sooth you these days, listen to #MerryChristmas #MrLawrence by #Ryuichi Sakamoto! … 12/21/15, @zaccheng1979
This great #music will sooth you these days, listen to #MerryChristmas #MrLawrence by #Ryuichi Sakamoto! #piano 12/21/15, @janvalik


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  • Whatever the Rigors of Its Making, 'The Revenant' Is Haunting, Riveting Cinema (Review & Roundup)

    12/21/15 ,via Indie Wire Film Blog

    While this production may be up there with Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" as a nightmare shoot for the ages, the result is a stunning visual tone poem about frontier survival, accompanied by Ryuichi Sakamoto's haunting score. And DiCaprio delivers ...

  • Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto Won't Be Getting Oscars Next Year

    12/20/15 ,via

    Famed composer and former Yellow Light Orchestra member Ryuichi Sakamoto and prolific experimental electronic musician Alva Noto (with additional contributions by Bryce Dessner) teamed up to arrange the soundtrack for Birdman director Alejandro González ...

  • Why 'The Revenant' Was Not Eligible to Compete for the Oscar for Original Score

    12/19/15 ,via Indie Wire Film Blog

    As expected, Ryuichi Sakamoto's score for "The Revenant" did not fit their criteria (they couldn't separate out his contributions from his two collaborators), and filmmaker A.G. Inarritu is not happy about it. (Fox is appealing the ruling.) The race for ...


Ryuichi Sakamoto - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ryuichi Sakamoto (坂本 龍一, Sakamoto Ryūichi?, born January 17, 1952) (Japanese pronunciation: [sakamoto ɽju͍ːitɕi]) is a Japanese musician, activist ...


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Ryuichi Sakamoto, Soundtrack: Babel. Ryuichi Sakamoto was born on January 17, 1952 in Tokyo, Japan. He was previously married to Akiko Yano.

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