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Ryuichi Sakamoto

Ryuichi Sakamoto (born January 17, 1952) is a Japanese musician, activist, composer, record producer, writer, singer, pianist, and actor based in Tokyo and New York. Gaining major success in 1978 as a member of the electronic music group Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO), Sakamoto served on keyboards and sometimes vocals. The band had worldwide hits such as "Computer Game / Firecracker" (1978), "Behind the Mask" (1978) and "Rydeen" (1979), later playing a pioneering role in the techno and acid house movements of the 1990s.

He concurrently pursued a solo career, releasing the exper ...read more

Ryuichi Sakamoto (born January 17, 1952) is a Japanese musician, activist, composer, record producer, writer, singer, pianist, and actor based in Tokyo and New York. Gaining major success in 1978 as a member of the electronic music group Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO), Sakamoto served on keyboards and sometimes vocals. The band had worldwide hits such as "Computer Game / Firecracker" (1978), "Behind the Mask" (1978) and "Rydeen" (1979), later playing a pioneering role in the techno and acid house movements of the 1990s.

He concurrently pursued a solo career, releasing the experimental electronic fusion album Thousand Knives (1978), and later released the pioneering album B-2 Unit (1980), which included the electro classic "Riot in Lagos". From thereon, he produced more solo records, collaborated with many international artists, and pursued a wide variety of projects, such as having composed music for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics opening ceremony. His composition "Energy Flow" (1999) was the first instrumental number-one single in Japan's Oricon charts history.

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983) marked his debut as a film score composer and as an actor. The film's score received a BAFTA Award,and its main theme was adapted into a pop single entitled "Forbidden Colours" which became a worldwide hit. For his work as a film composer, he has won a Golden Globe Award for The Sheltering Sky (1990), plus another Golden Globe, Grammy, and Academy Award for The Last Emperor (1987). In 2009, he was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France's Ministry of Culture for his musical contributions. On occasion, Sakamoto has also worked on anime and video games as a composer as well as a scenario writer. « hide

Similar Bands: Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Morelenbaum2/Sakamoto, Yukihiro Takahashi, Haruomi Hosono

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Three
04/10/2013

4.3
5 Votes
Playing The Piano
2010

4.2
17 Votes
Out Of Noise
2009

3.6
5 Votes
Tony Takitani (soundtrack)
2005

3.8
4 Votes
CHASM
2005

3.5
6 Votes
Life In Progress
1999

3.8
2 Votes
Gohatto (soundtrack)
1999

2.8
2 Votes
BTTB
1999

3.2
3 Votes
Discord
1997

3.8
2 Votes
1996
1996

3.6
9 Votes
Smoochy
1995

2.8
4 Votes
Little Buddha (soundtrack)
1994

3.5
2 Votes
Moving On
1994

2
3 Votes
Wild Palms (soundtrack)
1993

1.8
2 Votes
High Heels (soundtrack)
1992

2.2
3 Votes
Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights (soundtrack)
1992

3
2 Votes
The Sheltering Sky (soundtrack)
1990

4
2 Votes
Beauty
1990

2.3
3 Votes
Neo Geo
1987

3
4 Votes
Illustrated Musical Encyclopedia
1986

3.2
3 Votes
Esperanto
1985

2.8
3 Votes
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (soundtrack)
1983

3.5
5 Votes
B-2 Unit
1980

3.5
4 Votes
Thousand Knives Of
1978

3.9
6 Votes
Live Albums
In the Lobby: At G.E.H. In London
2001

3.5
1 Votes
Compilations
Year Book 2005 - 2014
2015

3.5
1 Votes
Bricolages
2006

3
1 Votes
Best of Ryuichi Sakamoto: Soundtracks
2002

3.5
1 Votes

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