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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 experimental e ...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

LPs
Async
2017

3.6
50 Votes
Out Of Noise
2009

3.7
7 Votes
Chasm
2005

3.8
10 Votes
Life In Progress
1999

4.3
2 Votes
BTTB
1999

3.3
5 Votes
Discord
1997

3.1
5 Votes
1996
1996

3.9
14 Votes
Smoochy
1995

3.1
7 Votes
Sweet Revenge
1994

2.2
5 Votes
Heartbeat
1991

Beauty
1990

3.3
6 Votes
Neo Geo
1987

2.9
5 Votes
Futurista
1986

3.8
3 Votes
Esperanto
1985

3.4
5 Votes
Ongaku Zukan
1984

3.5
5 Votes
Left-Handed Dream
1981

4.3
2 Votes
B-2 Unit
1980

3.6
6 Votes
Summer Nerves
1979

2.8
2 Votes
Thousand Knives Of
1978

3.9
16 Votes
Live Albums
Playing The Orchestra 2013
12/11/2013

4
1 Votes
Playing the Piano 2009 Japan Self Selected
2009

4
1 Votes
In the Lobby: At G.E.H. In London
2001

3
1 Votes
Cinemage
1999

4
1 Votes
Compilations
Async - Remodels
2018

Nagasaki: Memories Of My Son
2016

3.5
1 Votes
Plankton
2016

3
1 Votes
Year Book 2005 - 2014
2015

Three
04/10/2013

4.4
7 Votes
Playing The Piano
2010

4.2
26 Votes
Bricolages
2006

Tony Takitani
2005

3.7
5 Votes
Best of Ryuichi Sakamoto: Soundtracks
2002

Gohatto
1999

3
2 Votes
Love Is The Devil
1998

2.5
1 Votes
Little Buddha
1994

3.5
3 Votes
Wild Palms
1993

1.8
2 Votes
High Heels
1992

2.8
4 Votes
Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights
1992

3.8
2 Votes
The Sheltering Sky
1990

3.8
3 Votes
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
1983

3.8
6 Votes

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