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Batavia
Ryuichi Sakamoto
01:18
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Bamboo Houses - Remix
Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Sylvian
05:28
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NEUE TANZ (2018 Yoshinori Sunahara Remastering)
YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA
05:00
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Dance
Ryuichi Sakamoto
03:03
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Dennogiwa
Ryuichi Sakamoto
05:54
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Bibo no Aozora/04
Ryuichi Sakamoto
07:15
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The Last Emperor: Theme Variation 1
Ryuichi Sakamoto
02:19
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Do Bacteria Sleep?
Ryuichi Sakamoto
04:17
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SOLID STATE SURVIVOR(2018 Bob Ludwig Remastering)
YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA
03:58
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riot in Lagos (2019 Remastering)
Ryuichi Sakamoto
05:40
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Fatalism
Massive Attack, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yukihiro Takahashi
04:54
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Poesia
Ryuichi Sakamoto
05:26
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The Revenant Main Theme
Ryuichi Sakamoto, alva noto
02:41
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Rain
Ryuichi Sakamoto
03:38
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ONGAKU
YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA
03:27
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High Heels (Main Theme)
Ryuichi Sakamoto
03:18
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Tango - Version Castellano
Ryuichi Sakamoto
04:38
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希望の路
YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA
04:36
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WORLD CITIZEN -I won't be disappointed- - short version
Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Sylvian
03:47
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Second Dream
Ryuichi Sakamoto, alva noto
01:13
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solari
Ryuichi Sakamoto
03:52
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LOTUS LOVE (2019 Bob Ludwig Remastering)
YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA
04:07
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Elephantism Theme
Ryuichi Sakamoto
00:56
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Acceptance (From "Little Buddha")
Ryuichi Sakamoto
08:48
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War&Peace - Cornelius Remix
Ryuichi Sakamoto, Cornelius
05:20
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階段
YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA
04:14
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Dancing In the Sky
Ryuichi Sakamoto
01:09
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Thousand Knives
Ryuichi Sakamoto
06:09
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Coda
Ryuichi Sakamoto
05:46
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NICE AGE
YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA, Y.M.O., Mitsuo Koike
03:46

Ryūichi Sakamoto

From the electro pop of the 1980s to music for Bertolucci and Almodovar, here is a portrait of a musical chameleon who’s turned his hand to everything from Kraftwerk, to Bach, Ravel, Kenny Larkin, and Debussy. Get ready for some classical classics.

Once upon a time, there were three young Japanese men, Haruomi Hosono, Yukihiro Takahashi, and Ryuichi Sakamoto. In 1978, they entered the charts with their synth pop group Yellow Magic Orchestra, or YMO. It was Kraftwerk in terms of rhythm, Simple Minds in terms of tone, and purely Japanese in terms of commercial exoticism. It was a time of Japanese pride, of Yamamoto jackets and Miyake pleats. Sakamoto then went solo and distinguished himself by recording the soundtrack for the cult film Furyo, a war epic in the style of Bridge on the River Kwai, staring David Bowie and Sakamoto himself. Post modern artists would be deeply inspired by the synthetic gamelans that came out of YMO’s experiments.

Since then, Sakamoto has often payed tribute to Western classics. First Bach in Elephantism, then Philip Glass, Debussy, Steve Reich...A studio virtuoso, he reimagined Massive Attack and recorded iconic songs with David Sylvian. And that’s not to mention an impressive list of collaborations with everyone from Caetano Veloso, Bill Frisell, Brian Wilson, Youssou N’Dour, Robert Wyatt, Iggy Pop, Arto Lindsay, Bill Laswell, Alva Noto, Hector Zazou, Thomas Dolby, Cesaria Évora, and Deee-Lite.  

As a bossa nova fan, Sakamoto uses jazz to convey a fluid and melancholy intimacy. His soundtracks have conquered the world, from those he made for Bertolucci (The Last Emperor and The Sheltering Sky) and Almodovar (High Heels), to more recently the formidable soundtrack to The Revenant – a score composed after he had recovered from cancer. Today, you can find Mr Sakamoto on Netflix, where the chilling Minamata is a hit. Seventy years old really is a Nice Age for this eternal sound wizard.

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