Ryuichi Sakamoto 1952-2023






Ryuichi Sakamoto 1952-2023

Musician Ryuichi Sakamoto passed away on March 28. He was 71 years old.

Ryuichi Sakamoto began his career as a studio musician while a student at Tokyo University of the Arts. In 1978, he formed Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) with Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi. Through the first half of the 80s, the band built their career internationally. Its musical style, which mainly used synthesizers, the most cutting-edge instrument at the time, had a great impact and influence on the music scene worldwide. Ryuichi Sakamoto has been consistently working on his solo careers before the formation of YMO. Not only technopop and new wave, which is similar to the style of YMO, with his diverse musicality he left behind many masterpieces in contemporary music, classical music, world music, ambient, electronica, and other genres. He was the first Japanese composer to win an Academy Award for Best Original Score for the 1987 film "The Last Emperor". Since then, he worked on soundtracks of numerous domestic and international films, earning him an international reputation as a composer of film music.

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