Ryuichi Sakamoto S/D

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ok there's been two sparse YMO threads, but apart from this notable moment there's been no proper S/D. And his output is completely schitzoid; basically there's the soundtrack stuff (occasionally nice), the mainstream glossed-out pop music stuff (almost always not to my taste), and then the occasional burst of absolute experiental chaos.

Myself I like YMO, especially 'Solid State Survivor' and 'XOO Multiplies'. Not for everyday, but it's well crafted, very catchy, very happy pop, with occasional bursts of humor so inexplicable and politically bizarre... I'm still not sure what to make of the fact that they were so huge at home with things like 'Snakeman Show Skit' on their albums.

Here's the searches:

'Thousand Knives of Ryuichi Sakamoto'; instrumental, but still sounding much like a jazzier YMO. Good though, great cover of him loosely gripping a reading lamp while crouched in a bathtub.

'B-2 Unit' is a record that shuts everyone up, always getting rediscovered by people, year after year; it's fucking advanced. Still not much electronic music sounds like this clipped, demented, sharp, alien. American version omits the particularly brutal 'Participation Mystique' for a contemporary 12" club hit 'Warhead', which is also great.

'Left Handed Dream' was a collaboration with M's Robin Scott and Adrian Belew. Not much here, apart from the one fantastic instrumental 'The Garden of Poppies', could fit on 'B-2 Unit' easy.

'Esperanto' -- every time I see a copy of this out of print record I buy a copy for a friend. Released in 1985, sounds like twenty years from now; early sampling record with largely self-recorded sources. All the sounds are organic or conventionally instrumental in nature, but they're juxtaposed in acoustically impossible ways; everything sounds simultaneously hyper-realistic, plausibly real, yet absolutely artificial, impossible and composed. Hearing this record in 1985 was my first real encounter with Japanese culture. 'A "Wongga" Dance Song' has Arto Lindsay's guitar, echoing mutant trumpets, Gamelan percussion and clipped percussive hits made from chanting school children, I guess that one's the hit.

I also like the 12" with Sylvian, and the 'Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence' soundtrack. I don't love the two followup records to 'Esperanto', 'Illustrated Musical Encyclopaedia' and 'Futurista', but they've still got odd moments, like 'Field Work' with Thomas Dolby; they never came out in the States. When he finally regained an american record deal, the results were bland pop records: 'Neo Geo', 'Beauty', 'Heartbeat', lush production with amazing vocalists (Robert Wyatt even), yet I bounce off the surface of these records.

This year's 'Vrioon' with Carsten Nicolai got my hopes up, and Sakamoto's piano playing is always lovely, but it's more a Nicolai sinewave fest than a Sakamoto disc.

So I've been frightened off buying on sight, but 'Esperanto' and 'B-2 Unit' are so remarkable -- I'm curious what other albums people have heard and how they relate to any of the ones mentioned above...

(Jon L), Wednesday, 31 December 2003 22:11 (sixteen years ago) link

search: heartbeat, world citizen
destroy: sahara blue, zero landmine

bahtology, Wednesday, 31 December 2003 22:18 (sixteen years ago) link

"Forbidden Colours" is one of my Top 10 singles ever.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Thursday, 1 January 2004 00:51 (sixteen years ago) link

Left Handed Dream is WONDERFUL!

Andy K (Andy K), Thursday, 1 January 2004 01:15 (sixteen years ago) link

the responses to this are going to be about as polarized as the work itself of course. I shouldn't put down the pop records. I'm just looking for more in the mode of 'B-2 Unit'/'Esperanto'.

yeah I have a huge soft spot for 'forbidden colours', the original versions (vocal & instrumental) bookend the 'mr. lawrence' soundtrack perfectly. I like the later arrangement for piano too.

'sahara blue' is a record by hector zazou w/sakamoto contributing piano and I agree that it should be destroyed.

(Jon L), Thursday, 1 January 2004 01:23 (sixteen years ago) link

search : discord

>>'sahara blue' is a record by hector zazou w/sakamoto contributing piano and I agree that it should be destroyed. <<

I believe that after hearing the finished product, David Sylvian actually attempted it's destruction on some level. He only succeeded in erasing the two tracks that he contributed lead vocals on. The rest presses on in infamy.

Brian, Thursday, 1 January 2004 15:56 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...
Jon, no love for Left Handed Dream?

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Saturday, 26 November 2005 05:34 (fourteen years ago) link

The second Carsten Nicolai / Ryuichi Sakamoto collaborative album "insen" is quite lovely. I play it a lot at home these days.

Drew Daniel (Drew Daniel), Saturday, 26 November 2005 05:49 (fourteen years ago) link

He did the soundtrack for Tony Taketini, which kind of sucked; the film, not his music. Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence is an achingly pretty piece of music. Secrets of the Beehive is quite nice. Actually, anything he touches turns to gold. And he is a beautiful, beautiful man, which is the important thing, after all.

Mary (Mary), Saturday, 26 November 2005 06:06 (fourteen years ago) link

here is the other sakamoto thread

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Saturday, 26 November 2005 11:23 (fourteen years ago) link

six months pass...
milton, if you still post, can you explain the circumstances of the amazing song on this clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEauo-qXakM&search=sylvian - it's called "the real you" and appears to be ippu do + ymo + steve jansen on drums. was it released on any album?

s/g, Friday, 2 June 2006 02:12 (fourteen years ago) link

Hey, thanks for the link--I've never seen that clip. All my favorite people in one place! The song is from Yukihiro Takahashi's solo album 'What, Me WORRY?' (1982). It's a great album, and it was actually just reissued on CD (in Japan). Definitely worth buying.

Patrick South (Patrick South), Friday, 2 June 2006 02:44 (fourteen years ago) link

I knew Patrick would know.

thanks for the link.

milton parker (Jon L), Friday, 2 June 2006 09:15 (fourteen years ago) link

amazing, thanks for the info.

s/g, Friday, 2 June 2006 13:43 (fourteen years ago) link

seven months pass...
"Bibo No Aozora" really caught me off guard in "Babel." Really...an amazing emotional piece.

Tape Store (Tape Store), Tuesday, 23 January 2007 06:33 (thirteen years ago) link

I love Neo Geo from 1988 and Heartbeat is good, too.

m coleman (lovebug starski), Tuesday, 23 January 2007 10:55 (thirteen years ago) link

five months pass...

I found Left Handed Dream in a 99 cent bin at a record store that otherwise is pretty good at curating, couldn't believe it!

I was previously unfamiliar with YMO and Sakamoto's pop stuff (having known only soundtrack/electronic/Fennesz stuff), so you can imagine my surprise at first hearing this fantastically weird pop record. It's awesome!

Mark Clemente, Tuesday, 3 July 2007 17:29 (twelve years ago) link

Search: Tony Takitani OST

Steve Shasta, Tuesday, 3 July 2007 18:23 (twelve years ago) link

"Summer Nerves" is great vocodopop disco w/at least Takahashi on it if not also some Hosono. Not entirely dissimilar in feel from some of Takahashi's similarly awesome "Saravah!"

Bangelo, Tuesday, 3 July 2007 19:42 (twelve years ago) link

seven months pass...

I just got "Chasm" from emusic and I'm blown away by it, was not expecting such electronica/noise from some of the tracks. It is really varied and very very well done.

Trayce, Thursday, 14 February 2008 02:31 (twelve years ago) link

'B-2 Unit' is a record that shuts everyone up, always getting rediscovered by people, year after year; it's fucking advanced. Still not much electronic music sounds like this clipped, demented, sharp, alien. A....

'Esperanto' -- every time I see a copy of this out of print record I buy a copy for a friend. Released in 1985, sounds like twenty years from now; early sampling record with largely self-recorded sources. All the sounds are organic or conventionally instrumental in nature, but they're juxtaposed in acoustically impossible ways; everything sounds simultaneously hyper-realistic, plausibly real, yet absolutely artificial, impossible and composed

Anyone else heard these? The descriptions make me want to want to head straight toward ebay.

Z S, Thursday, 14 February 2008 04:16 (twelve years ago) link

I listened to Soundbytes tonight...pretty good stuff. The first song sounds great. I want to use it in a film.

Tape Store, Thursday, 14 February 2008 04:50 (twelve years ago) link

So, uh, I found some Japanese music magazines in the trash the other morning, and one of 'em has an interview with Sakamoto & some photos. Anyone who reads Japanese interested?

ian, Thursday, 14 February 2008 06:25 (twelve years ago) link

'Chasm' sounds like he took careful notes on Fennesz' signal path and went out and bought all the same software -- parts are impressively glitched out for extended periods of time and I like a few of the tracks all right

His new ambient album with Christopher Willits 'Ocean Fire' is beautiful.

Milton Parker, Thursday, 14 February 2008 22:46 (twelve years ago) link

what about his soundtrack to silk? haven't seen the film, but i think pretty much everything he has done of late has been near flawless. cendre was one of my most listened to albums of last year.

r1o natsume, Thursday, 14 February 2008 23:18 (twelve years ago) link

STILL haven't heard a thousand knives though.

r1o natsume, Thursday, 14 February 2008 23:19 (twelve years ago) link

Summer Nerves !

matinee, Friday, 15 February 2008 00:13 (twelve years ago) link

Thousand Knives is my fav though

matinee, Friday, 15 February 2008 00:14 (twelve years ago) link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LI2mHRycJ4&feature=related

Tape Store, Friday, 15 February 2008 02:17 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

I don't have anything bad to say about Ryuichi Sakamoto apart from the fact that his catalogue is so deep that I'm always finding something that I don't already have. If anything is inessential, it's the multiple collections of already released stuff, and perhaps the one that collects the work he did for commercials. But I almost always still enjoy them.

Even though I know they're not necessarily his best, I still have a soft spot for Illustrated Musical Encyclopaedia, Neo Geo and Beauty - the lush pop he was doing back was something that helped to move me away from a diet of strictly commercial music.

Just picked up a newish double CD on Decca called Playing the Piano / Out of Noise...First CD is solo piano reinterpretations of some of his soundtrack and pop work, and it's really hitting the spot. The other one explores where noise and environment intersect, apparently with some of it recorded underwater and on top of glaciers in Greenland...and some of this is supposed to follow along from some of the work he's done with Alva Noto. Haven't listened through much of it yet but I'm hoping it'll also become a favourite like some of the work he's done with Carsten and Fennesz over the last few years.

There's a quote in the liner notes for this one about how typically as people get older their musical tastes tend to get narrower, but that he's finding his getting wider thanks to his exposure to this new generation of musician collaborators and compatriots...I like to think that I'm along for the ride of continual palette expansion too, but I have to admit that he's certainly helping me along in that regard.

Sean Carruthers, Friday, 5 February 2010 02:22 (ten years ago) link

i sold him a copy of bonjour tristesse

figuratively, but in a very real way (amateurist), Friday, 5 February 2010 09:03 (ten years ago) link

He's gone way too minimal and glitchy lately. The HASYMO single he was part of a few years is my last favorite thing by him. Those chords!

Search GEM Collection if you can find it. It's a wonderful collection of synthy odds n' ends from the early to mid 80's that spans a variety of styles - from J Pop to Fairlight + beatbox exercises.

François de Roobabe (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 5 February 2010 11:22 (ten years ago) link

a few years ago

François de Roobabe (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 5 February 2010 11:23 (ten years ago) link

five months pass...

he is very attractive

by another name (amateurist), Friday, 23 July 2010 01:20 (nine years ago) link

he might win the women think he's the hottest category, true

iago g., Friday, 23 July 2010 01:24 (nine years ago) link

I've been listening the fuck out of Esperanto since r1o posted his thread on it the other day. I probably like it even more than 1000 Knives.

fidel castro clone (corey), Friday, 23 July 2010 02:31 (nine years ago) link

six months pass...

To anyone who didn't like Illustrated Musical Encyclopedia - seek out the Japanese version, called Ongaku Zukan; only about half the tracks from the original release wound up on the American version. This one includes "Replica" which is absolutely stunning and one of my favorite pieces of his.

B-2 Unit and Esperanto are indeed great albums, but they took me forever to really get into, especially the latter. Kind of minimal but very cool and revolutionary. Also seek the "Warhead" 12" and the "Forbidden Colours" single with the Bamboo tracks. Otherwise if you're in the market for more cool experimental electronic stuff, you can always check out Hosono's discography.

frogbs, Monday, 14 February 2011 20:03 (nine years ago) link

three weeks pass...


Search GEM Collection if you can find it. It's a wonderful collection of synthy odds n' ends from the early to mid 80's that spans a variety of styles - from J Pop to Fairlight + beatbox exercises.

― François de Roobabe (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, February 5, 2010 5:22 AM (1 year ago)

I can't find this anywhere — halp

corey, Sunday, 13 March 2011 17:23 (nine years ago) link

also the alternate mix of "Happy End" that's on the Arrangement EP is the shit — should've been on BGM imo

corey, Sunday, 13 March 2011 18:33 (nine years ago) link

Never heard the Arrangement EP; this is more Left Handed Dream stuff isn't it? Loved that album

Currently have an RS tune stuck in my head, but can't remember what it is!! The only line is "good morning, good evening, where are you?"

frogbs, Monday, 14 March 2011 14:35 (nine years ago) link

half the tracks are versions of LHD songs with added lyrics sung by Robin Scott (the "Pop Musik" guy). I don't really like them, but the second half are tracks that weren't on the album (with the different mix of "Happy End")

corey, Monday, 14 March 2011 14:37 (nine years ago) link

"good morning, good evening, where are you?"

this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0ycccAwO7I

corey, Monday, 14 March 2011 14:39 (nine years ago) link

There's a nice update of that song on the Playing the Piano album - I'm pretty sure that's one of the tracks he played during his Toronto concert too.

Sean Carruthers, Monday, 14 March 2011 14:41 (nine years ago) link

I'll have to check it out then...that's one of his best albums, I always randomly get "Venezia" stuck in my head too

Recently got a few Akiko Yano albums; no thread about her here but so far her early albums (at least) seem to really be a treat...anyone heard of them??

frogbs, Monday, 14 March 2011 15:24 (nine years ago) link

I've heard "Ai Ga Nakucha Ne" (sp) — has all the YMO members contributing music iirc and a duet with David Sylvian. Her voice is nice, has kind of a young Kate Bush timbre

corey, Monday, 14 March 2011 15:39 (nine years ago) link

I like Japanese Girl and I have a great more recent album that I have no idea what it's called because it's nearly all in japanese.

Ah, her website is also in English, it's called 'Honto No Kimochi' and it's aces.

MaresNest, Monday, 14 March 2011 15:51 (nine years ago) link

The album that is..

MaresNest, Monday, 14 March 2011 15:51 (nine years ago) link

I've been listening to a lot of YMO over the last few years but hadn't really heard much of their solo works up until recently. I did own Illustrated Musical Encyclopedia for a while but just couldn't get into it. I gave B-2 Unit a listen and sadly that didn't click either. I did listen to a lot of Yukihiro Takahashi's albums and fell in love with the run he did from 80-83. I think I prefer his work as it's more similar to the more poppy moments of YMO, especially Naughty Boys which is one of my favourite albums of all time. I really loved Immigrants by the Sandii & The Sunsetz and Tutu by Miharu Koshi which were both produced by Haruomi Hosono. I tried one of his albums but it was a bit harder to get into. If anyone has any other suggestions of which albums I should try that would be greatly appreciated.

Kitchen Person, Monday, 14 March 2011 15:53 (nine years ago) link

Have you heard Sadistic Mika Band?

MaresNest, Monday, 14 March 2011 15:57 (nine years ago) link

Is there a track with David Sylvian on the new one?..,

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Monday, 3 April 2017 22:45 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

new album is pretty amazing

^
i really like the combination of introspective, lyrical piano pieces with sound art tracks on async.

Alex in Spree-Athen (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 8 May 2017 10:15 (three years ago) link

Great album

Jay Elettronica Viva (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 8 May 2017 13:32 (three years ago) link

yup

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 8 May 2017 15:42 (three years ago) link

he's in NYC next weekend for a film retro of his scores

https://quadcinema.com/program/forbidden-colours-ryuichi-sakamoto-at-the-movies/

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Monday, 8 May 2017 15:45 (three years ago) link

The Revenant too recent for a retrospective?

a landlocked exclave (mh), Monday, 8 May 2017 15:54 (three years ago) link

could be

also an arthouse venue

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Monday, 8 May 2017 16:04 (three years ago) link

true

a landlocked exclave (mh), Monday, 8 May 2017 16:05 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

while aysnc just breezed by like a cool autumn day on the first few listens, I've recently returned to it and found it to be a stunner. I thought his previous solo album Out of Noise was kind of boring but I really like the "14 flavors of ambient" thing going on here, not to mention how the title/theme "async" manifests itself in several ways. I wish it was a bit more melodic but only because the actual melodies on here are absolutely gorgeous. I like the plinky plonky stuff. Reminds me a bit of The Ship by Eno, not in any thematic way but rather how the openness and sense of space lets you hear the compositions in a number of ways.

frogbs, Tuesday, 8 May 2018 15:01 (two years ago) link

also it occurred to me that this is sort of a spiritual successor to B-2 Unit and Esperanto in some ways

frogbs, Tuesday, 8 May 2018 15:02 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

Doco & a concert film coming our way soon, which likely means US/UK audience have already had a chance to see them - any good?

Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA
Ryuichi Sakamoto: async Live at the Park Avenue Armory

etc, Monday, 23 July 2018 08:15 (one year ago) link

doc is playing in NY, haven't seen it yet

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Monday, 23 July 2018 10:07 (one year ago) link

There was a one-off showing in DC that I missed. Read that it shows his interest in director Tarkovsky

curmudgeon, Monday, 23 July 2018 16:53 (one year ago) link

Last fall a friend told me a story about Ryuichi Sakamoto, the renowned musician and composer who lives in the West Village. Mr. Sakamoto, it seems, so likes a particular Japanese restaurant in Murray Hill, and visits it so often, that he finally had to be straight with the chef: He could not bear the music it played for its patrons.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/23/dining/restaurant-music-playlists-ryuichi-sakamoto.html

o. nate, Tuesday, 24 July 2018 01:03 (one year ago) link

Tony Rayns in sight and sound said:

Moderately interesting but deeply unsatisfying, this not-very-intimate portrait of the musician Sakamoto Ryuichi covers a lot of ground without revealing or even suggesting anything surprising to anyone who has followed Sakamoto’s career...

His private life was evidently off-limits: there’s no mention of either of his marriages, or of his reportedly on-going relationship with his manager, with whom he has two children. As far as the film is concerned, Sakamoto lives and works alone...

Television’s appetite for films like this one is so voracious that most pass by more or less unexamined; criticism of the form of such ‘arts docs’ remains stuck at a fairly primitive level...

Schible’s film is far from the worst offender among recent arts docs, {but while} Its picture of Sakamoto recovering from cancer and getting his musical juices flowing again is mildly diverting, its impact is minimal and its methods are desultory.

Britain's Sexiest Cow (jed_), Tuesday, 24 July 2018 01:34 (one year ago) link

actually, I can paste the whole review from a pdf, if you want, but that's pretty much it.

Britain's Sexiest Cow (jed_), Tuesday, 24 July 2018 01:36 (one year ago) link

fwiw, Rayns had much more interesting things to say about Schrader's First Reformed in the same issue. He didn't like that either.

Britain's Sexiest Cow (jed_), Tuesday, 24 July 2018 01:39 (one year ago) link

amazing detail in that restaurant music piece:

It was also not very loud, and here we arrive at an issue that may concern older customers more than younger ones. Mr. Sakamoto objects to loud restaurant music, and often uses a decibel meter on his phone to measure the volume of the sound around him.

would love to eat at a restaurant with that playlist tbh.

Roz, Tuesday, 24 July 2018 04:45 (one year ago) link

I want to eat in that restuarnat the next time I am in NYC

curmudgeon, Friday, 27 July 2018 04:38 (one year ago) link

that sakamoto dinner time playlist is excellent, by the way.

for those with spotify, search "The Kajitsu Playlist". it's good BGM for dinner, perhaps, but it's also good BGM for wandering around your house and living

Karl Malone, Friday, 27 July 2018 16:00 (one year ago) link

cool, thx

sleeve, Friday, 27 July 2018 16:04 (one year ago) link

Saw the film last night in San Francisco, absolutely loved it

joshywinty (josh), Saturday, 28 July 2018 22:28 (one year ago) link

I saw sakamoto in kajitsu a few years ago! it's a wonderful restaurant.

I can't say I loved the doc, but if you're a fan, I see no reason not to catch it. it's enjoyable. I esp liked the field recording scenes.

not much YMO content tho, it's pretty focused on his solo material and especially the last few years. I caught a Q&A session with RS and the director and they mentioned that interviews with hosono and takahashi specifically conducted for the film were edited out. oof!

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Thursday, 2 August 2018 18:23 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Caught 'Coda' on telly last night. A very ambient documentary, no real narrative, just being able to see Sakamoto hunt for and record sounds, playing about in the studio, reminiscing. Needles to say I loved it. What a handsome man he is, too. See this if you can.

Favourite scene: Him trying to get a nice sound on his terrace. He puts a glass vase upside down to record the ticking of the rain drops, but it's not quite what he's after. He then picks up a blue bucket, looks at it for a while, and then puts it on his head, steps outside, and we see him from behind listening to the rain fall on the bucket on his head. Tranquil and endearing.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 7 September 2018 07:33 (one year ago) link

yea I've heard a lot about what this doc *isn't* so I've been wondering what exactly it is. if it's just 2 hours of him messing around i'll still watch it

frogbs, Friday, 7 September 2018 13:55 (one year ago) link

I saw it a couple of months ago, and I thought it was great. Doesn't interrogate him very hard, but it's a v enjoyable 90 mins of hanging out with an interesting guy who does interesting things in an interesting way.

bamboohouses, Friday, 7 September 2018 14:47 (one year ago) link

@Britain's Sexiest Cow (jed_)
Could you please post the full review of Tony Wayns of Coda? I'm very interested to know what else he said. I searched with Google but could not find the review.
Thanks!

brunhild, Wednesday, 19 September 2018 03:47 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

anybody heard the 2015 deluxe reissue of Ongaku Zukan/Illustrated Musical Encyclopedia? fully loaded with bonus tracks + a whole extra disc of unreleased stuff

brimstead, Thursday, 25 October 2018 02:24 (one year ago) link

Wow! No, but I want to.

An Uphill Battle For Legumes (Capitaine Jay Vee), Thursday, 25 October 2018 03:11 (one year ago) link

It's fantastic. Also, weirdly, it's on Spotify (and I presume a bunch of other stream/download sites): https://open.spotify.com/album/2CI4X2v5UpNLxh6RFpspHR?si=YJFSsKveR9Sj-oPc_lZ5OA

The original Ongakuzukan tracklisting is so much better than the Illustrated Musical Encyclopedia version...

bamboohouses, Thursday, 25 October 2018 07:45 (one year ago) link

It astonishes me that someone with a back catalogue as sprawling as Sakamoto's still has over an hour's worth of unreleased material, makes you wonder how much more there is.

GG Allin: The Musical (Matt #2), Thursday, 25 October 2018 08:27 (one year ago) link

uh wow, that looks pretty excellent. will have to be on the lookout.

I wonder if there's any overlap with this:

https://www.discogs.com/Ryuichi-Sakamoto-Works-I-CM/release/2283320

which is mostly Sakamoto doing commercial music, but believe it or not, it's very good

frogbs, Thursday, 25 October 2018 13:39 (one year ago) link

Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence and Hidariude No Yume were also reissued with bonus discs of outtakes and unreleased stuff, and then there's been four volumes of the Year Book series (the latest volume of which, 1985-1989, has five discs). I think there's a LOT of stuff in the vault!

bamboohouses, Thursday, 25 October 2018 14:24 (one year ago) link

I love his commercial music!

brimstead, Thursday, 25 October 2018 14:45 (one year ago) link

listening to the Ongaku Zukan/Illustrated Musical Encyclopedia reissue now, thanks for the head's up! speaking of sakamoto:

.@0PN's next EP for @WarpRecords includes a remix by master composer @ryuichisakamoto https://t.co/FeSnqS0MxL

— Resident Advisor (@residentadvisor) October 25, 2018

Karl Malone, Thursday, 25 October 2018 17:36 (one year ago) link

four weeks pass...

Listening to this as well. A lot of it is basically his fusion album – Japanese melodies over Gaucho-ish horn arrangements, Fairlights pads and electronic percussion. It goes down pretty easily but has some nice 80s production touches. The first track was stuck in head this am and is a full-on YMO reunion cum big band. YMBB?

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 22 November 2018 14:46 (one year ago) link

This = Ongaku Zukan

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 22 November 2018 14:52 (one year ago) link

Also, listening to this makes me realize how long it took before I really *got* Sakamoto. I think my first exposure to him was on Sylvian’s first several records and Gentlemen Take Polaroids . I also read the entry about him in the Trouser Press Record Guide (an early bible for me) – the descriptions of his pedigree and Japanese-Western fusion experiments made his records sound incredibly exotic but very little of his catalogue (or YMO’s) was available then (early 90s).

When I finally heard Neo Geo, the followup to Ongaku and produced by Bill Laswell (Sakamoto was kind of the designated Fairlight guy in his Session All-Stars around that time – he’s the one noodling at the beginning of the last track on PiL’s Album), I was a little underwhelmed. It was the first of his own releases featuring big names, and while there were hints of what I would eventually love about him, it had fewer textural experiments and less ambition than I had hoped for. The same was largely true of Heartbeat, the two solid Sylvian collaborations aside.

It was only when I happened upon a cutout Dutch copy of Left Handed Dream and Technodelic at Borders Books and Music that I began to understand what the fuss was about. Yes, he can be overly sentimental at times but at its best the orchestral and Japanese formalism sounds fabulous juxtaposed with various electronic experiments.

Even still, it’s never been very easy to get a complete picture of his output – I’ve still never seen a physical copy of B-2 Unit and I literally just heard Illustrated/Ongaku this week, which are hugely important records in his catalogue.

Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 23 November 2018 17:27 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUaNz9M8fs8

this is extremely cool

frogbs, Saturday, 27 April 2019 04:07 (one year ago) link

maybe my favorite single of the year thus far actually

frogbs, Friday, 3 May 2019 14:45 (one year ago) link

ten months pass...

Over the last month I've been really diving into his solo works (with some mixed results). I've been delighted to find albums such as B-2 Unit and Esperanto have finally clicked with me. The original version of Illustrated Musical Encyclopedia was a revelation too. Async was the clear standout of his later works although there's still a lot I haven't listened to.

The biggest find is the Works I - CM compilation mentioned a couple of times on this thread by frogbs. That is an incredible collection of music that I've probably played ten times in the last week alone. Great tip on that one!

kitchen person, Thursday, 26 March 2020 17:29 (two months ago) link

Isn’t it though? Love it!

brimstead, Thursday, 26 March 2020 18:34 (two months ago) link

I honestly can't stop listening to it. I notice there is a volume two as well. Hopefully that's a similar quality as I'm going to need another fix soon.

kitchen person, Thursday, 26 March 2020 20:19 (two months ago) link

nice, thanks for bumping it!

Karl Malone, Thursday, 26 March 2020 20:23 (two months ago) link

https://pc.video.dmkt-sp.jp/ft/s0007155

It looks like Sakamoto is doing a live streaming performance next week on something called DTV, who also seem to be streaming a few other gigs of his from the last few years.

It being a Japanese streaming site, it appears to be completely locked down (I couldn't get anything to play even with a VPN) but someone here might have better luck than me?

bamboohouses, Friday, 27 March 2020 18:11 (two months ago) link

So the stream seems to be up and running here: https://pc.video.dmkt-sp.jp/ti/10000238
Working fine VPN'ed into Japan.

They're showing a 2011 gig now, apparently the live stream starts at 7pm Japan time. (11am here in London!)

bamboohouses, Thursday, 2 April 2020 09:37 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

hmm not sure if that worked... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6td9KUZMfw

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Monday, 18 May 2020 07:20 (two weeks ago) link


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