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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

bahtology, Wednesday, 31 December 2003 22:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Thursday, 1 January 2004 00:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Left Handed Dream is WONDERFUL!

Andy K (Andy K), Thursday, 1 January 2004 01:15 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Saturday, 26 November 2005 05:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

here is the other sakamoto thread

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Saturday, 26 November 2005 11:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I knew Patrick would know.

thanks for the link.

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

amazing, thanks for the info.

s/g, Friday, 2 June 2006 13:43 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (ten years ago) Permalink

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

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

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 (ten years ago) Permalink

Search: Tony Takitani OST

Steve Shasta, Tuesday, 3 July 2007 18:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

"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 (ten years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

'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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

'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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

STILL haven't heard a thousand knives though.

r1o natsume, Thursday, 14 February 2008 23:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

Summer Nerves !

matinee, Friday, 15 February 2008 00:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

Thousand Knives is my fav though

matinee, Friday, 15 February 2008 00:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

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

Tape Store, Friday, 15 February 2008 02:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

i sold him a copy of bonjour tristesse

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

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

a few years ago

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

five months pass...

he is very attractive

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

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

iago g., Friday, 23 July 2010 01:24 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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

this?

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

corey, Monday, 14 March 2011 14:39 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

The album that is..

MaresNest, Monday, 14 March 2011 15:51 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

Have you heard Sadistic Mika Band?

MaresNest, Monday, 14 March 2011 15:57 (six years ago) Permalink

oof, how awful. all the best to him :(

Maggie killed Quagmire (collest baby ever) (frogbs), Friday, 18 July 2014 18:32 (three years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Anyone who's a fan, if music that sounds like a combination of Naughty Boys and Ongaku Zukan appeals to you, search out the Works I - CM disc. It's basically a comp of all the commercial music Sakamoto composed between 1982 and 1984, a lot sounding like YMO outtakes, though most are instrumental. Akiko Yano is on a few fits. Nothing too adventurous but it's essentially Sakamoto's own version of Coincidental Music.

Maggie killed Quagmire (collest baby ever) (frogbs), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 20:21 (two years ago) Permalink

CM/TV is also excellent

Deverly (Bangelo), Tuesday, 23 September 2014 21:28 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah, those comps are great. "perky jean" is a favorite:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55pAtVe-7VE

original bgm, Wednesday, 24 September 2014 02:30 (two years ago) Permalink

this gets stuck in my head a lot

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiz1dEJ3l7M

clouds, Wednesday, 24 September 2014 02:39 (two years ago) Permalink

YOU! YOU!

clouds, Wednesday, 24 September 2014 02:39 (two years ago) Permalink

hahaha awesome

original bgm, Wednesday, 24 September 2014 02:49 (two years ago) Permalink

CM/TV is also excellent

yup I'm listening to it now; it's mostly the same tunes though isn't it?

Maggie killed Quagmire (collest baby ever) (frogbs), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 12:29 (two years ago) Permalink

whoa, there's a Penguin Cafe Orchestra cover on here (???)

Maggie killed Quagmire (collest baby ever) (frogbs), Wednesday, 24 September 2014 13:08 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Turns 63 today!!

Abstinence Hawk (frogbs), Saturday, 17 January 2015 07:10 (two years ago) Permalink

he's a god.

soyrev, Saturday, 17 January 2015 08:33 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

I recently got Beauty based on the Allmusic review and "album pick" status. I'm now halfway through and holy crap, this is maybe one of the worst albums I've purchased in years.

ed.b, Friday, 3 April 2015 03:42 (two years ago) Permalink

Every time I see this thread bumped I fear I'm going to read that he's died.

Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 3 April 2015 04:32 (two years ago) Permalink

xp "beauty" hasn't aged well it's true

i had the same thought, wish him well.

clouds, Friday, 3 April 2015 05:29 (two years ago) Permalink

Oh God, me too, hope he's doing well.

According to the YMO Media Fan's FB page there's another mad exhibition of YMO's gear and artwork in Japan somewhere, lot's of geeky photo's of their equipment popping up.

MaresNest, Friday, 3 April 2015 09:25 (two years ago) Permalink

I myself don't have the slightest problem with Beauty or any other music "aging" objectively (if that were possible). I have aged; I've found my tastes have expanded, taking in and not excluding anything I have seriously enjoyed before. I'm still enjoying Beauty as I did back in the day, and still find it one of his best realised albums.

on the cancer front, the latest news is he's beaten it.

there's a slew of MIDI/Alfa reissues of the early stuff (up to and including Esperanto) that's been released recently, nice 2-cd edition of Ongaku Zukan and other stuff. details here: http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/MDCL-5034

Max Florian, Friday, 3 April 2015 10:17 (two years ago) Permalink

Oh wow, that's AWESOME!

MaresNest, Friday, 3 April 2015 10:21 (two years ago) Permalink

really? i would be so happy! my internet is garbage right now so i actually can't check, but last i looked (~a month ago) his website still had the cancer notice posted...

soyrev, Friday, 3 April 2015 10:58 (two years ago) Permalink

Didn't realize he was sick :( Hope he legitimately has beaten it though.

I've been passovely looking out for copies of Esperanto ever since I saw the thread on it here. Apropos S/D, what else is good in that vein (i.e. more,mfor lack of a better word, "weird")?

ed.b, Friday, 3 April 2015 11:44 (two years ago) Permalink

Every time I see this thread bumped I fear I'm going to read that he's died.

no kidding, really glad to see he's doing better

Beauty is still decent to my ears, I still think "Amore" is one of the best songs he's ever done. If you don't like it definitely don't get any of the albums that followed it until 1996, cuz I do think he tailed off quite a bit afterwards.

Abstinence Hawk (frogbs), Friday, 3 April 2015 14:32 (two years ago) Permalink

Smoochy was 1996 and that's fantastic, or is that what you're saying, that the 1990-95 period is underwhelming, but then he rallied?

soref, Friday, 3 April 2015 14:36 (two years ago) Permalink

I too love Smoochy, and Heartbeat (1992) as well. I also think Chasm, his last 'glitch pop' album (2004) is grand. He mostly fell off my radar after that, mainly because that minimal ambient electronica is not my forte, but I'm meaning to check all that newer stuff too. There's nothing in his catalogue that's inherently bad - his output being so diversified, it's just a matter of what's up your alley at any given time.

Max Florian, Friday, 3 April 2015 15:02 (two years ago) Permalink

xp yeah that's what I'm saying, don't remember much of Smoochy but that sort of lighter, more hip-hop driven pop he was doing never really did it for me. the album 1996 was pretty damn good though and cast a new light on a lot of those tunes.

Chasm was one of the first I'd heard from him and I thought it was awesome - it was his first new album since I'd gotten into him and I kinda figured he'd be doing albums like it for a long time, just long amalgams of his entire career like that. I'm not much a fan of the recent collabs he's done with people like Fennesz and Alva Noto, putting harsh distortion over minimal piano bits isn't interesting in the slightest to me. Still wanna hear his newer solo piano stuff.

Abstinence Hawk (frogbs), Friday, 3 April 2015 15:17 (two years ago) Permalink

I've been passovely looking out for copies of Esperanto ever since I saw the thread on it here. Apropos S/D, what else is good in that vein (i.e. more,mfor lack of a better word, "weird")?

― ed.b, Friday, April 3, 2015 6:44 AM (2 hours ago)

b-2 unit is his other really weird one, more like early 80s post punk/industrial bricolage electro -- sounds v advanced for the time

ongaku zukan is probably my most played album by him but it is more in a melodic art pop vein but still quite experimental in parts.

futurista has a couple tracks that sound like esperanto but suspect you will hate some of the pop songs (w/ the vocalist from the peech boys)

the "field work" single's b-side "exhibition" is still the strangest music he's ever done -- and one of the best.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLm5hvuhtWA

the entire piece is 15 mins

clouds, Friday, 3 April 2015 15:26 (two years ago) Permalink

Search: Thousand Knives (!!), B2 Unit (!!), Tokyo Joe, Adventures of Chatran OST, CBL (!!), Disappearance, Cinemage, CM / TV (!! seriously astonishing collection of TV spots and the like), Comica, Derrida OST, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence OST (!!), Ongaku Zukan, Playing the Piano (extended Japanese version has some worthwhile additions), Smoochy OST, Shining Boy & Little Randy OST (!!), Silk OST (!!), Soundbytes comp (!!), Soundtracks live comp (!!), High Heels OST, UTAU instrumentals disc, Wuthering Heights OST, Year Book 2005-2014, /04 (!!), /05 (!!), 1996 (!! w/ bonus tracks why not)
Consider: Chasm (lot of dreck, but some unbelievable stuff on there), BTTB, Casa, A Day in New York, The End Of Asia, Esperanto, Heartbeat (lotta shit, some greatness), Image Sketch, Little Buddha OST, Century of Reform (some dumb arrangement choices but the "Rhodes Version" tracks are top tier new age/ambient), Futurista, Neo Geo, Out Of Noise, Three, Harakiri OST, all of his late period collaborations with western ambient people
Destroy: Bricolages (mostly boring remixes by other artists), Femme Fatale OST, Summer Nerves, fuckawful Sweet Revenge album (though title track is gold), UTAU, トニー滝谷

and more, but fuck it

soyrev, Friday, 3 April 2015 15:31 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Can anybody help? The music on this vid at 5:15 onwards, I think it is really well known, is it a Sakamoto piece? Killing me...

https://youtu.be/-XVIFadHzZ8?t=5m14s

MaresNest, Monday, 20 July 2015 11:19 (two years ago) Permalink

nope, not so well known. seems to be a version of material from Ryuichi's (completely gorgeous) Shining Boy & Little Randy OST. Ryuichi rearranges and re-titles themes all the time in his soundtracks, so without relistening through the whole thing i can't say for sure that this version isn't on the soundtrack itself, but knowing him and the circumstances it's probably one of his self-covers. nobody does a better job of consistently reimagining their own material...

skimming the soundtrack now it sounds like this uses bits and pieces throughout the whole thing, most of which isn't on youtube, but here's the full-blown theme itself

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Cj3Sy1nf1s

soyrev, Monday, 20 July 2015 11:33 (two years ago) Permalink

if you dig it, you'd profit well from tracking down as much of his soundtrack work and self-cover albums as you can. it's astonishing how much gutting pentatonic beauty he keeps on deck

soyrev, Monday, 20 July 2015 11:35 (two years ago) Permalink

after some more itunes spelunking, the version on the /05 live piano album is closer to what you hear in your video

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

soyrev, Monday, 20 July 2015 11:40 (two years ago) Permalink

Thanks so much! I have /05, I quickly zipped through /04 and Playing The Piano but couldn't find it, what a lovely track.

MaresNest, Monday, 20 July 2015 11:49 (two years ago) Permalink

nice! the Shining Boy OST, if you don't have it, has some really nice variations on the theme, less over-the-top than the one in that youtube

soyrev, Monday, 20 July 2015 11:57 (two years ago) Permalink

I will check it out, I'm def in the mood for some melancholic Sakamoto piano.

MaresNest, Monday, 20 July 2015 13:01 (two years ago) Permalink

six months pass...
eleven months pass...

New album announced -- sole details in email:

20170428

2XLP + CD + DIGITAL

A little more at his site:

http://www.sitesakamoto.com/

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 17 January 2017 15:24 (six months ago) Permalink

geez, what is it??

dude's been incredibly busy with soundtracks and collabs these last 10 years, but as far as actual studio material would this be the first since Out of Noise in 2009?

hard to believe Chasm was 13 years ago. that seemed like such a career-rejuvenating album at the time, like his entire resume on one disc. looking around now it appears the collabs were a bit more famous.

frogbs, Tuesday, 17 January 2017 15:31 (six months ago) Permalink

what I mean to say is, if it's anything other than solo piano or glitch-ambient I'll get excited

frogbs, Tuesday, 17 January 2017 15:31 (six months ago) Permalink

It's his 65th birthday today!

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 17 January 2017 16:12 (six months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

More piano + glitch?

http://pitchfork.com/news/71081-ryuichi-sakamoto-announces-new-album-async/

MaresNest, Thursday, 16 March 2017 10:26 (four months ago) Permalink

The beauty of "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence" makes me tear up to this day.

yesca, Thursday, 16 March 2017 18:49 (four months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

anyone hear the new one yet?

have just been alerted to the presence of Year Book 2005-2014, a compilation of commissioned work that thus far has gone unreleased. his other commercial music comps have been great so I would guess this one is as well.

frogbs, Monday, 3 April 2017 15:50 (three months ago) Permalink

Got the new one, and currently on a second listen.

In short, it's fab. Yes, it's ambient/glitch (which may disappoint a few upthread) but with a much less austere tonal palette than the collaboration records (where he was basically adding piano ornaments to other people's dronescapes, not that there's anything wrong with that). It's low key but colourful - lurrrrvely Prophet 5 chords on Zure, for example. And the odd melodic flourish that'll make you well up a bit in places too.

Will see how it plays out over subsequent listens, but I'm loving it so far. What with the Revenant soundtrack being his best OST in years, his post-illness return to work on such stellar form is an inspiring thing to behold.

bamboohouses, Monday, 3 April 2017 17:24 (three months ago) Permalink

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

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

one month passes...

new album is pretty amazing

I got da Midas touch as you fucking were LG x (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 3 May 2017 20:51 (two months ago) Permalink

^
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 (two months ago) Permalink

Great album

Jay Elettronica Viva (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 8 May 2017 13:32 (two months ago) Permalink

yup

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 8 May 2017 15:42 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

The Revenant too recent for a retrospective?

a landlocked exclave (mh), Monday, 8 May 2017 15:54 (two months ago) Permalink

could be

also an arthouse venue

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Monday, 8 May 2017 16:04 (two months ago) Permalink

true

a landlocked exclave (mh), Monday, 8 May 2017 16:05 (two months ago) Permalink


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