ヾ(=゚・゚=)ノニャン♪ RYUICHI SAKAMOTO - ESPERANTO ♪ンャニヾ(=゚・゚=)ノ

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anyone else love this album? completely insane early sampler music. it was recorded for a ballet performed by some new york dance troupe and features arto lindsay and yas kaz

sounds like digital gamelan, dissonant yet melodic, ambient and beautiful in places, lots of grainy low bitrate vintage sampler artifacts, w/ that weird mutant groove that sakamoto is so good at

unfortunately hard to come by but does turn up on vinyl every now and then -- needs to be reissued immediately

it's kinda the final experimental stage of sakamoto's work before he became a global pop star; it's not until much later that he started making experimental electronic music again

i think this is one of the strangest records i've ever heard

不合作的方式 (r1o natsume), Monday, 12 July 2010 01:24 (eleven years ago) link

have a youtube:


不合作的方式 (r1o natsume), Monday, 12 July 2010 01:26 (eleven years ago) link

I enjoy this.

An Ingénue is Lost in the Woods (Policeman, Policeman, Come Quickly), Monday, 12 July 2010 12:35 (eleven years ago) link

yes it's good. Need to revisit this one.

¿Can Your Gato Do the Perro? (Capitaine Jay Vee), Monday, 12 July 2010 17:29 (eleven years ago) link

love this album

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Monday, 12 July 2010 17:30 (eleven years ago) link

love when the john carpenter synths bust into the first track

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Monday, 12 July 2010 17:31 (eleven years ago) link

definitely my favorite record of his & still sounds strange (although this sounds less like experimental music than it once did, now it just sounds good)

one of those things that badly needs to be reissued (with the 15 minute ambient b-side 'Exhibition' from the 'Field Work' 12" as a bonus track)

& yeah it was the high water mark for his experimental approach, his solo records had been getting seemingly weirder up until this point with this one going even further than 'B-2 Unit', but then he kind of got serious about his post-YMO solo career and went for slick cosmopolitan global-village world-music pop like 'Beauty'. Those albums aren't my thing (there's maybe the occasional track, but even those you sort of have to squint to enjoy), but the whole global-village aesthetic really started on this one, language & folk music from around the world sliced and diced down into completely bizarre sound music

cool to see other posts on it

Milton Parker, Monday, 12 July 2010 17:31 (eleven years ago) link

thanks for posting milton, it was actually some posts by you that tipped me off on this album

there's some fairly strange stuff on illustrated music encyclopaedia, but nothing comes even close to "exhibition". the idea of putting a 15 minute sampler experiment as the b-side of a 12" pop single with thomas dolby blows my mind

there's a video on youtube of sakamoto performing this great track called "cafe lotus" on youtube, rocking an emulator ii and a dx7 at some temple in bali. i can't for the life of me work out where the track is from but it's very good and in the esperanto style. i wonder if this was his setup for the album?

不合作的方式 (r1o natsume), Friday, 16 July 2010 21:10 (eleven years ago) link

good to know! hadn't seen this. getting a little too much mileage out of the dx7 tubular bells patch but the kecak emulator loop is fun


Milton Parker, Monday, 19 July 2010 01:06 (eleven years ago) link

That first youtube sounds like Bruce Gilbert's Insiding, which was commissioned for a ballet.

bamcquern, Monday, 19 July 2010 03:31 (eleven years ago) link

Have you heard this?

bamcquern, Monday, 19 July 2010 03:34 (eleven years ago) link

Not exactly like Insiding. It reminds me, is all.

bamcquern, Monday, 19 July 2010 03:35 (eleven years ago) link

Gotta hear this stuff.

abstract sand patterns, representing water (corey), Monday, 19 July 2010 04:22 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...


small pic

Yasuaki Shimizu from Made to Measure series

bamcquern, Tuesday, 24 August 2010 15:25 (eleven years ago) link

four months pass...

fans and disciples of this record MUST watch the below youtubes. extracts from a performance in 1985 of ryuichi sakamoto and radical tv, continuing in the avant sampling style of Esperanto but heavier and noisier -- out of sync electro loops, huge gated drums, frantically transposed vocal samples, a Neubauten loop and some Mahler, alongside a huge Sony jumbotron screen (the largest video screen in the world at that point) projecting primitive digital video edits and computer graphics while sakamoto bounces around behind his gear in a boiler suit

essential viewing, basically


was reissued on DVD in 2005 so should be still available, somewhere

missingNO, Monday, 17 January 2011 09:10 (ten years ago) link

i guess there's not many ryuichi sakamoto fans here

missingNO, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 01:43 (ten years ago) link

I love Sakamoto! I hadn't bookmarked this thread though. You should check out the thread for Interior/Testpattern if you're interested.

=(^ • ‿‿ • ^)= (corey), Tuesday, 18 January 2011 01:45 (ten years ago) link

I really really love that one song, uh... corey what's the name of thar song I really like?

Haven't heard much else though

lamey g. curtis (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 18 January 2011 01:45 (ten years ago) link

this one?


=(^ • ‿‿ • ^)= (corey), Tuesday, 18 January 2011 01:52 (ten years ago) link

i guess there's not many ryuichi sakamoto fans here
― missingNO, Tuesday, January 18, 2011 1:43 AM (18 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

don't post on a sunday if you want people to respond

jaxon, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 02:03 (ten years ago) link

those youtubes are great. Holger Hiller was definitely hip to Esperanto before doing the Ohi Ho Bang Bang videos but I wonder if he knew about these Radical TV videos as well

nothing to do with anything:

Milton Parker, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 02:26 (ten years ago) link

seven years pass...

I'd been looking out for this album since I discovered it here, but just ordered it on discogs. Listening to it in full now, I feel like this is the Sakamoto I've always been looking for (but gave up after being misled by “Beauty”): just the right combination of avant garde experimentation, quirky almost popish elements, and alluring weirdness. Very curious what it was like to hear in its original time and context.

ed.b, Sunday, 9 December 2018 04:05 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

This is finally getting reissued on WeWantSounds!

willem, Thursday, 23 September 2021 08:13 (two months ago) link

Listening to this right now, as someone said above, would never have believed it's from 1985.

Porking level G4 (Boring, Maryland), Thursday, 23 September 2021 14:52 (two months ago) link

yeah the only thing I can think of in that era that sounds similar is Hosono's Monad stuff

frogbs, Thursday, 23 September 2021 14:58 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

This is finally getting reissued on WeWantSounds!🕸

Forgot I ordered this - what a lovely surprise to find it in the mail yesterday. It's a great reissue, so glad to finally own a copy. Nice liner notes by Andy B.

willem, Saturday, 20 November 2021 07:20 (one week ago) link

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