Ryuichi Sakamoto | someone who will not be taken away by time

Ryuichi Sakamoto | someone who will not be taken away by time

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Sakamoto Ryuichi Sakamoto was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1952. Graduated with a master's degree from Tokyo University of Fine Arts. He made his debut with the album "Thousand Knives" in 1978. In the same year, he formed YMO with Hiroshi Hosono and Yukio Takahashi. After the dissolution of the group, Ryuichi Sakamoto was active in music, film, publishing, advertising, and other media. In 1984, Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, who starred in and served as a film soundtrack, won the British Film Academy Award and won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a Grammy for the soundtrack of the Last Emperor. After that, the center of the activity shifted to Europe and the United States. Since the creation of the opera LIFE in 1999, he has participated in much environmental protection and peaceful activities, and established the music brand "commons" in 2006, to establish a new "music sharing place".

The emergence of the Yellow Magic Symphony Orchestra (Yellow Magic Orchestra/YMO), which he formed with Hiroshi Hosono and Yukio Takahashi, has achieved international success. hits include:\ & quot; ComputerGame/Firecracker\ & quot; (1978) and\ & quot; behind themask\ & quot; (1978) (the latter is written and sung by Ryuichi Sakamoto); At about the same time, he also began his development in pop music with the release of the album The Thousand Knives of Ryuichi Sakamoto (1978), followed by the release of the avant-garde electronic music album Bmer2 Unit (1980), which included the classic electronic music repertoire\ & quot; Riot in Lagos\ & quot, after the dissolution of YMO in 1983, he produced more solo albums and worked with many international musicians until the 1990s.

in 1983, he starred in the film Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, a Japanese battalion commander in a prison camp in Indonesia, in (Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence Theme). It was his first film starring British rockers David Bowie and Takeshi Kitano. He also wrote film music for the film, which was the first time he wrote music for the film, in which the theme song "No Color" (Forbidden Colours) sung by David Sylvian caused a sensation. The film soundtrack theme song "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" is also widely circulated and is one of Sakamoto's most classic works. The film music won the British Film Academy Award (BAFTA Award).

in 1987, the music for Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Last Emperor" (The Last Emperor) won Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, and Golden Globes, and played Masahiko Gamma, a Japanese military officer in the film. In 1988, Bernardo Bertolucci again played music for Bernardo Bertolucci's film "the obscured Sky" (The Sheltering Sky), and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Music. He also composed music for Pedro Almodovar's "High heels" and Oliver Stone's "Wild Palm" (Wild Palms), as well as the soundtrack of "Little living Buddha" (The Little Buddha), starring Keanu Reeves, and Oshima's closed-door film "Reign Dharma" by Sakamoto.

in the early 1990s, there was a brief reunion with YMO, and this cooperation had a groundbreaking impact on the acid house and techno movements during that period.

in addition, he composed and conducted the opening ceremony of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.

the commercial soundtrack Energy Flow (produced for Sangong Pharmaceutical in 1998 was included in the album Ura BTTB), to become the only song with pure music at the top of Japan's most credible Oricon singles chart, and the album sold more than a million copies in Japan. He wrote the opera LIFE in 1999. In the same year, he made another million achievements on the pop music list with the theme song of the movie "Railman", making unprecedented achievements in both word-of-mouth and business. Since 2002, we have cooperated with YMO members again to carry out activities. In 2006, create a new music brand "commons", hoping to establish a "music sharing place". Later, he participated in many environmental protection and peaceful activities and took several terrorist attacks in the United States at the same time as the opportunity to edit the commentary collection "Anti-War" and launched the forest reengineering and conservation program "More Trees", which was oriented towards pluralistic development.

was born in Nakano District, Tokyo in 1952. My father is the editor of Kawashi's study. He was in charge of Yukio Mishima, Noma Hiroshi, Kenji Nakamoto, and other writers named Ichigo Sakamoto. Mother is a hat designer. Because kindergarten is a place where "everyone practices the piano", he began to practice playing the piano at the age of three. In kindergarten, he wrote "the Song of the Rabbit", which was composed for the first time in his life. At the age of ten, Minosuke Matsumoto, a professor at Tokyo University of Fine Arts, studied composition and was very interested in Strawensky when he was just learning to write music. During this period, I don't like the piano very much, and it can even be said to be very painful.

I grew up in Yoshida District, Tokyo in 1959. After Lizu Shigu Primary School and Shida Tani District Thousand Middle School, he graduated from Tokyo Metropolitan Li Shinjuku High School in 1970 (Shiozaki Yasuhisa and Naoko Nonaka are also the same students). I liked reading in Shinjuku high school. It is often among the top 10 people in the school library to borrow books. And influenced by the jobless gathered in Fengyue Hall and other places, he began to listen to jazz and play himself. I also like rock music, but I hate folk songs.

1970 enter Tokyo University of Fine Arts. In college, because of the ethnomusicology research leader Wenfu Koizumi's class, its profound content brought a great impact on Sakamoto, it fundamentally shook Sakamoto before the formation of the concept of music. It can be seen that Sakamoto's music style has undergone many changes, and its foundation does contain the knowledge and ideas of ethnomusicology learned from Koizumi. But since Koizumi himself did not compose music, it cannot be said that he had any influence on Sakamoto's composing skills. Sakamoto studied with the composer Sanshanhuang for about a year when he was still in college. In addition, he also attended the Youji Takahashi study meeting held in Shibuya through high school and university. Sakamoto first dealt with electronic music when he was an undergraduate. In 1974, he graduated from the Music Department of Tokyo University of Arts, majoring in composition, and was promoted to a master's degree in acoustics research in the graduate school of the same university. He completed his studies in 1976.

in 1975, when I was in college, I took part in piano performance by my like-minded friend, "No one can draw my painting". From then on, his career as a studio musician began. The following year, in 1976, he and Kenichi Takeda organized the "Learning Troupe", a movement group of artistic practice. Under the production of Kenichi Takeda, he released the album "DISAPPOINTMENT-HATERMA" for the first time. After that, in addition to the small band belonging to the lily (by-by session band)), he also participated as a keyboard player in the creation of Yamashita's early music ("2000 tons of Rain", "Parade", etc.) and Da Longmai's series "Niagara Triangle Vol.1" and so on. In addition, he participated in the creation as an arranger and producer of records such as "Sunshower", "Mignon" and "Romantic" by Dagan Taeko. This period was later known as the working era of Sakamoto.

in February 1978, I participated in Hosono's album "Paraiso". At the invitation of Hosono, he formed an orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra (with Yukio Takahashi, hereinafter referred to as YMO),. In October, Sakamoto's first solo album "ThousandKnives" was released, completing his debut. In November, YMO released the album "Yellow Magic Orchestra", followed by the second album "SOLID STATE SURVIVOR" which became very popular. From 1979 to 1980, YMO toured the world twice.

while carrying out the activities of YMO, he has been the host of "Sound Story" in the Radio Station of Japan Broadcasting Association since 1981. During his tenure as the host, he will irregularly play the "audition tape special episode" made up of audition tapes sent by amateur musicians. (among the listeners who sent tapes to the program are JULIAN, TOWA TEI, Keiji Sakahara, and so on. In addition, Tomoko Asano, who served as rap in the repertoire Steppin\ & # 39; Into Asia, also took this special episode as an opportunity to participate in the recording of this repertoire. Some of the songs from the special focus were later published as "DEMO TAPE-1" on CD). In 1982, the single "irresistible Lipstick Magic" was released in cooperation with Yoshino Yoshino. As the propaganda song of Shiseido in the spring of 1982, it is very popular. It was also this year that Sakamoto married Hideko Yano.

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, which was released in 1983, was commissioned by director Oshima to play Captain Oshima and co-performed with David Bowie and Takeshi Kitano. As a condition of acting, he acted as a soundtrack for the film. When the film was exhibited at the Cannes Film Festival, it met film director Bernardo Bertolucci, which laid the groundwork for the later film "The Last Emperor." That year, he produced the single "No Color" with David Silvian. In the same year, YMO was disbanded.

in 1984, Xianzi Yano and others set up MIDI records and used the trademark "School".

in 1986, the first solo concert "Media Bahn" was held in 24 places (28 public performances) across the country. The following year, in 1987, the movie "The Last Emperor" was released. Sakamoto acted as the director of Masahiko Kanami as an actor. Worked as a soundtrack for movies with David Byrne and Su Cong. As a result, he won the Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best composition. After that, he established his status as a film music writer. It is said that he played the enemy relationship with Zun long, who played Puyi in the film, and did not say a word when filming ("the Golden stage of the Night") to enter the play.

in 1989, he was transferred to Viking Records for overseas development (but it was not successful in terms of record sales).


later, as a result of EMI's acquisition of Viking Records, the contract was terminated with the resignation of the contracted leader Viking USA manager. In April 1990, he began to move to the music mecca New York. In 1992, he composed music for the group dance music for the opening ceremony of the Barcelona Olympic Games, and personally conducted the orchestra at the venue. The commission fee is $1. This piece of music was modified several times and was later published as "El Mar Mediterrani". In 1993, YMO "regenerated" (collaborated again). Released the album "THECNODON". A two-day live concert was held at the Tokyo Dome in June.

in 1994, since the contract was signed according to the division of the region, the contract was signed inJapan transferred to FOR LIFE RECORDS Records, and set up the trademark "g ü t". It is very active in Japan. Foreign countries outside Japan have signed up with Elektra Records.

during this period, his relationship with Hideko Yano existed in name only. In the TV show "humorous relationship," he admitted that he had a lover and had children with him. The relevant media also revealed anecdotes such as the eldest man and Sakamoto Meiyu saying that "the person my father likes is not his mother (Hideko Yano)." He also revealed that he had four children and a child between women who married as a student before marrying Hideko Yano. (one of the four children is the child of Hideko Yano's ex-husband and is not related to Sakamoto.)

in 1998, he terminated his contract with Elektra Records, signed a contract with SONY CLASSICAL overseas, and the Japanese side transferred to Warner Music Japan. The following year, in 1999, the lengthened single "Ura BTTB", which included the pharmaceutical company Sangong's piano song "Energy Flow", sold more than one million, ranking No. 1 on the Oricon chart for the first time as an instrumental piece. In addition, his own first opera "LIFE" was held in public.

in 2001, he appeared in the TBS50 anniversary special program "the first wish of the landmine zero21 Century". According to the program's plan, artists with friendly contacts at home and abroad are used to write the song "ZERO LANDMINE" for the charity of mine removal. In the same year, he formed "Morelenbaum2/Sakamoto" with Morelenbaum and released the bossa nova-style album "CASA". The trio and Sakamoto's long-standing integration of Bossa Nova style into his music have been well received. The following year, in 2002, the Brazilian government awarded him a national medal for his contribution to friendly exchanges between Japan and Brazil. In April 2003, he began to write the theme song "The land song-music for Artelligent City" for the Roppongi Hills Building, which was put into use.

November 6, 2006, co-founded a new music brand "commons" with Avex. In the same year, he divorced Hideko Yano.

from March 10 to May 28, 2007, he and Shiro Takagi co-created the interactive work "Life-fluid, invisible, inaudible." based on the opera "life" and exhibited at the Yamaguchi Information Arts Center. An opening concert was held on March 10. It was also exhibited at the NTT International Exchange Center in Tokyo from September 15 to November 4. On September 15, he held an artist conversation with Akira ASADA and Shin Nakazawa and held an opening concert. It was also this year that his activities with Hosono and Yukio Takahashi were very active. In February, he starred in an advertisement for Kirin cellar beer as a member of YMO. At the same time, the album "RYDEEN 79Splash 07" was released. On May 19th, he gave a live charity performance as a member of the band "Human Audio Sponge" (HAS). The new song "RESCUE" was released in the name of "HASYMO" on August 22nd. In June 2008, he jointly held a tour of Italy with Fennesz. In the same month, YMO held a 28-year-old London performance. The world tour "Ryuichi Sakamoto Playing the Piano 2009" began in March 2009.

makes people feel the Orientalist style and the innovative use of modern music techniques seen in the early works, the unique style and rational speech produced its inherent sense of existence and won many admirers. So far, he has starred in a lot of movies and commercials.