In the 1970s and 1980s, Sakamoto became known as an innovator in electronic keyboard work and worked with such equipment as Fairlight 2, Prophet 5, and Arp Odyssey.
Ryuichi Sakamoto cites Debussy and Kraftwerk as his biggest influences.
In 1978, Sakamoto released his first solo album, "Thousand Knives."
Sakamoto is known as a critic of copyright law, saying it is antiquated in the information age.
In 1992, Sakamoto composed the score of the opening ceremony of the Barcelona Olympic Games, a telecast with an audience of over a billion viewers.
Sakamoto is a member of the techno-pop group Yellow Magic Orchestra, along with Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi.
Ryuichi Sakamoto is an Academy Awards-winning, Grammy-winning, Golden Globe-winning Japanese musician, composer, producer and actor, based in New York and Tokyo.
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Piano is my main instrument. It is like the extension of my body and brain.
Ryuichi Sakamoto: This global view to the different cultures is just part of my nature. I want to break down the walls between genres, categories, or cultures. Instead of building walls or borders, I always try to combine different things. To me, it's challenging and exciting.
Ryuichi Sakamoto: I have a kind of cultural map in my head, where I find similarities between different cultures. For example, domestic Japanese pop music sounds like Arabic music to me - the vocal intonation and vibrato, and in my mind Bali is next to New York. Maybe everyone has these geographies in their heads; this is the way I've been working.
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