Ryuichi Sakamoto

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Ryuichi Sakamoto

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1/17/1952, Tokyo, Japan

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    • 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.

  • Quotes

    • 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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