坂本龍一 (Sakamoto, Ryuichi - Japanese composer, singer, songwriter)

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Ryuichi Sakamoto (坂本 龍一, Sakamoto Ryūichi, born January 17, 1952) is a Japanese composer, pianist, singer, songwriter, record producer, activist, and actor who has pursued a diverse range of styles as a solo artist and as a member of Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO). With his bandmates Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi, Sakamoto influenced and pioneered a number of electronic music genres.

Sakamoto began his career while at university in the 1970s as a session musician, producer, and arranger. His first major success came in 1978 as co-founder of YMO. He concurrently pursued a solo career, releasing the experimental electronic fusion album Thousand Knives in 1978. Two years later, he released the album B-2 Unit. It included the track "Riot in Lagos", which was significant in the development of electro and hip hop music. He went on to produce more solo records, and collaborate with many international artists, David Sylvian, Carsten Nicolai, Youssou N'Dour, and Fennesz among them. Sakamoto composed music for the opening ceremony of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, and his composition "Energy Flow" (1999) was the first instrumental number-one single in Japan's Oricon charts history.

As a film-score composer, Sakamoto has won an Oscar, a BAFTA, a Grammy, and 2 Golden Globe Awards. Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983) marked his debut as both an actor and a film-score composer; its main theme was adapted into the single "Forbidden Colours" which became an international hit. His most successful work as a film composer was The Last Emperor (1987), after which he continued earning accolades composing for films such as The Sheltering Sky (1990), Little Buddha (1993), and The Revenant (2015). On occasion, Sakamoto has also worked as a composer and a scenario writer on anime and video games. In 2009, he was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the Ministry of Culture of France for his contributions to music.

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Discography

Album

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1976Disappointment-Hateruma土取利行坂本龍一2
1978千のナイフ坂本龍一515
1979Summer NervesRyuichi Sakamoto & the Kakutougi Session4
1981Left Handed Dream坂本龍一310
1982TOKYO JOE坂本龍一渡辺香津美48
1983Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence坂本龍一5
1983The End of AsiaRiuichi Sakamoto+Danceries3
1984音楽図鑑坂本龍一4
1985Esperanto坂本龍一2
1986未来派野郎坂本龍一5
1987Neo Geo坂本龍一46
1988B‐2 Unit坂本龍一44
1989Beauty坂本龍一48
1991Heartbeat坂本龍一43
1993Asian GamesYosuke Yamashita + Bill LaswellRyuichi Sakamoto1
1994Sweet Revenge坂本龍一2.57
1994Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence / FuryoRyuichi Sakamoto1
1995Smoochy坂本龍一46
19961996坂本龍一57
1996Music for Yohji Yamamoto Collection 1995坂本龍一1
1997Discord坂本龍一4
1999BTTB坂本龍一4.58
19991996坂本龍一1
2001IN THE LOBBY AT G.E.H. IN LONDON坂本龍一1
2001CasaMorelenbaum²/Sakamoto55
2002COMICA坂本龍一3
2002Elephantism坂本龍一2
2002Works I-CM坂本龍一1
2003A Day in New YorkMorelenbaum²/Sakamoto4
2004CHASM坂本龍一43
2007CendreFennesz + Sakamoto3
2007Ocean FireWillits + Sakamoto3
2009Out of Noise坂本龍一42
2009Playing the Piano坂本龍一45
2010UTAU大貫妙子 & 坂本龍一1
2011FluminaFennesz + Sakamoto1
2012Ancient FutureWillits + Sakamoto2
2012ThreeRyuichi Sakamoto3
2013Ryuichi Sakamoto Piano WorksRyuichi Sakamoto; Chitose Okashiro1
2013DisappearanceRyuichi Sakamoto + Taylor Deupree4
2013Playing the Orchestra 2013坂本龍一2
2015PerpetualRyuichi Sakamoto / Illuha / Taylor Deupree2
2015母と暮せば坂本龍一1
2016PlanktonRyuichi Sakamoto2
2017asyncRyuichi Sakamoto3.359
2019Sakamoto: For Mr Lawrence Piano Music坂本龍一 & Jeroen van Veen1
The Heart of Asia坂本龍一1

Album + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1986Illustrated Musical Encyclopedia坂本龍一3
1989Gruppo Musicale坂本龍一2
1992Better Days of Ryuichi Sakamoto坂本龍一1
1993Soundtracks坂本龍一1
1993Gruppo Musicale II坂本龍一1
1993Field Work + Steppin’ Into Asia + The Arrangement坂本龍一1
1994Soundbytes坂本龍一1
1998The Very Best of güt Years 1994–1997Ryuichi Sakamoto3
1999Extra Index坂本龍一1
1999Complete Index Of Güt坂本龍一1
2000Ryuichi Sakamoto 2000坂本龍一1
2000Pure Best坂本龍一2
2002UF坂本龍一1
2002US坂本龍一1
2002Works II - TV/Inst.Ryuichi Sakamoto1
2003moto.tronicRyuichi Sakamoto2
2004/04坂本龍一1
2005/05坂本龍一1
2015Year Book 2005-2014坂本龍一1
2016Year Book 1971-1979坂本龍一1
2017Year Book 1980-1984Ryuichi Sakamoto1
2018Year Book 1985-1989Ryuichi Sakamoto1

Album + Compilation + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2015The Best of ‘Playing the Orchestra 2014’坂本龍一9

Album + Compilation + Soundtrack

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2002CM/TV坂本龍一41
2016Music for FilmRyuichi Sakamoto; Brussels Philharmonic, Dirk Brossé3

Album + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1986Media Bahn Live坂本龍一42
1999Life in Progress坂本龍一1
1999Raw Life Osaka坂本龍一1
1999Cinemage坂本龍一2
2000Audio Life坂本龍一1
2001Live in Tokyo 2001Morelenbaum²/Sakamoto1
2012snow, silence, partially sunnySachiko M + Ryuichi Sakamoto1
2018Glenn Gould GatheringAlva Noto, Nilo, Fennesz, Francesco Tristano & Ryuichi Sakamoto2
2019Live in LondonRyuichi Sakamoto & Taylor Deupree2
2021Inkstick SessionRyuichi Sakamoto, Bill Laswell, Carlos Alomar, Toshinori Kondo, Hideo Yamaki1
Out of Noise Tour Book坂本龍一1

Album + Remix

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1998Prayer / Salvation坂本龍一2
1999Discord: Gütninja Remixes坂本龍一1
2006Bricolages坂本龍一33
2017async remodelsRyuichi Sakamoto5
Hard Revenge坂本龍一1

Album + Soundtrack

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1983Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence/Furyo坂本龍一4.3510
1986子猫物語 (The Adventures Of Chatran)坂本龍一2
1987Aile de Honnêamise - Royal Space Force坂本龍一45
1987The Last EmperorRyuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne and Cong Su55
1988Playing the Orchestra坂本龍一2
1990The Sheltering SkyRyuichi Sakamoto4
1991Wings of Honneamise Complete Collection坂本龍一1
1991High Heels (Tacones Lejanos)坂本龍一3.53
1992Peachboy坂本龍一1
1992Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights坂本龍一1
1993Wild Palms坂本龍一32
1993Little Buddha坂本龍一2

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