He is respected as one of the pioneers of synth pop and electronic music, which helped to cultivate Japanese music. Along with the international success that came with YMO, Sakamoto has also written Oscar winning film-score and made international collaborations with likes of David Sylvian and Alva Noto.
In 2018, RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA, the documentary film about Sakamoto himself, both the artist and the man was released. Gilles Peterson had a chance to sit down with Sakamoto and to have an in depth conversation about his musical history and his feelings about the world today.
This 2-hour special show features a special interview; as well as, words and music from 2 musicians who are deeply influenced by Sakamoto: Ski Oakenfull and Ola Szmidt.
2019 marks the 40th anniversary of “Solid State Survivor” (1979), one of the most acclaimed albums of Yellow Magic Orchestra, and the 20th anniversary of “BTTB” (1999), Sakamoto’s Piano solo album.
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Andata [Commmons/ Milan]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Riot In Lagos [Island]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Solari [Commmons/ Milan]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Zure Ryuichi Sakamoto – Zure
Yellow Magic Orchestra – Technopolis [Alfa]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Walker [Commmons/ Milan]
Yellow Magic Orchestra – Behind The Mask [Alfa]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Disintegration [Commmons/ Milan]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Async [Commmons/ Milan]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Async (Arca Remodel) [Milan]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Life Life (Andy Stott Remodel) [Milan]
Towa Tei Ft Ryuichi Sakamoto – Obrigado [Elektra]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – FF2 [Milan]
Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Logic Moon [Raster-Norton]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Andata (Electric Youth Remodel) [Milan]
Cornelius – If You’re Here (Ryuichi Sakamoto Rework) [Warner Japan]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – School In Paris [Milan]
// Ola Szmidt Selection //
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Main Theme from Wuthering Heights [Toshiba EMI Japan]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – The Middle Way ( From “Little Buddha” soundtrack) [Milan]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Only Love Can Conquer Hate ( From a “Babel” Soundtrack) [Warner Japan]
Yellow Magic Orchestra – Firecracker [Alfa]
// Ski Oakenfull Selection //
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Thousand Knives [Denon]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – I’ll Be There [Columbia]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Seed and The Sower [London Records/Virgin]