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More than 20 years after releasing his first album, Sakamoto premiered his very first classical work, though the components of this enhanced CD include turntables and guitar as well as the obligatory orchestra and piano. The theme seeks to reflect the contemporary difficulties between reconciling a digital-quick information age with the reality of suffering in much of the Third World, and Sakamoto does a good job of contrasting modern musical tools with traditional instruments.


Born: January 17, 1952 in Tokyo, Japan

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As one-third of Yellow Magic Orchestra and an Academy Award-winning composer for his work on the soundtrack for The Last Emperor, synth pop innovator Ryuichi Sakamoto is among the most groundbreaking artists to have emerged since the late '70s. The driving force behind "Neo Geo," a cutting-edge fusion of Asian and Western classical music with other global textures and rhythms, he has been equally adept in electronic and acoustic settings, whether recording in solitude or in tandem, with decades of...
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