News / 29.08.23

Opus, a film capturing Ryuichi Sakamoto’s final performances, to premiere at Venice Film Festival

The film was directed by the late Japanese composer’s son Neo Sora and is set to receive its world premiere on 5 September

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Life, works and legacy: 10 artists on Ryuichi Sakamoto and his everlasting impact

Musicians, contemporaries and longtime collaborators pay their tributes to the late Ryuichi Sakamoto – an artist like no other. Featuring Ninja Tune’s Coldcut, Fennesz, Dennis Bovell MBE, anu, Midori Hirano and more

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News / 15.05.23

Ryuichi Sakamoto’s management shares his final playlist

The late Japanese composer compiled the 33-track playlist to be played at his funeral

News / 24.04.23

BTS’ Suga releases Snooze featuring Ryuichi Sakamoto

The track appears on the BTS producer and rapper’s debut solo album ‘D-Day’, released under his Agust D moniker

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News / 03.04.23

Listen to a collection of Nokia ringtones composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto

Twitter account Tech Product Bangers has compiled Nokia 8800 ringtones and alerts – most of which the late pioneering Japanese musician created

News / 02.04.23

Ryuichi Sakamoto has died

The renowned composer and producer has passed away aged 71

Various Artists: A Tribute to Ryuichi Sakamoto – To the Moon and Back review

A diverse cross-section of artists celebrate a giant of modern music, proving that reinterpretation is the sincerest form of flattery

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News / 21.11.22

Ryuichi Sakamoto is releasing a new solo album in January

Slated for release on 17 January, ’12’ is the Japanese composer’s first solo full-length in six years

News / 16.09.22

Ryuichi Sakamoto shares soundtrack for new sci-fi horror Anime, Exception

The Japanese composer has shared two tracks written for the new Netflix series, which comes to the streaming platform from 14 October

News / 08.04.22

Ryuichi Sakamoto shares new recording, Zero Landmine 2022, to support Ukraine

The Japanese composer has recorded an instrumental version of his collaborative 2001 release Zero Landmine

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News / 20.01.22

Ryuichi Sakamoto releases piano scores for Parolibre and MUJI2020

His score store also features sheet music for Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, Andata and leta

News / 21.12.21

Ryuichi Sakamoto releases Diana Kunst-directed video for track silence

Lifted from Modern Obscure Music and Created By Us’ ‘PRSNT’ compilation, the new visual is premiering exclusively on Crack Magazine

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News / 17.12.21

Previously unreleased Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto compositions to be included in V.I.R.U.S. series reissue

Announced today (17 December), the reissue project leads with a studio version of track ‘Monomom’. Listen to it now

News / 03.12.21

Arca releases new album kiCK iiiii, featuring Ryuichi Sakamoto

It’s the final instalment in the former Crack Magazine cover star’s ‘Kick’ album series

News / 25.10.21

Coldcut release new @0 compilation EP featuring Ryuichi Sakamoto and James Heather

It’s the third EP to be shared ahead of the full ‘@0’ compilation release on 19 November

News / 06.10.21

Helena Hauff, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Skee Mask contribute to new ambient compilation, @0

Ninja Tune founders Coldcut are behind the 29-track compilation, which is slated for release next month

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News / 24.08.21

Ryuichi Sakamoto and Christian Fennesz’s Cendre to be issued on vinyl for the first time

The collaborative album will be released on vinyl this October via Touch

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News / 26.07.21

Ryuichi Sakamoto shares new track ahead of Minamata soundtrack release

The 22-track score is slated for release this week

News / 18.02.21

Ryuichi Sakamoto, Lafawndah and Lyra Pramuk feature on new six-minute compilation

PRSNT has been compiled by Barcelona label Modern Obscure Music and Created By Us

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News / 21.01.21

Ryuichi Sakamoto has been diagnosed with rectal cancer

The composer revealed that he’s now undergoing treatment

News / 24.12.20

Archive Ryuichi Sakamoto radio shows with David Bowie and Haruki Murakami to air on NTS

The shows were originally broadcast on Japan’s NHK-FM in the 80s

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News / 23.06.20

Ryuichi Sakamoto and Laurie Anderson team up on new instalment of incomplete

The new piece will be broadcast tomorrow evening. Ryuichi Sakamoto and Laurie Anderson have collaborated…

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News / 23.04.20

Ryuichi Sakamoto shares two new concert films

Watch two Ryuichi Sakamoto concerts for free, starting from tomorrow

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News / 31.01.20

Ryuichi Sakamoto previews score for The Staggering Girl

A brief clip of the composer’s upcoming work has been released

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News / 24.01.20

Ryuichi Sakamoto scores new Luca Guadagnino short film The Staggering Girl

The film arrives on MUBI on 15 February

Selections: Alva Noto

One of the most respected figures in modern experimental composition, Alva Noto, supplies us with a mammoth ambient and experimental playlist that ebbs and flows for almost five hours

Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto
News / 07.10.19

Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto to release live album TWO

The LP is recorded from the duo’s 2018 performance at Sydney Opera House

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News / 24.09.19

Ryuichi Sakamoto warns fans of “untruthful” person masquerading as his “disciple”

According to the composer, it’s all lies

Ryuichi Sakamoto – Smithereens

For his Black Mirror score, the Japanese composer captures the ominous ebb and flow of social media

The Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto
News / 22.05.19

Ryuichi Sakamoto scores an episode of new Black Mirror series

The Smithereens episode will air on 5 June via Netflix

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News / 18.02.19

Ryuichi Sakamoto models in Opening Ceremony’s AW19 lookbook

The composer features alongside other leading Asian and Asian-American cultural figures, including playwright David Henry Hwang and author Jenny Han

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News / 21.01.19

Ryuichi Sakamoto reveals he became an Arca fan after meeting him at a Björk concert

The composer recalls their first encounter in an interview with Gilles Peterson on Worldwide FM

The Top 50 Albums of 2018

Our annual countdown of the albums which captured the mood of this year

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News / 04.12.18

Ryuichi Sakamoto is auctioning a Roland V-Synth from his personal collection

Here’s how to get your hands on an instrument signed by the experimental Japanese composer

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News / 20.11.18

Ryuichi Sakamoto remixes Oneohtrix Point Never track Last Known Image of a Song

The original cut is from Daniel Lopatin’s 2018 album Age of

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News / 15.11.18

Ryuichi Sakamoto and Haruomi Hosono to feature on Japanese ambient compilation Kankyō Ongaku

Light in the Attic will be the first to release the recordings outside of Japan

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News / 25.10.18

Oneohtrix Point Never enlists Ryuichi Sakamoto for new EP Love in the Time of Lexapro

The release will land on 23 November

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News / 12.09.18

Ryuichi Sakamoto to reissue rare BTTB album with liner notes from Haruki Murakami

Back to the Basics will be released via Milan Records on 9 November

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News / 24.07.18

Ryuichi Sakamoto redid the playlist of his favourite restaurant because he didn’t rate the music policy

The pioneering artist couldn’t stand the music in his favourite eatery, so offered to soundtrack it – for free

Coda unravels the inner philosophy of Ryuichi Sakamoto

‘Coda’ explores the much-loved composer’s career, while piecing together the influence of events like the 9/11 terrorist attacks, global warming and nuclear power on his extraordinary work

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Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto bring their seamless synergy to The Barbican

Precision and balance were the calling cards of this remarkable improvisational show from two masters of experimental music

The Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto
Events / 24.05.18

Ryuichi Sakamoto adds Alva Noto and Haruomi Hosono to MODE events series

The pioneering Japanese composer is the curator behind MODE’s inaugural programme

Events / 26.04.18

Sónar+D unveils details of sixth programme

Featuring a talk with Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto, the event will debate the future of music and audiovisual experiences

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News / 13.04.18

Ryuichi Sakamoto readies new 12″ vinyl ff2

The pioneering composer will drop two new tracks just in time for Record Store Day.

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News / 28.03.18

The piano used on Ryuichi Sakamoto’s async gets its own documentary release

The tsunami-damaged instrument was employed on the track Zure

A Guide to Ryuichi Sakamoto’s Cinematic Storytelling Through Sound

From sonic translations of vast landscapes to sci-fi soundtracks, here’s a rundown of the recurring themes in the pioneering composer’s film scores

News / 08.03.18

Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto announce more live shows

The duo have confirmed dates for London, Berlin and Barcelona

News / 07.03.18

Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto are bringing their improvised show to the Barbican

And Actress will reprise his collaboration with the London Contemporary Orchestra

The Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto

Ryuichi Sakamoto talks us through Async Remodels track by track

With Oneohtrix Point Never, Arca, Yves Tumor and more enlisted for remix duties, the pioneering composer reveals the thinking behind – and his personal response – to each reinterpretation

News / 12.02.18

A Ryuichi Sakamoto track accompanied an ice dancing routine at the Olympics

Kana Muramoto and Chris Reed skated to Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence

News / 08.02.18

Ryuichi Sakamoto admits his “great regret is not reconnecting with Bowie”

The composer failed to connect with the late icon when they lived in downtown New York

The Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto
News / 09.01.18

Ryuichi Sakamoto reveals final tracklist for remix album async remodels

Featuring reworks from Arca, Oneohtrix Point Never, Alva Noto and more

News / 11.12.17

Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto reprise their duo for new album Glass

The upcoming release is a recording of their inspired live improvisation at architect Philip Johnson’s Glass House

News / 25.09.17

Listen to Ryuichi Sakamoto’s debut NTS Radio show

Ryuichi Sakamoto made his NTS Radio debut last week, playing from 2-3pm (BST) on Friday…

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News / 22.09.17

Ryuichi Sakamoto announces async compilation featuring Arca and Oneohtrix Point Never

The album will include remixes from Yves Tumor, Fennesz and more

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News / 20.09.17

Ryuichi Sakamoto announces NTS debut

The legendary composer will be playing at the internet station for the first time this week

News / 15.03.17

Ryuichi Sakamoto reveals details of his new album, async

The name of the album has finally been announced and there’ll be a world premiere listening event too

News / 18.01.17

Ryuichi Sakamoto set to release his first album in eight years

The as-yet untitled album is due to drop on 28 April.