Episode #2498

Ryuichi Sakamoto

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

On this edition of New Sounds, listen to the many musical sides of Ryuichi Sakamoto, whose birthday is today. The Japanese pianist, producer, songwriter, classical composer, actor, and DJ has recorded early music (Danceries), film music (Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence), “glitch” music with Alva Noto, moody songs with David Sylvian, even moodier orchestral music (Discord), and classic Brazilian tunes with the trio Morelenbaum2Sakamoto. Hear some of all of these, and more.

PROGRAM #2498 Ryuichi Sakamoto (First aired: Tuesday 1/17/06)





Ryuichi Sakamoto

US – Ultimate Solo

Thousand Knives, excerpt [1:30]

Warner Music Japan #10241
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Chitose Okashiro

Ryuichi Sakamoto – Piano Works

Tong Poo [5:00]

Pro Piano #224532 *

Ryuichi Sakamoto

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence [5:00]

Milan #35691 ** available at*

Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto


Duoon [5:30]

R-N #50 *

Morelenbaum2 / Sakamoto


As Praias Desertas [4:00]

Sony 89982**. OR available for purchase at*

Ryuichi Sakamoto


World Citizen [6:00]

Warner Music Japan #10072** *

Ryuichi Sakamoto

US – Ultimate Solo

Neo Geo [4:00]

See above.

Ryuichi Sakamoto & Danceries

The End of Asia

Dance [2:30]

Denon #7077
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Ryuichi Sakamoto

UF – Ultimate Film

The Handmaid’s Tale – Mayday [1:30]

Warner Music Japan #10243
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Ryuichi Sakamoto


Grief, except [6:30]

Sony #60121 ** *


Ryuichi Sakamoto

US – Ultimate Solo

Libera Me [2:30]

See above.

Comments [3]

Fileeza Tabon from Los Angeles, CA

Thank you so much for this program. Ryuichi Sakamoto has been my favorite film composer for quite awhile. I have lived in his score for The Sheltering Sky for decades (I guess) now and I must admit that my travels to Morocco and especially to Tunisia (with days spent in the Sahara) were greatly enhanced by the emotions felt upon first hearing Mr. Sakamoto's music. I feel fortunate to have attended a solo performance that Ryuichi gave in Los Angeles at the Palace when I returned from my first trip to Asia. Thank you. Thank you.

Mar. 24 2008 07:07 PM
Scott from New York City

I would like to listen New Sounds 2498? How can I download this show? Thank you Scott

Jan. 18 2008 12:50 PM
Martin Peck from Bronx, NY

Would like to know how to find New Sounds programs by date: I'm looking for the one that aired on January 15, 2008 please. Thanks!

Jan. 17 2008 10:10 AM

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