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Nick Luscombe with Ryuichi Sakamoto’s mixtape

A special mixtape from acclaimed composer, electronic music pioneer and former Yellow Magic Orchestra member Ryuichi Sakamoto.

Pioneering Japanese composer and experimental electronic musician Ryuichi Sakamoto compiles a mixtape of his musical favourites and discusses his life and legacy with Nick Luscombe.

A founding member of Yellow Magic Orchestra, he is often credited as one of the forefathers of techno, hip-hop and electronic music. Over the last four decades he has produced an immense and varied amount of groundbreaking and influential records, from solo piano work and experimental ambient soundscapes to collaborations with David Sylvian, Robert Wyatt and Iggy Pop.

He is an award-winning composer for films including Love Is the Devil, The Revenant and Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor for which he received an Academy Award. He has also appeared in films as an actor, most notably in Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence with David Bowie.

In 2017 Sakamoto released Async, his first solo album in eight years, which he made during his recovery from throat cancer.

Produced by Katie Callin for Reduced Listening.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Yellow Magic Orchestra


    • Solid State Survivor.
    • Alfa.
  • Vangelis

    Main Titles

    • Blade Runner.
    • EastWest.
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto

    Love & Hate

    • Sweet Revenge.
    • Elektra.
  • Jóhann Jóhannsson


    • Arrival (Original Soundtrack).
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Actress & London Contemporary Orchestra


    • LAGEOS.
    • Ninja Tune.
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto

    Science And Technology

    • Life In Progress.
    • WEA Japan.
  • Neu!


    • Neu!.
    • Brain.
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto


    • BTTB.
    • WEA Japan.
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto


    • Async.
    • Milan.
  • Antônio Carlos Jobim

    Boto (Porpoise)

    • Urubu.
    • Warner Bros. Records.
  • György Ligeti

    Piano Concerto (1985-88) - 1. Vivace molto ritmico e preciso - attacca subito

    Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard. Conductor: Pierre Boulez. Ensemble: Ensemble intercontemporain.
    • György Ligeti - Clear or Cloudy.
    • Decca.
  • Actress & London Contemporary Orchestra

    Chasing Numbers

    • LAGEOS.
    • Ninja Tune.
  • Neu!


    • Neu! '75.
    • Brain.
  • Barbara


    • Barbara N°2.
    • Philips.
  • Jan Jelinek

    Alice Schwarzer, Is It True That You're A Person Of Great Tenacity?

    • Zwischen.
    • Faitiche.
  • Yoshio Machida

    SYNTHI n°01

    • Music from the SYNTHI.
    • Baskaru.
  • Maurice Duruflé

    Requiem, Op. 9 (1961 version) 1. Introit

    Conductor: Michel Piquemal. Orchestra: Orchestre de la Cité. Ensemble: Michel Piquemal Vocal Ensemble.
    • Requiem / 4 Motets / Prelude and Fugue.
    • Naxos.
  • Kareem Lotfy


    • mono no aware.
    • PAN.
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto

    Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

    • Three.
    • Commmons.


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