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Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto Dies Aged 71

Ryuichi Sakamoto, a Japanese composer who created the eerie score for “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence” and received an Oscar for the film “The Last Emperor” in 1987, has passed away at the age of 71. His passing was reported by his management group on March 28. He had recently received cancer treatment.

As said in a statement, “Art is long, life is short. We would like to share one of Sakamoto’s favorite quotes: “Ars longa, vie brevis.” The composer, who was born in 1952 in Tokyo, Japan, grew up listening to both Bach and The Beatles, as well as other classical greats. He co-founded the pioneering electronic band Yellow Magic Orchestra in 1978, where he played piano.

The group would go on to have success on a global scale, and it is widely believed that their innovative usage of synthesizers helped to pave the way for the development of genres like house and techno. Nonetheless, Sakamoto is most recognized for his soundtrack compositions, which have won him countless accolades.


In 1983’s “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence,” wrote the soundtrack and co-starred with David Bowie; four years later, he won both a Golden Globe and an Oscar for outstanding music for his score to “The Last Emperor.” In his final years, he continued to produce music, notably the score for the 2015 movie “The Revenant,” and on May 5, Alejandro González Iárritu will release an album of the composer’s music.

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Sakamoto had a reputation for activism outside of the music industry, particularly for his opposition to nuclear power plants. In 2012, he co-organized a performance called “No Nukes” in support of this cause. He also actively opposed a now-repealed Japanese regulation that prohibited dancing after midnight or one in the morning. in pubs, clubs, and a variety of other public places.

Following the news of his passing, tributes to Sakamoto from the arts and beyond poured onto social media. American author Frederick Joseph referred to his music as “the score of many of my life moments,” while Japanese actor Haruka Abe tweeted that it “will live on forever.”

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Sakamoto has also worked with DJ and producer Tokimonsta, who issued a statement on his blog praising him as “one of the most forward-thinking, nurturing supportive musicians of his generation.”According to his management company, a burial service was held with close family members as per Sakamoto’s desires.


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