Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Plastic Bamboo

Here is a song called "Plastic Bamboo" from legendary Japanese musician, composer, record producer and actor Ryuichi Sakamoto.  Born in 1952 in Tokyo and studied at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where he graduated with a BA in composition, and a Master's degree with special emphasis in electronic and ethnic music.  Sakamoto began his career in the late 1970's, working as a composer, arranger and producer with some of Japan's most popular rock, jazz and classical artists.  He released his first solo album in 1978 titled Thousands Knives Of  and made a name for himself pioneering a well crafted blend of classical, world and electronic instruments.  Previously, he came to fame as a member of Japanese synth-rock outfit Yellow Magic Orcherstra.  He collaborated with David Sylvian on a number of singles and most of Sylvian's albums.  He appeared in the 1983 Nagisa Oshima film Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence alongside David Bowie; he also wrote the film's musical score. He won the Academy Award for his score to the 1987 Bernardo Bertolucci film The Last Emperor.  He has also written soundtracks for Pedro Almodovar's film High Heels and Oliver Stone's Wild Palms.   "Plastic Bamboo" is one of his most left field dance song.  Enjoy!

Plastic Bamboo - Ryichi Sakamoto

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