Whether he’ll ever know it or not (probably not), Ryuichi Sakamoto really helped my Japanese language studies. I used to listen to his podcast and just soak up his low tone of voice. His was the second voice (second to the singer Phew) that I fell into and deeply admired. Without that podcast my pronunciation would probably not have been as good as it was. So, for simply speaking into a microphone on a regular basis, I would like to thank Ryuichi Sakamoto.
And his music: it’s all over the place, but his ambient work is among the best I’ve encountered. His collaboration with Willits, his collaboration with Fennesz, these are both solid places to dive into what he’s up to. He also scored that old Derrida documentary, which is phenomenal. His work in this video, a collaboration with Alva Noto, though, struck me in the heart-valves from the start. If you want to know what it feels like to have gorgeous pins pushed into your head, listen to Alva Noto. They are the masters of the CLICK. I didn’t think simple clicks could sound so good. I was proven wrong. Add Sakamoto’s piano to the mix and the result is a collage of oddly soothing, yet disorienting ambient soundscapes.
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