The Outer Limits: How prog is Ryuichi Sakamoto?
He pioneered techno, is a Hollywood soundtrack supremo and can always be found on the cutting edge of modern music. We ask: how prog is Ryuichi Sakamoto?
If there’s any such thing as a modern Renaissance Man, then Ryuichi Sakamoto is probably it. The legendary Japanese polymath has been at it for five decades, either as a composer, musician, producer, actor, writer, activist or conductor. From his pioneering days with proto-techno outfit Yellow Magic Orchestra and the invention of ‘Neo Geo’ (a fusionist’s paradise of global rhythms and styles) to operas and Oscar-winning film soundtracks, Sakamoto has amassed a body of work as varied as it is vast.