Ryuichi Sakamoto — of The Yellow Magic Orchestra and The Last Emperor fame (to mention just a few things) — released a new solo album after 8 years on April 28th of this year. It’s a beautiful record and I can’t praise it enough. It also contains music which could be described as “restorative” and other music which is definitely ambient.
And the ambient music is ambient in a way not too alien from what we sometimes try to achieve in our gatherings. Sakamoto makes use of sound just as much as actual musical tones to create pieces of music, or soundscapes, or sonic art. And he puts sounds together which you might not think actually “go together” but which, upon a little more exposure and reflection, seem to be perfectly matched. And seem to be a lot like hearing sounds and music in our daily lives where we are inundated with a constant stream of sound.
Here’s one cut entitled disintegration (it is not capitalized on the record):
And here’s another one called ubi:
These cuts are just a small sampling of what the record has to offer. If you’re intrigued do check out the rest of it (some gorgeous synth playing is to be found!).