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Watch our film dedicated in loving memory to Ryuichi Sakamoto.

Ryuichi Sakamoto, Thousand Knives (1978)

In order to honour this late legendary musical figure, Psychic Garden are proud to present a short experimental film for the song "Grasshoppers" - An experimental piano composition from Sakamoto's debut album Thousand Knives (1978). The video was directed and edited by Denholm Hewlett.

Ryuichi Sakamoto (1952-2023) is one of the most beloved and prolific figures in modern Japanese music, a highly revered and classically trained musician, composer, record producer, singer-songwriter, activist and actor. Ryuichi Sakamoto is most well-known as one of the founding members behind the electronic techno-pop music phenomenon Yellow Magic Orchestra, a truly revolutionary group and perhaps the most influential and iconic Japanese band of all time.

Yellow Magic Orchestra, Solid State Survivor (1980)

Ryuichi also maintained a highly successful career outside of YMO working as a solo artist. He's the acclaimed composer of several award winning film soundtracks including The Last Emperor (1987), Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence (1983) ~ [Which he also starred in] and The Revenant (2015).

~ We recommend checking out the documentary "CODA" for an immersive portrait of Sakamoto's masterful career and creative process. Don't forget to listen to the title track of Sakamoto's debut album, "Thousand Knives" ~

~ Psychic Garden


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