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|Place of birth: Tokyo, Japan|
|Date of birth: 1952-01-17|
|Date of death: 2023-03-28 (age 71)|
|Role(s): Musician, Composer, Singer|
|Education: Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (Master Electronic and Ethnic Music, BA Music Composition)|
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Ryuichi Sakamoto (坂本龍) was a renowned and highly-influential Japanese musician. A founder of pioneering electronic music group Yellow Magic Orchestra, Sakamoto's early incorporation of electronic sounds into popular music helped inspire a number of future Sega talent to make their way into computer-focused industries (such as Yuji Naka and Kenji Eno), and is most known among the modern gaming community for composing the Sega Dreamcast startup jingle.
Sometime in the late 1990's, game developer and fellow musician Kenji Eno approached Sakamoto to compose the upcoming Dreamcast's start-up jingle. To Eno's pleasant surprise, the offer was accepted rather quickly. Sakamoto's start-up jingle would go on to become one of the system's most fondly-remembered features.
- Official website
- Ryuichi Sakamoto at Discogs
- Hearing the Love: Ryuichi Sakamoto article by Gregory Oborne at It's Still Thinking