Yellow Magic Orchestra - UC YMO (SACD)
Label: GT Music - MHGL 1-2 • Format: 2x, SACD Compilation, Remastered • Country: Japan • Genre: Electronic, Pop • Style: Synth-pop
YMO was initially conceived by Hosono as a one-off exploration of computerized exotica and parody of Western conceptions of the orient. The three members were veterans of the music industry before coming together as YMO, and were inspired by eclectic sources, including the electronic music of Isao Tomita and Kraftwerk Yellow Magic Orchestra - UC YMO (SACD), Japanese traditional musicarcade gamesfunk music, and the disco productions of Giorgio Moroder.
For their early recordings and performances, the band was often accompanied by programmer Hideki Matsutake. They have briefly reunited several Southern Nights - Jim Nabors - Jim Nabors Sings Your All-Time Favorites in subsequent decades. Prior to the group's formation, Sakamoto had been experimenting with electronic music equipment at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Musicwhich he entered inincluding synthesizers such as the BuchlaMoogand ARP.
Much of the methods and techniques developed by both Tomita and Matsutake during the early s would later be employed by Yellow Magic Orchestra. Sakamoto first worked with Hosono as a member of his live band inwhile Yukihiro Takahashi recruited Sakamoto to produce his debut solo recording in following the split of the Sadistic Mika Band. Hosono invited both to work on his exotica -flavoured album Paraisowhich included electronic songs produced using various electronic equipment.
The band was named "Harry Hosono and the Yellow Magic Band" as a satire of Japan's obsession with black magic at the time,  and in late they began recording Paraisowhich was released in Hosono also contributed to one of Sakamoto's songs, "Thousand Knives", in the album.
While Sakamoto was working on Thousand KnivesHosono began formulating the idea of an instrumental disco band which could have the potential to reach success in non-Japanese-language territories, and invited Tasuo Hayashi of Tin Pan Alley and Hiroshi Sato of Uncle Buck as participants, but they declined. The band's self-titled album Yellow Magic Orchestra was successful and the studio project grew into a fully fledged touring band and career Eiszeit - Laith Al-Deen - Session its three members.
The album featured the use of computer technology along with synthesizers which, according to Billboardallowed the group to create a new sound that was not possible until then. This led to the YMO being offered an international deal, at which point early the three members decided the group would be given priority over their solo careers. The most popular international hit from the album was "Firecracker", which would be released as a single the following year and Yellow Magic Orchestra - UC YMO (SACD) as "Computer Game", which became a success in the United States and Europe.
Following an advertising deal with Fuji Cassettethe group sparked a boom in the popularity of electronic pop music, called " technopop " in Japan,   where they had an effect similar to that Love We Got - Various - NRJ Hits 2011 Vol.2 the Beatles and Merseybeat in s Britain.
On the other Yellow Magic Orchestra - UC YMO (SACD), the YMO trio contributed to her own albums and became part of her live band, during these same years. Making abundant use of new synthesizers, samplerssequencersdrum machinescomputers and digital recording technology as it became available, as well as utilizing cyberpunk -ish lyrics sung mostly in English, they extended their popularity and influence beyond Japan. It featured English lyrics by Chris Mosdellwhose sci-fi themes often depicted a Yellow Magic Orchestra - UC YMO (SACD) condition alienated by dystopic futures, much like the emerging cyberpunk movement in fiction at that time.
One of the album's major singles, and one of the band's biggest international hits, was " Behind the Mask ", which YMO had first produced in for a Seiko quartz wristwatch commercial,  and then for Solid State Survivor with lyrics penned by Chris Mosdell. The song was later revised by Michael Jacksonwho added new lyrics and had intended to include it in his album Thriller. Their second album Solid State Survivor went on to sell over 2 million records worldwide.
The song " Multiplies " was an early experiment in electronic ska. They also had similar success abroad, performing to sold-out crowds during tours in the United States and Europe.
At around the same time, the song "Riot in Lagos" by YMO member Sakamoto pioneered the beats and sounds of electro music. The band had paused their group activities by After the release of their musical motion picture Propagandathe three members had returned to their solo careers.
Takahashi, in particular, would play the band's material in his concerts. Meanwhile, Sakamoto would gain international success for his work as a solo artist, actor, and film composer winning GrammyOscar and Golden Globe awards. The early s saw Hosono and Takahashi reunited in a project called Sketch Show. On a number of occasions Ryuichi Sakamoto has joined in on Sketch Show performances and recording sessions.
He later proposed they rename the group Human Audio Sponge when he participates. Barcelona performance at Sonar festival and Wild Sketch Show DVDs chronicle these reunions, and include a tongue-in-cheek Japanese text-only history of the group that spans to The band have reunited in for an advertising campaign for Kirin Lager which Yellow Magic Orchestra - UC YMO (SACD) their longevity and charted No.
Recently performing live as Human Audio Sponge; Hosono, Sakamoto and Takahashi did a live performance together as Yellow Magic Orchestra for the Live EarthKyoto, event on July 7,which raised money and awareness of a "climate in crisis". In Augustthe band played the World Happiness festival in Japan, featuring many Japanese artists. They opened with a cover of " Hello, Goodbye " and performed old YMO songs along with their newer songs.
They added classic songs from their back catalog into their set list. According to Sakamoto, they were "tired" of Japanese musicians imitating Western and American music at the time and so they wanted to "make something very original from Japan. He described Kraftwerk's music as "theoretical, very focused, simple and minimal and strong".
The band also drew from a wider range of influences than had been employed by Yellow Magic Orchestra - UC YMO (SACD). Their approach to sampling music was a precursor to the contemporary approach of constructing music by cutting fragments of sounds and looping them using computer technology. The band often utilized a wide variety of state-of-the-art electronic music equipment immediately as they were made available.
They were also the very first band to utilize the Roland TR Rhythm Composerone of the first and most influential programmable drum machines, as soon as it was released in At the time, Billboard noted that the use of such computer-based technology in conjunction with synthesizers allowed YMO to create new sounds that were not possible until then. The band has been described as "the original cyberpunks "  and their early work has been described as " proto-techno " music.
Inin the anime Sound! EuphoniumYellow Magic Orchestra - UC YMO (SACD) 5, the song "Rydeen" is played by Kitauji highschool's orchestra. YMO were Windows And Doors - Jackie DeShannon - Are You Ready For This? of synthpopa genre whose emergence at the start of the s some have argued was the most significant development in melodic pop music since the Sixties and the Beatles.
YMO are considered pioneers in the field of popular electronic music, and continue to be remixed or sampled by modern artists,  including experimental artist Yamantaka Eyeelectronica group LFOjungle band 4heroelectrolatino artist Senor Coconutambient house pioneers The Orb and State electronic music groups Orbital  and The Human League hip hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa and mainstream pop musicians such as Michael JacksonQuincy JonesGreg Phillinganes Eric Clapton Mariah Careyand Jennifer Lopez.
YMO's success with music technology encouraged many others, with their influence strongly felt in the British electronic scene of the early s in particular.
The band was popular with the emerging hip hop community, which appreciated the group's new electronic sounds, and in the Bronx where " Firecracker " was a success and sampled in the famous Death Mix by Afrika Bambaataa. YMO's use of video game sounds and bleeps also had a particularly big influence on s hip hop  and pop music.
The band has Yellow Magic Orchestra - UC YMO (SACD) been very influential in its homeland Japan, where they had become the most popular group during the late s and s. YMO also influenced many video game composers and significantly affected the sounds used in much of the chiptune and video game music produced during the 8-bit and bit eras.
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