Ryuichi Sakamoto is a Japanese musician, composer, producer and actor. He attended university as Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where he earned a B.A. in music composition and an M.A. with special emphasis on both electronic and ethnic music. Sakamoto recorded his first solo album in 1978, which included the songs 'Thousand Knives' and 'The End of Asia'. Around the same time, Sakamoto became a member of the internationally successful Japanese synth-rock/synth J-Pop trio 'Yellow Magic Orchestra', along with co-founders Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi. The character of his method of composition is highly mathematical, influenced by Olivier Messiaen and Iannis Xenakis, using graph theory and mathematical logic.
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