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|Sakamoto Media Alert|
Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto named this month's CMJ New Music Monthly Best 6 New Releases.
Sakamoto & Band named highlight of Rock in Japan: "as soon as he got behind his array of synths and sequencers, he cut loose. Goading his band with his industrial electronica, he managed to pack more subversive elements into one song than all the pop-punkers will manage in their entire careers." Full review available online here.
Sakamoto talks about scoring for the Nokia 8801 mobile phone in this month's Cargo Mag, available on US newstands now.
|Win a Nokia 8801 from Cargo & Nokia|
Cargo Mag & Nokia have your chance to win a new Nokia 8801 mobile phone, featuring an exclusive soundtrack composed and performed by Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Visit the Cargo Mag contest page for entry info, and also to preview some of the phone's tones.
|Hiroshima and Nagasaki Remembered After 60 Years|
This past weekend marked the 60th Anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In order to remember this somber date, Ryuichi teamed up with Epic recording artist Chitose Hajime for a performance of their track °»Dead Girl°… live from Hiroshima on the TBS network. Chitose also joined the Sakamoto Band on the closing night of the tour for a performance of the track at the Rock in Japan Festival.
In related news, the film Original Child Bomb, which features music from Ryuichi, will be screening on the Sundance Channel in the US to mark the passing of 60 years since these horrific events. °»Inspired by Thomas Merton's poem, ORIGINAL CHILD BOMB shows the human cost of nuclear weapons. The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are depicted through declassified footage, photographs, drawings and testimonies of mothers, brothers and soldiers. Ordinary people gaze upon the nuclear past and its terrifying present. They expose the political rhetoric surrounding "security" and "weapons of mass destruction". The film is a wake-up call and an invitation to action.°… Original Child Bomb can be seen on Sundance at the following times:
Sunday 8/14/05 at 3:30 pm
Friday 8/19/05 at 2:00 pm
Wednesday 8/24/05 at 12:00 pm
Please take a moment to educate yourself about the lasting impact the bombings have had not only on the citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but also the world as a whole, so that the same mistakes are not repeated. Check out article The Baltimore Sun recently published entitled °»The Hiroshima Cover-Up,°… "A story that the U.S. government hoped would never see the light of day finally has been published, 60 years after it was spiked by military censors. The discovery of reporter George Weller's firsthand account of conditions in post-nuclear Nagasaki sheds light on one of the great journalistic betrayals of the last century: the cover-up of the effects of the atomic bombing on Japan.°…
Also, please visit these links to organizations working to reduce and eliminate nuclear weapons to see how you can help their cause.
|New Releases On Sale Now at the iTunes Music Store|
The new releases keep on rolling at the iTunes Music Store.
This week marks the debut of the Tony Takitani soundtrack exclusively through iTunes. Both the film and soundtrack continue to receive rave reviews. NY Newsday said, " The caressingly sad score by Ryuichi Sakamoto, like the film it enhances, is a jewel."
Tony Takitani has opened in the top 70 films currently screening in the US, despite currently only showing at one theater.
Also available this week is the Fennesz / Sakamoto debut, sala santa cecilia. See why Stylus Magazine has said, "If the album fares as well as this EP, the experimental music community will collectively wet themselves."
Finally, wrapping up our new releases this week is the previously out of print Gohatto, the majestic score to the Nagisa Oshima film.
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