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Ryuichi Sakamoto Shares New Arrangement of Yellow Magic Orchestra’s “Tong Poo”: Listen

Ryuichi Sakamoto Shares New Arrangement of Yellow Magic Orchestra’s “Tong Poo”: Listen

Created at Junya Watanabe’s request for the designer’s Spring/Summer 2022 collection

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Ryuichi Sakamoto, February 2018 (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Ryuichi Sakamoto has shared a new arrangement of Yellow Magic Orchestra’s “Tong Poo,” created for Junya Watanabe’s Spring/Summer 2022 collection. It’s the composer’s second reworking of the 1978 composition, after playing it on piano for 1999’s BTTB. “Tong Poo for Junya Watanabe” also got a limited physical release of 500 copies on 12″ vinyl, featuring two new versions of the song. Hear the new track and watch the fashion show below.

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Earlier this year, Sakamoto shared his soundtrack to Minamata, director Andrew Levitas’ film about the war photographer W. Eugene Smith. Also earlier this year, he released his soundtrack for the Netflix movie Beckett. In January, the musician was diagnosed with cancer for the second time in a decade.

Check out “Nine Essential Ryuichi Sakamoto Collaborations to Know” on the Pitch.

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