Yellow Magic Orchestra |  Artist

Yellow Magic Orchestra | Artist

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Yellow Magic Orchestra was a Japanese electronic music band formed 1978 in Tokyo by Haruomi Hosono (bass, keyboards, electronic, vocals), Yukihiro Takahashi (drums, electronics, vocals) and Ryuichi Sakamoto (keyboards, electronics, vocals). The group is considered influential and innovative in the field of popular electronic music and was the launching point for prominent solo artists Harry Hosono and Ryuichi Sakamoto. All the band members were pioneers in their use of synthesizers, samplers, sequencers, drum machines, computers, and digital recording technology, and effectively anticipated the synth-pop boom of the 1980s. They released the surprise global hit "Computer Game" in 1978, reaching the UK Top 20 and selling 400,000 copies in the US. Their debut album was credited to Harry Hosono and The Yellow Magic Orchestra, and was more of a Hosono solo album, than a group work. By the time of their next album Yellow Magic Orchestra (1978) and certainly the superb follow up Solid State Survivor (1979), the band had found their characteristic sound, and become recognised on the world stage. The band released ten studio albums, plus several excellent live albums. Standouts include Yellow Magic Orchestra, Solid State Survivor, Technodelic, Naughty Boys and YMO World Tour Live.

Artist Website: ymo.org

Featured Albums: Yellow Magic Orchestra

Related Artists: Ryuichi Sakamoto, Haruomi Hosono, Akiko Yano, Sadistic Mika Band