Yellow Magic Orchestra

Yellow Magic Orchestra

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Japanese electropop band, formed in 1978.

The principal members were Haruomi Hosono (bass), Yukihiro Takahashi (drums) and Ryuichi Sakamoto (keyboards).

The band was originally conceived as a one-off studio project by Hosono, the other two members being recruited session musicians - the idea was to produce an album fusing orientalist exotica (cf their cover version of Martin Denny's Firecracker) with modern electronics. However the first album (with its cutting-edge production) was very popular, and the studio project grew into a fully fledged touring band and career for its three members.

Making abundant use of new synthesizers, samplers, digital and computer recording technology as it became available, their popularity and influence extended beyond Japan. Generally the band are highly regarded as pioneers of electronic music, and continue to be remixed and sampled by modern artists.

The band had stopped working together by 1984, the three members returning to their solo careers. They released a one-off reunion album, Technodon, in 1993.

The early 2000s saw Hosono & 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 unit "Human Audio Sponge" when he participates.
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Yellow Magic Orchestra Discography

Albums

Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra (Album) Alfa Japan 1978 Sell This Version
Yellow Magic Orchestra Solid State Survivor (Album) Alfa Japan 1979 Sell This Version
Yellow Magic Orchestra Public Pressure (Album) Alfa Japan 1980 Sell This Version
Yellow Magic Orchestra 増殖 X∞Multiplies (MiniAlbum, Album) Alfa Japan 1980 Sell This Version
YMO-5 Yellow Magic Orchestra The YMO Micro Sampler(5", Promo, Smplr, Yel) A&M Records YMO-5 US 1980 Sell This Version
YMO* Technodelic (Album) Alfa Japan 1981 Sell This Version
YMO* BGM (Album) Alfa Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Yellow Magic Orchestra Naughty Boys (Album) Alfa Japan 1983 Sell This Version
Yellow Magic Orchestra Service (Album) Alfa Records, Inc Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
Y.M.O.* Naughty Boys (Instrumental) (Album) Alfa Records, Inc Japan 1983 Sell This Version
Yellow Magic Orchestra After Service (Album) Alfa Japan 1984 Sell This Version
Yellow Magic Orchestra Faker Holic YMO World Tour Live (Album) Alfa Japan 1991 Sell This Version
YMO* Complete Service (Album) Alfa, Alfa Japan 1992 Sell This Version
Yellow Magic Orchestra Live At Kinokuni-Ya Hall 1978 (Album) Alfa Japan 1993 Sell This Version
Yellow Magic Orchestra Technodon (Album) Eastworld Japan 1993 Sell This Version
TOCT-8050 Y̶M̶O̶* Technodon Remixes I(CD, MiniAlbum) Eastworld TOCT-8050 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
TOCT-8070 YMO* Technodon Remixes II(CD, Album) Eastworld TOCT-8070 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
TOCT-8090 YMO* Technodon Live(CD, Album) Eastworld TOCT-8090 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
ALCA-543 Yellow Magic Orchestra Live At Budokan 1980(CD) Alfa ALCA-543 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
ALCA-5055 Yellow Magic Orchestra YMO - Winter - Live - 1981(CD, Album) Alfa ALCA-5055 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
Yellow Magic Orchestra World Tour 1980 (Album) Alfa Japan 1996 Sell This Version
COCD-9221 Y.M.O.* By The Balanescu Quartet Y.M.O.* By The Balanescu Quartet - East Meets East(CD, Album) Consipio Records COCD-9221 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
ALCA-5150 Yellow Magic Orchestra Live At Greek Theater 1979(CD, Album) Alfa ALCA-5150 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
ALCA-5250 YMO* & Bakusho-Mondai + Hidekazu Nagai YMO* & Bakusho-Mondai + Hidekazu Nagai - 増長 X∞Presumptuous(CD, Album) Alfa Records, Inc ALCA-5250 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
Y.M.O.* Naughty Boys & Instrumental (Album) SMEJ Japan 2003 Sell This Version