Yukihiro Takahashi, the influential musician, drummer, and vocalist who co-founded Yellow Magic Orchestra, has died, The Japan Times studies. Takahashi underwent surgical procedure to take away a mind tumor in August 2020. The next yr, he revealed he was affected by extra well being issues. Takahashi was making an attempt to get better at his dwelling in Karzuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, however he caught pneumonia in early January and it worsened, in line with Japanese publication Sponichi. Takahashi was 70 years previous.
Born on June 6, 1952, Yukihiro Takahashi was drawn to music because of the affect of his older brother, Nobuyuki. He realized the way to drum by taking part in with school musicians at events whereas he was nonetheless in junior excessive. By the point he turned 16, Takahashi began working professionally as a studio musician, recording drum components for TV commercials, and started selecting up gigs in different bands.
Takahashi first garnered mainstream consideration in Japan within the Nineteen Seventies whereas drumming within the Sadistic Mika Band. As a drummer, dance music from the U.S. was “an enormous affect” at the moment, and he discovered himself drawn in direction of pop, soul, and Motown. After the group dissolved, Takahashi employed Ryuichi Sakamoto to supply Saravah!, his 1977 debut solo album that drew inspiration from French pop. That very same yr, the 2 had been employed by Haruomi Hosono to document on his personal album, Paraiso, which was credited to Harry Hosono and the Yellow Magic Band. Come 1978, the three musicians formally shaped the Yellow Magic Orchestra collectively.
Yellow Magic Orchestra launched their debut self-titled album upon forming in 1978. Its use of pc know-how, synths, and online game samples was instantly distinctive, prompting each nationwide and worldwide curiosity within the band. Yellow Magic Orchestra is basically thought-about to be a pioneering album within the the synthpop style consequently, having bought over 250,000 copies in Japan, getting into each the Billboard 200 and Billboard R&B Albums charts, and its single “Laptop Recreation / Firecracker” turning into a high 20 hit within the U.Ok.
Yellow Magic Orchestra adopted their breakthrough debut with 1979’s Stable State Survivor. The band went on to launch seven albums whole throughout their preliminary run, together with 1980’s ×∞ Multiplies, 1981’s BGM and Technodelic, and 1983’s Naughty Boys and Service. When Yellow Magic Orchestra reunited for the primary time in 1992, they started working within the studio, writing and recording what could be their 1993 comeback album Technodon, though label points prevented them from releasing it below their authentic moniker. It was the primary of many information to be launched below names like YMO (crossed out by a big “x”), Human Audio Sponge, and HASYMO transferring ahead.