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Tributes pour in as Yellow Magic Orchestra co-founder dies aged 70

Yukihiro Takahashi, the influential musician, drummer, vocalist, and clothier handed away on the age of 70, on January 11, 2023. The co-founder of Yellow Magic Orchestra was identified with a mind tumor in 2020 and made common hospital visits throughout his rehabilitation following surgical procedure.

Based on Takahashi’s administration, the musician was recuperating at his residence in Karzuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, since November 2022. Nonetheless, he caught pneumonia in early January, resulting in additional deterioration of his situation, per the Japanese publication Sponichi.

Takahashi died on account of aspiration pneumonia, which was brought on by his mind situation.


Tributes pour in for Yukihiro Takahashi because the drummer dies on the age of 70

Yukihiro Takahashi was born in Tokyo in 1952. He kick-started his profession as a musician whereas he was nonetheless in highschool. The artist was impressed by his older brother, Nobuyuki, and discovered to drum alongside faculty musicians whereas nonetheless in junior excessive.

On the age of 16, he started working professionally as a studio musician, and within the Nineteen Seventies, after performing for the Sadistic Mika Band, he started to earn widespread recognition in Japan. After the group disbanded, Yukihiro Takahashi launched his 1977 solo album, Saravah!which was produced by Ryuichi Sakamoto.

In 1978, Yukihiro Takahashi and Sakamoto have been employed by Haruomi Hosono to file his album, Paradise, which was credited to Hosono and the Yellow Magic Band. The three artists additionally formally shaped the Yellow Magic Orchestra that very same 12 months.

Given his reputation and vary of labor, Twitter was filled with tributes as quickly because the information of Takahashi’s passing turned identified.

RIP Yukihiro Takahashi, who made one of my favorite albums of the 1980s (1981’s Neuromantic) but who also had one of the most charming, devoted relationships with his pandemic puppy 💔 https://t.co/SA5VfKnn1a

been listening to a whole lot of YMO and solo Yukihiro Takahashi this weekend which actually strengthened that good music guidelines and that dudes rock and that hats are cool and that being a foolish man looks like the one means ahead for me and likewise lastly that dudes rock, once more

RIP Yukihiro Takahashi YMO One of my greatest influences in my life. It was wonderful to meet you. 🙁 https://t.co/FVnRAzya8x

April Fish additionally options montages of Yukihiro Takahashi cooking whereas his personal songs play on the soundtrack, actually what extra may you need https://t.co/05OclNmYvn

Yellow Magic Orchestra are one of my top favorite bands of all time. Very sad news that Yukihiro Takahashi has passed away.Yellow Magic Orchestra – X∞Multiplies1980 Alfa https://t.co/7UC3ujUXdt

RIP Yukihiro Takahashi, one of the YMO geniuses, with flawless solo output too (Neuromantic et al.) here with Steve jansen of Japan they collaborated a lot. Haruomi Hosono, Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Sylvian, please hold on there a little bit longer! youtube.com/watch?v=clNt7b… https://t.co/wPzkBLvycf

There’s several people that really opened my eyes to this era of Japanese music and Takahashi was one of the main ones. RIP Yukihiro Takahashi – one of the best drummers, singers, and songwriters https://t.co/qw2KI4r6P1

Saddened to hear about the passing of Yukihiro Takahashi of Yellow Magic Orchestra and beyond. It was an honor to cross paths on occasion throughout the years. https://t.co/J2uLJwnmoo

💔 RIP Yukihiro Takahashi, drummer of Yellow Magic Orchestra who had an amazing solo career as well, i’ll be listening to this one today https://t.co/C9JPKFPEIT


Takahashi labored on 23 solo albums

Yellow Magic Orchestra rose to prominence with their album Yellow Magic Orchestraa widely known instance of the synthpop style that includes pc expertise, synthesizers, and online game sounds.

The album’s prominence is demonstrated by the truth that it entered each the Billboard 200 and Billboard R&B Albums charts.

In 2020, Yukihiro Takahashi informed Dublab:

“I by no means imagined that music from the ’70s in Japan and metropolis pop, which I’ve little or no connection to, would get well-liked within the US I additionally really feel that it is a bit of unusual that my music and music from [others like] Akiko Yano and Haruomi Hosono are all being categorized as metropolis pop.”

He additional added, noting:

“Within the ’70s, Japanese musicians have been being influenced by fusion and pop from the west. Japanese musicians are typically very technical, and although they attempt to imitate western music, it all the time ended up sounding very Japanese, together with the vocals. The individuals from the west now listening to these data, most likely discover a kitsch attraction in them.”

Yukihiro Takahashi launched 7 albums with Yellow Music Orchestra and 23 authentic albums as a solo artist. His most up-to-date work by him was 2013’s LifeAnew.

Aside from his solo profession, Takahashi additionally performed in The Beatniks with Keiichi Suzuki, Sketch Present with Hosono, and Pupa with Tomoyo Harada and Hiroshi Takano, amongst others.


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