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Yukihiro Takahashimusician, best known as the drummer and lead vocalist of the world-famous Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO:), died. He was 70 years old.

Takahashi announced in 2020 that he had undergone surgery for a brain tumor and had been receiving treatment ever since.

Takahashi was born in Tokyo and was already working as a studio musician when he was still in high school. During his college years, he made his debut as the drummer for the Sadistic Mika Band (the late Kazuhiko Katoh founded in 1972), and the group later toured the United Kingdom and other countries.

Then Takahashi was formed YMO: with Harumi Hosono and: Ryuichi Sakamoto in 1978. YMO:the techno-pop sound with synthesizers became popular not only in Japan but also during overseas tours. Their hits include the song “Rydeen” and the 1981 albums BGM: and: Technodelic. In addition to drumming and singing for the group, Takahashi also spearheaded their stage fashion, exemplified by the iconic Chinese-inspired red ensembles.

Takahashi also had a successful solo career and later formed other groups such as the duo The Beatniks. Moonriders:Keiichi Suzukithe pupa band with: Tomoyo Harada and: Ren Takadaand METAFIVE the band back Keigo Oyamada (Cornelius) Outside of music, she found success as a fashion designer and appeared in films, especially those directed by the late. Nobuhiko Obayashi Such as Shigatsu no Sakana, The Discarnatesand: Movie labyrinth.

In the anime, Takahashi composed the song “Families”. Nadia – The secret of blue water. He also contributed to the film’s soundtrack Appleseed – ex-car and write songs Ghost in the Shell Arise and: Mr. Osomatsu. YMO:songs appeared in anime soundtracks Only yesterday, Maria Holikand: Sound! Ephonium.

Several of Takahashi’s close colleagues and fellow musicians organized a concert last September to commemorate Takashi’s fifth decade as a musician, although Takahashi himself was unable to attend.

Source: Yomiuri Shimbun, Asahi Shimbun via Hachima Kikō


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