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he's one of the people I listened when I was just getting into ambient\ electronic music, and actually inspired me a lot when it came to writing music of my own.
A proper legend of the genre imo.
One of the all-time greats.
'Sakura' is a great album and he has many more besides. 'Kodomatochi' must be one of favourite tracks by anyone too. Very sad news
You know, I think this is the most upset I've ever been at learning of the death of a musician. I adored Susumu's music. Not all of it - his output of releases is so vast and many that there were bound to be some clunkers in the mix - but the winners he did put out rank among my favourite all time albums. Grinning Cat, Sakura, Symbol, Sound of Sky, The Boy & the Tree, Kaleidoscope; all are excellent albums that took me to different places and served as exercises in comforting escapism. Everyone should listen to Grinning Cat if you haven't - it is magical in the truest sense of the word.
This is deeply deeply upsetting news. I can't believe he's gone. I was even checking on Google every now and then the past few months to see if there was any news about him putting out a new album.
I first heard about him via a review on John Earl's Planet Sound on Teletext, when he (or maybe somebody else) reviewed Symbol and gave it 8/10. I felt compelled to listen to it based on that review and the rest is history. It was that album that led to me discovering not just his discography, but Japanese music in general. Every Japanese band or artist I fell in love with was in some part thanks to him.
That was 10 years ago. Holy shit.
Such a comforting record, every little moment of 'I recognise that!'. It makes you feel included by classical music, rather that excluded because you don't know enough or whatever.
It's an album based around a central concept of taking excerpts of well known classical compositions and molding original music around them to create something both new and familiar. Yet with Yokota's deft touch, he never made it sound trite or gimmicky; he made it his own. A spectacularly beautiful album, and one that flows effortlessly from start to finish.
remember when I was first getting in to ambient stuff how Sakura sounded amazing and still does to this day :(
Had a listen last night and felt quite emotional
listening to Kaleidoscope now.
I listened to him a lot in my formative ambient years.
Grinning Cat is a current favourite.
Where might one go from here?
Also his collaboration with Rothko, Distant Sounds of Summer, is amazing. It's a slightly different set of sounds to his other work (Rothko's influence, I guess), but really special.
They're both on Spotify, magic.
I'd say Symbol is definitely among his more immediate (and best) albums. Definitely well worth listening to.
Both prolific guys, known for creating lots of different 'worlds' that are just great to escape to, both died way too young (54/55). Now playing Smash Bros on slo-mo while listening to Sakura is going to be extremely sad rather that trippy and great.
You know, I find it very surprising that he apparently passed away as far back as March, yet news of his death has only been publicly revealed now. And the circumstances surrounding his death have been kept purposefully vague as well. Whatever he died of, I hope he didn't suffer too much.
it sounds like the delay was due to the fact that they weren't aware of his music industry connections.