Ryuichi Sakamoto: “I’ve always wanted to be surprised by something new.”

My interview with the composer, Maestro Ryuichi Sakamoto, the protagonist of a documentary on his life titled Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda.


Maestro Ryuichi Sakamoto is the subject of a documentary directed by Stephen Nomura Schible, titled Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda. The film premiered out of competition at the Venice Film Festival last year, where I had the chance to interview both the director and the protagonist of the film.

One of the fascinating things about the film was its depiction of Sakamoto’s endless search for sounds. I asked him about it and the origins of this search during my interview with him. This was his answer:

Somehow, I’ve always wanted to hear unknown sounds. Not only sounds – I’ve always wanted to meet unknown people, to eat unknown tastes. I’m full of curiosity. I’ve always wanted to be surprised by something new. There are a lot of places I’ve never been to on this Earth – very tiny Earth, but there are a lot of places I’ve never been, so I love to go anywhere I will hear unknown sounds. But unknown sounds could be anywhere, like, just a regular street somewhere. In Paris you can hear something unknown just by chance, so you need to open your ears totally, 24 hours, even when you sleep!

My interview with Maestro Sakamoto and Nomura Schible is available to stream on audio podcast format on FRED Film Radio here, http://www.fred.fm/uk/stephen-nomura-schible-ryuichi-sakamoto-ryuichi-sakamoto-coda-venezia74/, and in video format, which you can see on the player below:


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