Harry "Haruomi" Hosono

Coincidental Music

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If the title makes this CD sound like a selection of soundtrack work, you'd be right. Hosono, while not making the big splash in Western soundtrack work as YMO member Ryuichi Sakamoto, has kept steadily busy with music for installations, commercials, TV, even video games (Super Xevious for one). Hosono's melodies and choices of sonic pallet (mostly his banks of synthesizers) are quite close to Sakamoto in their reworking of Asian sounds, particularly on "The Man of China" and "Sayokoskatti." Elsewhere, listeners will be reminded of Eric Satie ("Normandia"), Claude Debussy ("Nokto de la Galaksia Fervojo"), or Nino Rota ("Pietro Germi"). In its own modest way, very satisfying.

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