Yellow Magic Orchestra

Yellow Magic Orchestra (abbreviated as YMO) is a Japanese electronic music band consisting of principal members Haruomi Hosono (bass, keyboards, vocals), Yukihiro Takahashi (drums, lead vocals) and Ryuichi Sakamoto (keyboards, vocals). For their early studio albums and live performances, the band was often accompanied by music programmer Hideki Matsutake.

Each of its members were seasoned veterans of the music industry before Hosono formed the band as a one-off exploration of computerized exotica, initially paying tribute to performers such as Les Baxter and Martin Denny while also parodying Western conceptions of the orient. Over the course of YMO's career, the group continued to embrace new technologies, fusing them with classic pop forms, and indulging in sociopolitical, technological, or musical subversion.

They are often considered influential innovators in the field of popular electronic music. They contributed to the development of synthpop.

YMO were pioneers in their use of synthesizers, samplers, sequencers, drum machines, computers, and digital recording technology in popular music, during a time when these technologies were seen as novelties. The band is considered "ahead of their time," for anticipating the global trend towards drum machines and sampling, for having anticipated the "electropop boom" of the 1980s, their "pro-technological viewpoint," their use of video game sounds and bleeps, and for experimenting heavily with computers and electronic instruments.

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Releases

Sleeve Title Year Format
Yellow Magic Orchestra = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* - Public Pressure = 公的抑圧 = パブリック・プレッシャー 2019 SACD, Hybrid, Stereo, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Yellow Magic Orchestra = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* - Solid State Survivor = ソリッド・ステイト・サヴァイヴァー 1979 Vinyl, LP, Album
Yellow Magic Orchestra = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* - Solid State Survivor = ソリッド・ステイト・サヴァイヴァー 1980 Vinyl, LP, Album, Repress
Yellow Magic Orchestra = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* - Solid State Survivor = ソリッド・ステイト・サヴァイヴァー 1982 Vinyl, LP, Album, Repress
Yellow Magic Orchestra = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* - Solid State Survivor = ソリッド・ステイト・サヴァイヴァー 1980 Vinyl, LP, Album, Repress, Stereo
イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* = Yellow Magic Orchestra - ライディーン = Rydeen 1980 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single, Promo, Stereo
Y.M.O.* = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* - Propaganda (A Y.M.O. Film) = プロパガンダ 2001 DVD, DVD-Video, NTSC, Copy Protected, Reissue, Stereo
Yellow Magic Orchestra = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* - Solid State Survivor = ソリッド・ステイト・サヴァイヴァー 2018 SACD, Hybrid, Stereo, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Yellow Magic Orchestra = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* - Yellow Magic Orchestra = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ 1979 Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* = Yellow Magic Orchestra - ライディーン = Rydeen 1980 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo
イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* = Yellow Magic Orchestra - テクノポリス = Technopolis 1980 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single, Repress, Stereo
イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* = Yellow Magic Orchestra - ライディーン = Rydeen 1980 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo
Yellow Magic Orchestra = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* - Yellow Magic Orchestra (US Version) = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ (US版) 2018 SACD, Hybrid, Stereo, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Yellow Magic Orchestra = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* - Yellow Magic Orchestra = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ 2018 SACD, Hybrid, Stereo, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Yellow Magic Orchestra, イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* - Solid State Survivor = ソリッド・ステイト・サヴァイヴァー 1983 Vinyl, LP, Album, Repress
Yellow Magic Orchestra = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* - Yellow Magic Orchestra = イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ (日本版) 1992 CD, Album, Reissue, Stereo
イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ* = Yellow Magic Orchestra - テクノポリス = Technopolis 1979 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Repress, Stereo
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Public Pressure 2015 Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Numbered, Reissue
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Yellow Magic (Tong Poo) 1979 Vinyl, 12"
YMO* - 以心電信 (You've Got To Help Yourself) 1983 Vinyl, 7"
Y.M.O.* - CD Selection Y.M.O. Sealed 1988 CD, Compilation
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Service 2015 CD, Album, Reissue
Y.M.O.* - Naughty Boys (Instrumental) 1990 CD, Album, Reissue
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Public Pressure 1980 Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Promo
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Public Pressure 1998 CD, Album, Reissue, Limited Edition
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Public Pressure 公的抑圧 1980 Cassette, Album
Yellow Magic Orchestra - 増殖 X∞ Multiplies 2010 CD, Mini-Album, Reissue, Remastered, Limited Edition
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Y.M.O. Mega Mix 1986 Vinyl, 7", Promo
Y.M.O.* - Y.M.O.History 1991 CD, Compilation, Reissue
Y.M.O.* - Y.M.O. Singles Collection 単曲全集 1993 CD, Compilation, Unofficial Release
Yellow Magic Orchestra - X∞Multiplies 1980 Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Yellow Magic Orchestra - No Nukes 2012 2015 CDr, Album, Promo
YMO* - Service 1983 Vinyl, LP, Album
YMO* - BGM 1981 Vinyl, LP, Album
YMO* - Technodelic 2015 CD, Album, Reissue, Stereo
Yellow Magic Orchestra - X∞Multiplies 1980 Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Computer Game (Theme From The Invaders) 1980 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single
Yellow Magic Orchestra - The YMO Micro Sampler 1980 Vinyl, 5", 33 ⅓ RPM, EP, Promo, Sampler
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Yellow Magic Orchestra 1979 Vinyl, LP, Album
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Yellow Magic Orchestra 1978 Vinyl, LP, Album, Misprint
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Computer Game 1979 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Everytime I Look Around (I Hear The Madmen Call) 1984 Vinyl, 7"
YMO* - BGM 1987 CD, Album, Reissue
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Yellow Magic Orchestra 1979 Vinyl, LP, Album, Promo
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Tighten Up 1992 Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Solid State Survivor = ソリッドステイト・サヴァイヴァー 1992 CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Postymo 2009 DVD, DVD-Video, NTSC
YMO* - After Service 2019 Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered
Yellow Magic Orchestra - YMO Remixes 99-00 The Best 2005 CD, Compilation
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Hi-Tech Video Crime 1992 Laserdisc, NTSC

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