In May 2020, Ryuichi Sakamoto started a new audio-visual series entitled ‘incomplete’. Ten videos have been released so far on YouTube, and the eleventh one was just broadcasted exclusively as a livestream on the Festival de Cannes / Marche Du Film website on June 24.
Both the music and the visuals from the series are mellow, mesmerising, meditative, stark and stunning. The visuals, brought to our eyes by NYC art collective Zakkubalan, are all in black and white, and show mysterious footage of the moon, quiet buildings, trees swaying. The music, with each track being a collaboration, transports us into a fictional world where doom does not exist.
“In these times when things are not ‘normal’, I wanted to document the sensations I’ve been feeling,” says Sakamoto. The collaborators so far have included Alva Noto, Lenzan Kudo, Christian Fennesz, Ross Kare, Khyam Allami and many more.
The latest track and visual for the ‘incomplete’ series is a collaboration with American composer Laurie Anderson and American guitarist Arto Linzay. Unfortunately, it has not been released on YouTube (yet, we hope). As we wait, the first ten tracks of the ‘incomplete’ series must suffice. Listen below:
Check out our May story on Sakamoto’s 'Playing the Piano for the Isolated' here, and our January story on Sakamoto’s collaboration with director Luca Guadagnino for his short film 'The Staggering Girl' here.