Performing with YMO in 2008
|Also known as||Harry Hosono|
July 9, 1947 |
Minato, Tokyo, Japan
|Genres||Ambient (ambient techno), Electronic (chiptune, dance, electro, electronica, game, house, techno, trance), Exotica, Experimental (avant‑garde), Funk, J‑pop, Rock, Synthpop, Worldbeat|
|Occupations||Musician, record producer, song writer|
|Associated acts||Yellow Magic Orchestra, Happy End, Sketch Show, Tin Pan Alley, Apryl Fool|
|Website||Daisy World Wide Web|
Haruomi Hosono (細野 晴臣 Hosono Haruomi , born July 9, 1947 in Minato, Tokyo), also known as Harry Hosono, is a renowned Japanese musician, best known internationally as a key member of the rock band Happy End and the pioneering electronic music band Yellow Magic Orchestra.
Hosono is the grandson of Masabumi Hosono the only Japanese passenger and survivor of the sinking of RMS Titanic. Hosono first came to attention in Japan as the bass player of the psychedelic rock band Apryl Fool, alongside drummer Takashi Matsumoto, who released the album The Apryl Fool in 1969. Hosono and Matsumoto then formed the influential folk rock group Happy End with Eiichi Ohtaki and Shigeru Suzuki. One of the songs he composed for Happy End, "Kaze wo Atsumete" (1971), later appeared in the American film Lost In Translation and on its soundtrack in 2003. After Happy End disbanded around 1974, Hosono worked with a loose association of artists making "exotica"-style music under the title Tin Pan Alley.
His involvement in electronic music also dates back to the early 1970s, when he performed the electric bass for Inoue Yousui's folk pop rock album Ice World (1973) and Osamu Kitajima's progressive/psychedelic rock album Benzaiten (1974), both of which were electronic rock records utilizing synthesizers, electric guitars, and in the latter, electronic drums and rhythm machines.
In 1977, Hosono invited Ryuichi Sakamoto and Yukihiro Takahashi to work on his exotica-flavoured album Paraiso, which included electronic music produced using the Yamaha CS-80 polyphonic synthesizer and ARP Odyssey synthesizer. The band was named "Harry Hosono and the Yellow Magic Band" and, having been recorded in late 1977, Paraiso was released in early 1978. The three worked together again for the 1978 electronic album Pacific, which included an early version of the song "Cosmic Surfin".
In 1978, he released an innovative electronic soundtrack for a fictional Bollywood film Cochin Moon, together with artist Tadanori Yokoo and future YMO band members Ryuichi Sakamoto and Hideki Matsutake. Inspired by a trip to India and "the exotic, luxurious, and seemingly wonder-filled scenarios played out in Indian cinemas," it was an experimental "electro-exotica" album fusing exotic Indian music (reminiscent of Ravi Shankar and Bollywood music) with electronic music, including an early "synth raga" song entitled "Hum Ghar Sajan" (from a Guru Granth Sahib phrase). The same year, he contributed to Sakamoto's song "1000 Knives" for his solo album, The Thousand Knives of Ryuichi Sakamoto, which experimented with fusing electronic music with traditional Japanese music in early 1978.
Eventually in 1978, Hosono formed the Yellow Magic Orchestra with Yukihiro Takahashi and Ryuichi Sakamoto. The Yellow Magic Orchestra (a.k.a. YMO) released a number of albums in the late 70s and early 80s to considerable acclaim both inside and outside Japan. After YMO disbanded in 1984, Hosono released a number of solo albums covering a variety of styles, including film soundtracks, and a variety of electronic ambient albums.
He was one of the first producers to recognize the appeal of video game sounds and music. YMO's self titled debut in 1978 contained substantial video game sounds and after YMO disbanded an early project was an album simply titled Video Game Music containing mixed and edited Namco arcade game music and sounds. Video Game Music was released in 1984 as an early example of a chiptune record and the first video game music album. That same year, he also produced the theme song for Hayao Miyazaki's popular anime film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, "Kaze no Tani no Naushika", with vocals by actress-singer Narumi Yasuda. In the late 80s and early 90s, the influence of world music on his music deepened, and he worked with international singers and musicians such as Amina Annabi.
As well as recording his own music, Haruomi has done considerable production work for other artists such as Miharu Koshi, Sheena and the Roketts, Sandii and the Sunsetz, Chisato Moritaka and Seiko Matsuda.
He has produced a number of short term band projects as a band member. His first post-YMO band was Friends of Earth. As with most of his projects he combines musical styles he's interested in. F.O.E. seemed to be a combination of Funk and Techno and included a collaboration with James Brown and Maceo Parker for a remake of the song "Sex Machine". Another notable band project was 1995's Love, Peace & Trance. Members were Mimori Yusa ("Love"), Miyako Koda ("Peace"), Haruomi Hosono ("&") and Mishio Ogawa ("Trance").
In the 1990s he started the Daisyworld label to release a wide range of experimental artists from Japan and the rest of the world. Hosono collaborated on many of the releases, such as World Standard, a trip into Americana; HAT, a supergroup (the acronym stands for Hosono, Atom Heart, Tetsu Inoue),and "Quiet Logic", by Mixmaster Morris and Jonah Sharp. The Orb also paid tribute with a series of remixes including the notorious "Hope You Choke On Your Whalemeat".
In 2002 Haruomi formed the duo Sketch Show with his YMO band-mate Yukihiro Takahashi. They have released two albums, one of which, Loophole, has received a UK release. When the third former YMO member, Ryuichi Sakamoto deepened his involvement it was decided to bill those collaborations as Human Audio Sponge.
In 2007, his fellow YMO members and other artist paid tribute to Haruomi with a 2-disc album titled "Tribute to Haruomi" in Spring of 2007. Also, that same year, the animated film Appleseed Ex Machina was released featuring a soundtrack performed and supervised by Hosono.
In September 2010 he performed at the De La Fantasia festival and played songs from his upcoming album.
In February 2011 it was announced that his new album, entitled "HoSoNoVa" will be released on 20 April and will be performing a special concert to celebrate its release.
Bands and Collaborations 
- Apryl Fool
- Happy End
- Tin Pan Alley
- Yellow Magic Orchestra
- Friends Of Earth (F.O.E) (with Eiki Nonaka)
- HIS (with Kiyoshirō Imawano and Fuyumi Sakamoto)
- Love, Peace & Trance (Mimori Yusa, Miyako Koda and Mishio Ogawa)
- Swing Slow (with Miharu Koshi)
- HAT (with Atom Heart and Tetsu Inoue)
- Harry & Mac (with Makoto Kubota)
- Tin Pan (with Tatsuo Hayashi and Shigeru Suzuki)
- Sketch Show (with Yukihiro Takahashi)
- HASYMO (previously Human Audio Sponge) (Sketch Show and Ryuichi Sakamoto, with Keigo Oyamada, Hiroshi Takano, Christian Fennesz, Tomohiko Gondō and Ren Takada as live support)
- Hosono House (1973, Bellwood)
- Tropical Dandy (1975, Nippon Crown/Panam)
- Taian Yōkō (泰安洋行) - Bon Voyage Co. (1976, Nippon Crown/Panam)
- Paraiso (はらいそ Haraiso ) (1978, by "Harry Hosono and The Yellow Magic Band", Alfa)
- Cochin Moon (コチンの月 Kochin no Tsuki ) (1978, by Haruomi Hosono and Tadanori Yokō, King Records)
- Philharmony (1982)
- S·F·X (1984, by "Haruomi Hosono with Friends Of Earth", Teichiku/Non-Standard)
- Coincidental Music (1985)
- Mercuric Dance (1985, Teichiku/Monad)
- The Endless Talking (1985, Teichiku/Monad)
- Omni Sight Seeing (1989)
- Medicine Compilation (1993, Epic Sony)
- Mental Sports Mixes (1993, Sony Tristar)
- Good Sport (1995, Clock)
- Naga (1995, FOA)
- N.D.E. ("Near Death Experience") (1995, Mercury)
- Interpieces Organization (1996, by Haruomi Hosono & Bill Laswell, Teichiku)
- Road to Louisiana (ルイジアナ珍道中 Ruijiana Chindōchū ) (1999, by "Harry & Mac" (Makoto Kubota), Epic)
- Flying Saucer 1947 (2007, "Harry Hosono & The World Shyness", Victor/Speedstar)
- HoSoNoVa (2011, Victor)
Soundtrack Albums 
- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984, anime soundtrack, produced theme song "Kaze no Tani no Naushika" sung by Narumi Yasuda)
- Nokto de la galaksia fervojo (銀河鉄道の夜 Ginga Tetsudō no Yoru ) (1985, movie soundtrack, Teichiku/Non-Standard)
- Paradise View (1985, movie soundtrack, Teichiku/Monad)
- The Tale of Genji (源氏物語 Genji Monogatari ) (1987, movie soundtrack, Epic Sony)
- La Maison de Himiko (2005, movie soundtrack, Warner Music Japan)
- Ex Machina Original Soundtrack/Original Soundtrack Complete Edition (soundtrack surpervision, composition of some tracks) (2007, Commmons)
Compilation Albums 
- Hosono Box 1969-2000 (2000, Daisyworld)
- Harry Hosono Crown Years 1974-1977 (2007)
Tribute Albums 
- Tribute to Haruomi Hosono (2007, Commmons)
- Strange Song Book — Tribute to Haruomi Hosono 2 (2008, Commmons)
- CBS/Sony Sound Image Series:
- Pacific (with Shigeru Suzuki and Tatsuro Yamashita) (tracks 1, 4 and 8 composed and performed by Hosono) (1978)
- The Aegen Sea (with Takahiko Ishikawa and Masataka Matsutoya) (tracks 3 and 4 composed and performed by Hosono) (1979)
- Vol. 1 - Island Music (tracks 1, 7, 9 and 10 composed and performed by Hosono) (1983)
- Vol. 2 - Off Shore (tracks 1 and 2 composed and performed by Hosono) (1983)
- Love, Peace & Trance (1995)
Composition Work 
- Imokin Trio (イモ欽トリオ):
- High School Lullaby (1981)
- Teardrop Tanteidan (ティアドロップ探偵団) (1982)
- Teenage Eagles (1983)
- Apogee & Perigee (Jun Togawa, Yuji Miyake and other artists):
- Getsusekai Ryokou (月世界旅行) (1984, Alfa)
- Shinkuu Kiss (真空キッス) (1984, Alfa)
- Tegoku no Kiss/Wagamama na Kataomoi (天国のキッス／わがままな片想い) (1983)
- Glass no Ringo (ガラスの林檎) (1983)
- Pink no Mozart (ピンクのモーツァルト) (1984)
- New York Monogatari (紐育物語) (1983)
- Whiskey Ira no Machi de (ウイスキー色の街で)
- 夢・恋・人 (1983)
- 春 Mon Amour
- Kumiko Yamashita: 赤道小町ドキッ (1982)
- Narumi Yasuda: Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä (風の谷のナウシカ Kaze no Tani no Naushika , Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind) (image song for the film) (1984)
- Chisato Moritaka: Miracle Light (ミラクルライト) (1997)
- Mitsuko Horie: Kiteretsu Daihyakka no Uta (キテレツ大百科のうた) (1987, Kiteretsu Daihyakka 90 minute special opening theme)
- Mika Matsubara: Paradise Beach (Sophie's Theme) (パラダイス ビーチ(ソフィーのテーマ) Paradaisu Biichi (Sofii no Teema) )
- Starbow: Heartbreak Taiyōzoku (ハートブレイク太陽族) (1982)
- Kuniko Yamada: Tetsugaku Shiyō (哲学しよう)
- Kawakamisan to Nagashimasan: きたかチョーさんまってたドン(1983)
- Masatō Ibu: Datte, Hormone Love (だって、ホルモンラブ)
- Jun Togawa: 玉姫様 (1984)
- "NHK News Today" opening theme (1988, NHK TV)
- Chappie[disambiguation needed]: Tanabata no Yoru, Kimi ni Aitai (七夕の夜、君に逢いたい) (1999)
- "Yoimachigusa" (evening primrose) (1974): Music
- "Natsu no himitsu" (Summer secret) (1982): Music
- "Izakaya Chōji" (1983)
- "A Y.M.O. FILM PROPAGANDA" (1984)
- "Ginga tetsudô no yoru" (Night on the Galactic Railroad) (1985): Music
- "Paradaizu byu" (Paradise view) (1985)
- "Shigatsu no sakana" (1985)
- "Ningen no yakusoku" (A promise) (1986): Music
- "Jazu daimyô" (Jazz daimyô) (1986)
- "Murasaki SHikubu-Genji Monogatari" (Murasaki Shikibu-The Tale of Genji): Music
- "Binetsu shônen" (1987)
- "Hoshi o tsugumono" (1990): Music
- "Sazan uinzu" (Sazan Wins) (1993): Music
- "On the way" (2000): Music
- "Mezon do Himiko" (House of Himiko) (2005): Music
- "EX MACHINA" (2007): Music supervising director
- "Noruwei no mori" (Norwegian Wood (film)) (2010): Record Shop Manager
See also 
- "Top 100 Japanese pops Artists - No.4". hmv.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-04-26.
- "Bande originale : Lost in translation". EcranLarge. 2005-08-18. Retrieved 2008-03-23.
- 井上陽水 – 氷の世界 at Discogs (Translation)
- Osamu Kitajima – Benzaiten at Discogs
- Harry Hosono And The Yellow Magic Band – Paraiso at Discogs
- Pacific at Discogs
- Dominique Leone (July 19, 2005). "Hosono & Yokoo: Cochin Moon". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2011-05-26.
- Ryuichi Sakamoto – Thousand Knives Of at Discogs
- Haruomi Hosono – Video Game Music at Discogs (list of releases)
- Carlo Savorelli. "Xevious". Hardcore Gaming 101. p. 2. Retrieved 2011-06-11.
- "Kaze no Tani no Naushika (Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind): Credits, Figures & Other Information". Nausicaa.net. Retrieved 2011-06-23.
- Harry "Haruomi" Hosono at Allmusic
- Haruomi Hosono discography, news, and general information at Music City
- Official Sketch Show website (Avex)
- Nippop Profile | Sketch Show