May 22, 2019

Ryuichi Sakamoto scores BLACK MIRROR episode “Smithereens” – Soundtrack Coming in June

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– Randall D. Larson

Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto produced the breathtaking electronic-driven score to the BLACK MIRROR episode “Smithereens,” directed by James Hawes and starring Andrew Scott, Damson Idris, and Topher Grace. Netflix shared the following synopsis of the episode: “A cab driver with an agenda becomes the center of attention on a day that rapidly spirals out of control.”

Milan Records will release the score to “Smithereens” on June 7th, 2019. A vinyl edition is to follow.

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Ryuichi Sakamoto (Photo: nss (zakkubalan) [cropped]

Inspired by older anthology series like THE TWILIGHT ZONE, BLACK MIRROR is a British science fiction anthology television series that examines modern society, particularly with regard to the unanticipated consequences of new technologies. Episodes are standalone, usually set in an alternative present or the near future, often with a dark and satirical tone, though some are more experimental and lighter. Season 5 to the acclaimed series will air on Netflix on June 5th, 2019.

As one-third of Yellow Magic Orchestra and an Academy Award-winning composer for his work on the soundtrack for THE LAST EMPEROR, synth pop innovator Ryuichi Sakamoto is among the most groundbreaking artists to have emerged since the late ‘70s. Sakamoto has created intriguing musical unions with artists such as David Sylvian, Iggy Pop, Tony Williams, Bootsy Collins, Jaques Morelenbaum and many others. His film scores have also included MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR. LAWRENCE (1983), THE SHELTERING SKY (1990), LITTLE BUDDHA (1993), AND THE REVENANT (2015). On occasion, Sakamoto has also worked as a composer and a scenario writer on anime and video games.

The episode trailer appears below; but first, listen to one of Sakamoto’s tracks from “Smithereens” via Soundcloud:


Watch the trailer for the BLACK MIRROR “Smithereens” episode:


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