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Haruomi Hosono (born July 9, 1947) is a Japanese musician, singer, songwriter and record producer. The grandson of Titanic survivor Masabumi Hosono, he began his career with the psychedelic rock band Apryl Fool, before achieving recognition both nationally and internationally, as a founding member of the rock band Happy End (founded 1969), the city pop band Tin Pan Alley (founded 1970s), and the electronic music trio Yellow Magic Orchestra (founded 1978).

Hosono has also released many solo albums covering a variety of styles, including film soundtracks and a variety of electronic ambient albums. As well as recording his own music, Hosono has done considerable production work for other artists such as Miharu Koshi, Sheena and the Roketts, Sandii & the Sunsetz, Chisato Moritaka and Seiko Matsuda.

He is considered to be one of the most influential musicians in Japanese pop music history, credited with shaping the sound of Japanese pop for decades as well as influencing international pop music outside of Japan, and credited with inspiring genres such as synthpop, city pop and Shibuya-kei.




Soundtrack albums

  • Video Game Music (1984, songs from Namco games arranged and produced by Hosono)
  • Template:Nihongo (1984, anime soundtrack, only produced theme song sung by Narumi Yasuda)<ref name="nausicaa_credits"/>
  • Coincidental Music (1985, compilation of assorted background music/soundtrack commissions)
  • Template:Nihongo (1985, movie soundtrack)
  • Paradise View (1985, movie soundtrack)
  • Template:Nihongo (1987, movie soundtrack)
  • Template:Nihongo (1996, background music for and included with the Taro Manabe picture book of the same name)
  • La Maison de Himiko (2005, movie soundtrack)
  • Ex Machina Original Soundtrack/Original Soundtrack Complete Edition (2007, soundtrack supervention, composition of some tracks)

Compilation albums

  • Hosono Box 1969–2000 (2000, Daisyworld)
  • Harry Hosono Crown Years 1974–1977 (2007)

Tribute albums

  • Tribute to Haruomi Hosono (2007, Commmons)
Featuring: Van Dyke Parks, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Takako Minekawa, Miharu Koshi, Little Creatures, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Hiroshi Takano, Towa Tei, Akiko Yano, Rei Harakami, Yukihiro Takahashi, Cornelius, Jim O'Rourke, Kahimi Karie
  • Strange Song Book – Tribute to Haruomi Hosono 2 (2008, Commmons)
Featuring: Señor Coconut, Van Dyke Parks, Dr. John, Sheena & The Rokkets, Buffalo Daughter, Thurston Moore, Miu Sakamoto, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Fennesz


  • 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 Masataka Matsutoya and Takahiko Ishikawa) (tracks 3 and 4 composed and performed by Hosono) (1979)
    • Vol. 1 – Island Music (with Suzuki, Yamashita, Matsutoya, Ishikawa and Ryuichi Sakamoto) (tracks 1, 7, 9 and 10 composed and performed by Hosono) (1983)
    • Vol. 2 – Off Shore (Suzuki, Yamashita, Matsutoya, Sakamoto, Masaki Matsubara and Kazumasa Akiyama) (tracks 1 and 2 composed and performed by Hosono) (1983)
  • Love, Peace & Trance (1995)

Composition work

High School Lullaby (1981)
Template:Nihongo (1982)
Teenage Eagles (1983)
  • Apogee & Perigee (Jun Togawa, Yuji Miyake and other artists):
Template:Nihongo (1984, Alfa)
Template:Nihongo (1984, Alfa)
Template:Nihongo (1983)
Template:Nihongo (1983)
Template:Nihongo (1984)
Template:Nihongo (1983)
夢・恋・人 (1983)
春 Mon Amour


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