Ryuichi Sakamoto on the making of his solo album. In making async, my first solo album in 8 years, I made the “sounds/music” that I wanted to hear. What kind of “sounds/music” do I want to listen to? I was preparing to compose an album in 2014 until my illness interrupted me. I discarded all of the sketches that I had made until then and started from scratch. I asked myself what I wanted to listen to, and how I should approach this empty canvas. There is no ‘correct’ way to make music like async. So, the answer to my initial impulse is 100% arbitrary. It is similar to climbing a pathless mountain without a map. Once you get over one peak, another one looms above, and there is no end in sight.