I recently heard the Russian singer Origa has passed away from lung cancer at the age of 44 - her work with Yoko Kanno on Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (SAC) was a beautiful soundtrack to my childhood.
To me, she will always be remembered for a piece of genius - the song Inner Universe that opened the first season of SAC. It is a beautiful mix of ominous electronic staccato beats and angelic singing - the "devil" and the "angel" mentioned in the lyrics.
How many of us can truly say that we have created a perfect piece of beauty? Thank you Origa, as long as this song is heard you will not be forgotten.
In my early to mid-teens I watched quite a bit of anime. And then as I got older, I stopped watching as much anime, but I continued listening to anime soundtracks, searching for beautiful songs like "Inner Universe". To my mind right now, I can only recall three - Inner Universe (above, opening theme for 1st season GITS SAC), Hemisphere (opening theme from RahXephon), and Tank! (opening theme from Cowboy Bebop). The common thread of course is the master composer Yoko Kanno.