"I think artwork is like prayer, so I don't fear silence," Takatani says. "Both praying in silence and praying in a loud voice are important."
Apart from ST/LL, he showcases another unique collaboration with Sakamoto, titled Fragments, at the arts festival on May 28.
In this, an audience of fewer than 300 takes to the Esplanade Theatre stage with Sakamoto, who performs improvised and previously composed music on the piano, with accompanying visuals from Takatani.
This is not a typical live soundtrack performance.
"I imagine it will be an experimental performance," Takatani says. "It is something like Ryuichi reacts to the video, and then we react to his sound, and lighting and video are changing independently."
His collaborator agrees.
"I let the visual elements run freely without synchronising to the music," says the 67-year-old composer via e-mail. "In other words, neither music nor visuals are master or slave."
An initial 200-odd tickets to Fragments sold out an hour within the launch of the arts festival programme in February, and another 40 seats released in April were similarly snapped up.
A storied composer like Sakamoto could easily fill up the nearly 2,000-seat Esplanade Theatre, but he prefers intimacy for the performance.
"I like playing in a small place so the audience will be almost able to listen to the sounds and the music without going through the PA system. That's ideal."
He adds that while he is inspired by the images Takatani creates, it can be challenging to play to projections.
"If the moving images have a very clear tempo of their own, sometimes that tempo could interfere with the tempo of the music."