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‘808’: Looking back on the machine that changed music

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Introduced in 1980 the Roland TR-808 is to date one of the most influential instruments of modern music, morphing the sound of hip-hop, pop and dance music. Having been used by an unmentionable number of artists, the documentary speaks to Damon Albarn, Phil Collins, Diplo, New Order, Fatboy Slim, David Guetta, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Chris Frantz, Lil Jon and many more.

‘808’ will be released in 2015 and features an interview with founder, Ikutaro Kakehashi, discussing why the product was pulled so quickly despite its success. Check out the trailer below.

[via Rolling Stone]

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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