04/05: RIP Ikutaro Kakehashi

Ikutaro Kakehashi, creator of the TR-808 drum machine, has died…RIP. He changed the world drums and music.

“Unlike its contemporaries, which used recorded audio samples to help create drum sounds, the TR-808 was an entirely analogue instrument that used transistors to generate its sounds. While a commercial and critical flop on release, the TR-808 gained mythic status and quickly became the go-to drum machine for the nascent electronic dance and hip-hop scenes of the ’80s.” – ars technica

 

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