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The History Of Roland's Infamous TR-808 Will Surprise You

A comprehensive new documentary explains how a Japanese drum machine conquered pop culture.

Few pieces of technology have had such a profound impact on the history of music as the Roland TR-808. All you really need as proof of this is the insanely stacked list of musicians and producers who star in 808, a new documentary about the iconic box. It includes thoughts from such luminaries as Richie Hawtin, Rick Rubin, Fat Boy Slim, Afrika Bambaataa and more. In fact, the documentary reads like a who’s who of the last thirty years in popular music. It drops via Apple Music on December 9, but you can check out the trailer below.


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