Ikutaro „808“ Kakehashi, R.I.P.

Ikutaro Kakehashi, Gründer der Roland Corporation, Erfinder der TR-808 und Mastermind hinter den Nachfolgern TR-909 und TB-303, ist im Alter von 87 Jahren gestorben. Der Mann ist mit seinen Geräten letztlich verantwortlich für sämtlichen Sound seit den 80ern und ohne Kakehashi würden Hip-Hop und elektronischen Musik sehr viel anders klingen. Danke für die ganzen Patterns, Ikutaro!

Ikutaro Kakehashi, founder of Roland, father of the TR-909,TR-808, Godfather of MIDI, and someone who I have collaborated with for 38 years, and also considered him as my 2nd father, passed away at the age of 87.

He was a super funny, wonderful and gifted human being, and his contributions to the musical instrument world , and music, touched millions of people worldwide. RIP dear Taro..

Ikutaro Kakehashi was an engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Roland Corporation.

Under his leadership, Roland introduced many of the most iconic gear in electronic music, including:

The System 700 modular synthesizer;
The TB-303 bassline synthesizer;
The TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines; and
The Jupiter-8 & D-50 synthesizers.