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Roland Marks TR-808’s 40th Anniversary with a Documentary and Freebies #MusicMonday

It’s been 40 years since Roland’s TR-808 appeared on the scene. Carl Craig, Africa Bambaataa, the Beastie Boys, and a host of other innovators transformed the world of music with this little machine. Here’s more from Engadget:

It’s the TR-808 drum machine’s 40th anniversary this year, and Roland is marking 808 Day (8/08, of course) with a flood of goodies to celebrate the legendary instrument. To begin with, there’s a mini documentary (with a convenient 8:08 running time) detailing the device’s use in songs over the decades, right down to the programming sequences…. You can also read an interview with TR-808 creator Tadao Kikumoto on his brainchild, and listen to a Spotify playlist with some of the best-known tunes involving the device. Roland’s Articles platform is looking at additional famous tracks such as Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love” and Daft Punk’s “Doin’ it Right.”

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