808: the beat that changed music
A track by track look at the '808' soundtrack with Director Alexander Dunn and Co-Producer / Music Supervisor Matthew Jarman.
Chronicling the incredible story of the Roland TR-808 drum machine: a small but powerful piece of technology that changed the course of music history forever.
You might not know what a Roland TR-808 is, but you sure as hell know what it sounds like. Hard, aggressive and with an internal, inimitable groove all of its own, this little machine redefined music in the first part of the 80s: transforming dance at a time when styles were changing and new musical movements meant new musical instruments.
The Roland TR-808 left such an large footprint in fact, it is now the subject of its own film, 808, released exclusively via Apple Music on 9 December. Directed by Alexander Dunn and featuring contributions from -- take a breath -- Pharrell Williams, Afrika Bambaataa, Questlove, The Beastie Boys, Damon Albarn, David Guetta, Phil Collins, Diplo, New Order, Norman Cook and Rick Rubin among others, it chronicles the cultural impact of the machine, culminating in a meeting with Roland founder Mr. Ikutaro Kakehashi in Japan. Accompanied with a soundtrack to rival any -- and out now via Big Beat Records -- it is a fitting document to the influence and legacy of this most iconic of musical instruments.