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April 3   -   ArtsJournal: music

Ikutaro Kakehashi, The Man Behind The Roland Drum Machine And Synthesizer, Has Died At 87

The drum machine he developed, the TR-808, "had a lasting impact on pop music since its launch in 1980." And Roland synthesizers "formed the bedrock to the sound of a range of electronica and dance acts including Aphex Twin, Portishead, Boards of Canada, the Prodigy."

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