'808' Will Chronicle the Roland TR-808's Impact on Music History

By: Joey Haar - Nov 16, 2016
References: youtube & theverge
Many listeners might not know it, but a huge portion of the music that we listen to today -- be it hip-hop, electronic, or pop music in general -- is indebted to a single piece of hardware: the Roland TR-808. Not since the pianoforte has a single musical instrument had such a profound impact on the history of music as a whole, and a new documentary called '808' is exploring that modern sound.

The Roland TR-808 was the first widely used electronic music machine to allow producers to create drum beats with a variety of sounds and samples. Though the machine was discontinued in the late 80s, it revolutionized how producers would create hip-hop and electronic music for years to come.