A Short History of the Roland TR-808 Drum Machine

The last mini-documentary of Focus Avant, cultural project by General Electric, is dedicated to the Roland TR-808 Drum Machine, better known as the “808”. When the machine appeared in the early 80’s, it was considered a little revolution. The beat box was about to create and influence several music movements as pop, new wave, hip hop and of course electro, house and techno. Less expensive than other equipments, it enabled to democratize music creation in different social backgrounds. Used by Marvin Gaye (Sexual Healing), Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Ice Cube, Beastie Boys, Run DMC, it is still in hands of Outkast, Daft Punk and Kanye West (album 808s & Heartbreak). Here is its little story.

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Le dernier mini-documentaire de Focus Avant, projet culturel de General Electric, est dédié à la Roland TR-808 Drum Machine, plus connue sous le nom de la “808”. Quand la machine est apparue au début des années 80, elle a eu l’effet d’une petite révolution. La boite à rythmes allait créer et influencer plusieurs mouvements musicaux comme la pop, la new wave, le hip hop et bien sûr l’électro, la house et la techno. Moins cher que d’autres équipements, elle a permis de démocratiser la création musicale dans différents milieux sociaux. Utilisée par Marvin Gaye (Sexual Healing), Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Ice Cube, Beastie Boys, Run DMC, elle est toujours entre les mains de Outkast, Daft Punk et Kanye West (album 808s & Heartbreak). Voici sa petite histoire.

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