R.I.P. Roland Founder Ikutaro Kakehashi

The engineer gave the world iconic drum machines such as the TR-808 and TR-909
R.I.P. Roland Founder Ikutaro Kakehashi
Ikutaro Kakehashi — the Japanese electronic instrument pioneer and founder of the Roland Corporation — has died. He was 87.

Born in Osaka in 1930, Kakehashi first began creating drum machines under corporate moniker Ace Tone before founding Roland in 1972.

During his over four-decade tenure with Roland, Kakehashi oversaw the development of iconic drum machines and hardware including the TR-808 and TR-909. The 808 would become instrumental in shifting the sonic landscape of pop, hip-hop and dance music as we know it.

Kakehashi won a Technical Grammy Award for his work in developing MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) technology in 2013. His most recent book, An Age Without Samples: Originality and Creativity in the Digital World, saw release this past January. He had also authored a memoir in 2002.

Find tributes to Kakehashi from across the music world below.