Ikutaro Kakehashi, the founder of pioneering electronic instrument company Roland Corporation, has passed away aged 87.
The creator of the synthesiser and drum machine, including the iconic TR-808 drum machine, Kakehashi was an important influence behind the development of electronic music during the genre's rise to prominence during the 1980's and 1990's. A number of massive hit singles were made possible thanks to Kakehashi's drum machines, including Kanye West's "Love Lock Down" and Madonna's "Vogue."
Many of Kakehashi's colleagues, as well as prominent producers who have worked with many famous musicians, such as Adele, U2, and Coldplay, have paid tribute to the Japanese engineer's contributions to the music over the past four decades.
Our condolences go out to Ikutaro Kakehashi's friends and family.
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