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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Roland founder and music pioneer Ikutaro Kakehashi dies aged 87

Tributes paid to Japanese engineer who created drum machines and synths used throughout music scene in 1980s and 90s

Tributes have been paid to the man behind the synthesiser and drum machines that revolutionised electronic music in the 1980s and 90s, Ikutaro Kakehashi, who has died aged 87.

The Japanese engineer founded the Roland Corporation in 1972 and invented a range of electronic drum machines and synthesisers used throughout popular music since the mid-1970s – by performers from Prince to New Order, Dr Dre to Kraftwerk.

A man who changed Music Ikutaro Kakehashi the Man behind the Roland Synth,808 and more has sadly passed. Thanks for the Electro sounds.

What a musical legacy Ikutaro Kakehashi left RIP... https://t.co/18DpVcRRwr

RIP the man behind so many of my favourite studio toys ❤️ Ikutaro Kakehashi, Founder of Roland, Dies at 87 https://t.co/qPDaeaqp7J

RIP Ikutaro Kakehashi. like many others, am in his debt. the thing that started me in electronic music was a roland alpha juno 2

Our hearts are w/ our brothers & sisters at #Roland after the profound loss of Ikutaro Kakehashi, model of resilience & genuine trailblazer. http://pic.twitter.com/ZDJWrBQPlE

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by Ruth McKee and Jamie Grierson via Electronic music | The Guardian