The Man Behind the Machine 

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the TR-808 and #808Day, Tadao Kikumoto graciously offered his time for an exclusive conversation. As a leader of Roland Research and Development in the ‘80s, Kikumoto-san has had a hand—and ear—in designing genre-defining instruments like the TB-303, TR-606… and TR-808. Read his intriguing recollections of the Roland analog era and find out more about his latest rhythm machine—the RC-808.

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