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Perhaps only those in the drum machine world know who this guy was.

Ikutaro Kakehashi: Roland founder and music pioneer dies aged 87 - BBC News

The music world is mourning the loss of Roland founder and electronic instrument pioneer Ikutaro Kakehashi, who has died aged 87.

The Japanese engineer created many popular drum machines, including the iconic TR-808.

Its sound is a staple of hip-hop and electronic music, used by everyone from Kanye West to Marvin Gaye.

 
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