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DJs and record labels pay tribute to Roland founder Ikutaro Kakehashi

The game-changing engineer has died aged 87

  • Patrick Hinton
  • 3 April 2017

Ikutaro Kakehashi, the founder of pioneering tech company Roland, has passed away at the age 87.

The Japanese engineer helmed the design and production of drum machines and synthesisers such as the TR-808, TR-909 and TB-303 which had a definitive impact on the evolution of electronic music genres such as house and techno and remain in wide use.

Tributes from the music world have poured in for Kakehashi. Check some out in the gallery above and head to Spotify to listen to our playlists of tracks made with the TB-303 and TR-909.

Patrick Hinton is Mixmag's Digital Staff Writer, follow him on Twitter

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