Watch: 808 Documentary Trailer Ft. Diplo, David Guetta, Pharrell & More

More likely than not, you’ve probably heard an 808 drum machine at some point in your life. Whether it’d be at a show, skimming through your Soundcloud, or the radio. Although you may not know it by name, you know it by sound. The Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer aka the ‘808’  is arguably the most influential and idolized instruments of the early 1980’s. Taking the world by storm for a small amount of time it is now the subject of its very own film.



Being amongst the first programmable drum machines that was manufactured by the Roland Corporation originally for the use of musicians to create demos, it then became popular for its unique percussion sounds. With sounds described as the “tiny hand clap sounds”, the “ticky snare” and a deep bass kick drum, the 808 had been used on more hit records than any other competing drum machines out there. They’ve been used by anyone from Marvin Gaye to the Beastie Boys, Kanye West has even dedicated an album title “808’s and Heartbreaks”  to the machine and in the electronic music scene you’d know Bassnectars’ tunes like “The 808 Track” or “Don’t Hate the 808”.

What a huge success the 808 was, even recently recreating new version of the machine, the ‘808’ documentary will chronicle the rise of its monumental reputation. This documentary depicts the birth of electronic music and how one small machine “changed the musical landscape forever… by accident”. Set to land in theaters in 2015, this documentary includes interviews with artist like Afrika Bambaataa, Diplo, Fatboy Slim, Pharrell, Lil Jon, David Guetta, and many others. If you were a big fan of the TR-808, you would know it was discontinued at the height of its success, so this documentary will cover all the unanswered questions and even give the godfathers of the early scene some overdue acknowledgement. It will dig deep to give us the full history behind such a powerful instrument and bring the stories behind the  music that helped tie down its place in history. Can’t wait for the movies release? Watch the full trailer below.


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