drum machine

Today's 808 day!

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Did you have a look on your calendar today? It's 8/08 which wouldn't be anything special if there wasn't one classic drum computer with a similar name.

Say hello to Roland's TR-808, an analogue drum machine from 1981 that has been playing an essential role in HipHop, Acid and House let alone Electro music until today. Despite Whitney Houston using the 808's cowbell in her "I Wanna Dance With Somebody", a lot of tunes or even whole bands wouldn't exist without this machine. Take Afrika Bambaata's "Planet Rock" or the Two Live Crew, for example. For the mature ones among us, let's not forget about "808 State", youngsters should check this out.

Even "The Mulder's Deepest Remix" of Sandra Lima's Higher, our current release on Pesto, uses the 808's cowbell.

Too bad, we did not think of March 3rd 2003 in order to celebrate a TB-303 day. But hey, mark September 9th next year in your calendar to praise the Queen of House drums, Roland's TR-909!

Some footage found via different sources (thanks to Music Thing and de:bug magazine):