A new documentary about the Roland TR-808 drum machine is set to be released in 2015.
As well as an interview with Ikutaro Kakehashi, the founder of Roland, the ‘808’ film will also star Damon Albarn, Fatboy Slim, Diplo, Pharrell, Phil Collins, New Order, Rick Rubin, Questlove, David Guetta, Talking Heads’ Chris Frantz, Goldie and more.
A trailer for the movie has been released and is available to watch below, featuring some of the talking heads set to appear in the completed film.
The 808 drum machine was originally released in 1980, becoming a staple for electronic and hip-hop scenes ever since. Kanye West in particular utilised and paid tribute to the instrument on 2008’s ‘808s & Heartbreak’.
Roland are currently working on a new version of the TR-808, combining it with its successor, the TR-909.