‘808’ on Amazon Prime Improbably Builds An Interesting Documentary Around An Obscure ‘80s Drum Machi


Just click the photo of the 808 above to watch the move now available on Amazon prime and itunes.

808 (Official Trailer)

808, the heart of the beat that changed music. The acclaimed documentary that chronicles the incredible legacy of the TR808 drum machine will be exclusively available on Apple Music December 9th 2016. Discover the iconic records, artists and producers influenced by the 808's unique beats and find out the secret behind its sudden discontinuation.​ BC#9.


Back in 1980 Japanese electronics manufacturer Roland released one of the most important musical instruments ever, the TR-808. Although it only led a limited life, the 808 became world renowned, its signature low end bass and unique sounds & landscape.

Wow prior to the introduction of the 808 there was nothing like the bass punch you recieved right in the gut untill Rolands now legendary 808. Prior to this little monster was very cheap and thin sounding Casio fake organ mini drum samples that were really an electronic metrodome to aid the player with his or her timing.You know when you would walk through the mall and you would hear the guy playing the cheap organ with the wacky sounding clicking noises. Yes that was all there really was in the realm of electronic drum sounds. Who could forget this 808 introduction to the masses. I believe this was one of the top 5 biggest debuts of the 808 in popular music. The Talking heads filmed the show - Talking Heads / Stop Making Sense 1984. Watch how David Byrme comes out and uses the 808 drum track to build each part of the song from top to bottom using a prerecorded 808 track on a boombox.Absolutely genious! If you havent seen this show your in for a treat.BC#9.

Then the TR-Roland 808 droped and a group of artists / Ralf Hütter, Fritz Hilpert, Henning Schmitz, MORE known as "KRAFTWERK" starting making some music using the TR-808. This would go down in musical history as the birth of the 808 in electronic music. At the same time Hip hop artists would take the 808 to the airwaves like knowone else. Tommyboy records was an early Hip hop record label that I grew up listening to alot of artists on using the 808 in everyway you could imagine. Artists like Marcel Theo Hall (born April 8, 1964),[1] better known by his stage name Biz Markie, is an American rapper, beatboxer, DJ, and 808 enthusiest was creating som really interesting things with his new toy. Some of those sounds that were perfected back then are the foundation today of that retro tech sound herd by design to give the track that classic hip hop sound.The 808 would also become such a well known instruments that could be herd as part of the lyrics on many tracks from all genres as a pop culture refernce.

Bassnectar- The 808 Track (feat. Mighty High Coup) [OFFICIAL]​

For example Drum+bass artist BC#9's track 1-976-Talk Dirty from his 2015 DNB release "Aquasonica"BC#9'S fiance and editor at DNBUNITED.COM Xtene16 sings the lyrics on this sensual tonge & cheek track. During the track Xtene tells a story of how she seduces BC#9 while he is performing at a club and convinces him to go home with her by telling him at one point that she will "bang him like an 808" All night long! Yep its like that.Listen to the track 1-976-Talk Dirty below now.

This drum machine is the Atari of early betamakers thats sound has and will continue to last the test of time. Drum+Bass artist Dom & Roland- Dom & Roland is the alias of British drum and bass producer Dominic Angas.[1] The addition of "Roland" in the artist name refers to his Roland sampler.[2] In 1996 he was signed to Moving Shadow recordings, releasing three albums and numerous singles on the label.[3] He has released records on other labels including 31 Records, Prototype, and Renegade Hardware, and has collaborated with Kemal, Black Sun Empire, Noisia, Hive, Amon Tobin, Keaton, and Skynet.[4]He set up his own label Dom & Roland Productions (DRP) in 2005.

He is credited with creating the Tramenbreakbeat which was one of the most widely used breaks in Drum & Bass, popularized by DJ Trace among many others.Even the late great Marvin Gay's Sexual healing was another example of how the 808's sound became sybomious with R&B and just grew even more a a pop culture icon in its own right.Fast forward to session drummers such as Phil Collins. Phil gave the 808 even more of professional musicians licence to say its ok to record and perform usuing the 808 as a tool to be included with your organic drum set. This lent more creditabilty to the growing populaity among other well known musicians who were hearing this beatmaker everywhere but didnt know how to use it just yet. It wouldnt take long though. Once an artist hits that first kick drum sound they were hooked like herion. Fast forward to RUN DMC first album self titled in 1984 along with The Bestie Boys took the 808 to the masses period!

Jay Z's :99 problems and The Bestie Boys "Licence to ill"producer Rick Reubin -Rick RubinFrederick Jay "Rick" Rubin (born March 10, 1963) is an American record producerand former co-president of Columbia Records. Along with Russell Simmons had been using the 808 in the studio with almost every artist he produced. Pushing an 808 by adding differnt effects gave the user the ability to create new and exciting sounds that wasnt there before.This would give way to a new day.With the advent of new electronic instruments and beatmaking machines that could be run directly into a DAW gave way to self production and the time to expiriment at home instead of payingn hundreds of dolloars an hour at a commercial studio. When having the time to play with these new sounds artists tend to hit new levels of creativness that was rarley seen let alone herd before due to the home studio and the plugins that followed at a reasonable price.

Flight Facilities - Crave you feat. Giselle (Official Video)​

The 808 is presently being used alot in new disco as well as UK garage.The aplications are endless so I will end with suggesting you kick back and check out the movie. Cheers BC#9.

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