Ikutaro Kakehashi, Roland‘s founder, dies aged 87 years. Kakehashi, born in Hamamatsu (the Japanese “City of Music”), founded Ace Electronics in 1964 with the passion to develop the electronic organ, inspired by Hammond and Leslie.
He later formed the Roland Corporation, the company’s leader for over 40 years, a creative core that delivered legendary products such as the TB-303, TR-808, TR-909, SH-101, Jupiter, Juno, D50 or CR-78, instruments that contributed a distinctive sound in the development of electronic music.
Kakehashi received the Grammy award, along with Dave Smith in the year 2012, for the contributions in the development of MIDI protocol. He also published the book “I believe in Music” on Roland’s 30th anniversary in 2002.
Rest In Beats Ikutaro Kakehashi.
Musicians and brands have shared their tributes through social media.
Our hearts are w/ our brothers & sisters at #Roland after the profound loss of Ikutaro Kakehashi, model of resilience & genuine trailblazer. pic.twitter.com/ZDJWrBQPlE
— Moog Synthesizers (@moogmusicinc) 2 de abril de 2017
He began dreaming of electronic instruments in the 1950s.
Ikutaro Kakehashi, founder of #Roland and creator of the TR-808, #RIP. pic.twitter.com/sKiC3Pdi5C
— Kristie Lu Stout ✌🏽 (@klustout) 3 de abril de 2017
RIP Ikutaro Kakehashi. like many others, am in his debt. the thing that started me in electronic music was a roland alpha juno 2
— matthew herbert (@matthewherbert) 1 de abril de 2017
A man who changed Music Ikutaro Kakehashi the Man behind the Roland Synth,808 and more has sadly passed. Thanks for the Electro sounds.🎹🎼🕺🏻
— Marc Almond (@MarcAlmond) 2 de abril de 2017
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