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.

Source: BBC

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