Roland founder and music pioneer Ikutaro Kakehashi dies aged 87

Roland founder and music pioneer Ikutaro Kakehashi dies aged 87

The man behind the Roland drum machine and synthesiser range used across the spectrum of popular music since the mid-70s – from Prince to New Order, from Dr Dre to Kraftwerk – has died. Ikutaro Kakehashi founded the Roland Corporation in 1972 and went on to develop one of the most well-known drum machines in pop music – the TR-808. His death at 87 was revealed by a former colleague on Facebook.

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