You Know Films today released this trailer for 808 – an upcoming documentary on the classic Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer drum machine:
808, formerly known as Planet Rock And Other Tales Of The 808, features appearances and commentary from: Arthur Baker, Pharrell, David Guetta, Phil Collins, Lil Jon, Afrika Bambaataa, Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Rick Rubin, Diplo, Goldie and dozens more.
The filmmakers spent nearly three years traveling the world, interviewing iconic artists and platinum-certified producers, GRAMMY winners and cult figures, all of whom share their insight and memories of the 808’s impact.
Many of the contributors ask the same question: why was the 808 discontinued so quickly, even as it was turning up on more hit records than any other drum machine? Now, in an exclusive interview with legendary Roland founder Ikutaro “Mr. K” Kakehashi, the filmmakers behind 808 have at last learned the surprising reason behind the mystery.
“The making of 808 was a very personal journey for me: being able to reconnect and interview (along with Luke Bainbridge) many of my old DJ/producer friends, while helping get the godfathers of the early scene some overdue acknowledgement,” said Arthur Baker. “But the most special part of the filming was traveling to Japan, meeting and interviewing Mr. K and jamming on his 808 on my birthday. I feel very privileged to have had this opportunity.”
The film will be accompanied by a comprehensive soundtrack, to be released by Big Beat/Atlantic Records in conjunction with the film’s release. 808 gathers an array of era-spanning tracks born of and inspired by the 808.
808 is coming in 2015; the release date is to be announced.