Roland Founder Ikutaro Kakehashi To Get Special Grammy

Ikutaro-KakehashiRoland founder Ikutaro Kakehashi, along with Dave Smith, will be awarded a Technical GRAMMY for their contributions to the development of MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) technology.

Kakehashi had this to say about the GRAMMY:

“It’s already been 30 years since the debut of MIDI protocol in 1983, but it seems to me that those years have passed so quickly. Electronic musical instruments have become very popular all over the world through this time, and it is my great pleasure that MIDI played a significant role in their prevalence,” said Mr. Kakehashi.

“This year’s Technical GRAMMY Award is the result of the cooperation by the companies who worked towards the same dream — growth of electronic musical instruments. I would like to share this acknowledgement with Mr. Tadao Kikumoto, former R&D manager of Roland Corporation, the engineering staff and all who were involved in creating and designing the MIDI concept and system.”

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What Do Roger Linn & Dolly Parton Have In Common?

Roger LinnWhat do electronic drum machine pioneer Roger Linn and Dolly Parton have in common?

The Grammy Recording Academy has announced its Special Merit Awards recipients, and Linn & Parton are among the recipients:

  • Julie Andrews, Roy Haynes, Juilliard String Quartet, The Kingston Trio, Dolly Parton, Ramones, and George Beverly Shea as Lifetime Achievement Award honorees;
  • Al Bell, Wilma Cozart Fine and Bruce Lundvall as Trustees Award honorees; and
  • Roger Linn and Waves Audio as Technical GRAMMY Award honorees.

Technical GRAMMY Award recipients are determined by vote of The Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing Advisory Council and Chapter Committees as well as The Academy’s Trustees. The award is presented to individuals and companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field.

“These influential performers and brilliant innovators have been of great inspiration to our culture and industry,”  said The Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow.