808 Documentary Getting Simultaneous Apple Music/iTunes & Theatrical Release

free-roland-808-sample-libraryAtlantic Films and You Know Films have announced plans to release the Roland TR-808 documentary, 808, simultaneously on Apple Music/iTunes and in theaters, later this year.

The film chronicles the story of the Roland TR-808 drum machine and its use in popular music. The film features commentary and contributions from Pharrell Williams, Afrika Bambaataa, The Beastie Boys, Damon Albarn, David Guetta, Phil Collins, Diplo, New Order, Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Rick Rubin, Jellybean Benitez, Hank Shocklee, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and others.

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Free Sample Library Features Classic 808 Sounds With Vintage 12-Bit Crunch

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Portland downtempo electronica duo Soquelle has shared a free sample kit, based on a Roland TR-808 drum machine sampled with a vintage E-Mu SP-1200 sampler.
What makes this Roland TR-808 sample kit unique?
The samples were captured first through an E-mu SP-1200. They were then recorded through an Api Channel Strip into an Antelope Orion AD/DA. No effects, eq or processing was applied to the samples other than the natural sound of the TR-808, SP-1200 and Api preamps.
Here’s an audio preview:

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Disco Raga Pioneer Charanjit Singh Has Died

synthesizing-10-ragas-to-a-disco-beatCharanjit Singh – a Indian musician and performer, best known for his pioneering electronic album Synthesizing: Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat – died yesterday. He was 74.

Singh performed extensively as a soundtrack session musician, on guitar, violin and synthesizer. He was also active as a solo artist and released several albums of covers of popular songs and film soundtracks.

He was best known in the West, though, for his 1982 album Synthesizing: Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat. Continue reading