MATRIXSYNTH: RIP Ikutaro Kakehashi, Founder of Roland

Saturday, April 01, 2017

RIP Ikutaro Kakehashi, Founder of Roland

via Tommy Snyder:

"Ikutaro Kakehashi, founder of Roland, father of the TR-909, TR-808, Godfather of MIDI, and someone who I have collaborated with for 38 years, and also considered him as my 2nd father, passed away at the age of 87. He was a super funny, wonderful and gifted human being, and his contributions to the musical instrument world , and music, touched millions of people worldwide. RIP dear Taro.........."

This was shared only 5 hours ago. I am not seeing an announcement from Roland. I will update this post if anything new comes in.

Sad day today. Another legend and hero lost.

Update: added a few videos below including a pretty nice tribute. If you know of any other good videos featuring Ikutaro Kakehashi, send them in.

Update2: an image of Dave Smith, Bob Moog, Ikutaro Kakehashi, and Tom Oberheim together via @moogmusicinc who had the following to say on the news: "Our hearts are w/ our brothers & sisters at #Roland after the profound loss of Ikutaro Kakehashi, model of resilience & genuine trailblazer."

Update4: and via @dsiSequential

"It is with great sadness that we note the passing of our dear friend, Ikutaro Kakehashi. He will be deeply missed"

Update3: via Florian Anwander, co-author of R is for Roland:

"I owe him so much, and I learned a lot from him about believing in an idea. Thank you Kakehashi-San!"

Florian tells me Ikutaro Kakehashi signed his book for him just last year in 2016.

Update5: Tribute video from A Guy Called Gerald added below.

Update6: 30 Instruments and Innovations of Roland's Ikutaro Kakehashi

Update7: you can find additional tributes as they go up here.

Accordéon Roland : Ikutaro Kakehashi Published on Jul 11, 2013 sudclaviers

"Roland music in japan in 1996 with the new MC-303 , and interview of founder Kakehashi."

usine ROLAND Manufactury in Japan with the new MC-303 interview of Kakehashi

Uploaded on Feb 7, 2010 hexasonic

ROLAND MC8 developer Published on Nov 6, 2015


MusicAcoustica08 - Ikutaro Kakehashi speech ending

Uploaded on Oct 27, 2008 Nan Tang

Benn Jordan - Bright Din Fields [TB-303] Ikutaro Kakehashi - Tribute

Uploaded on Jan 26, 2010 Florian Peters

"Track: Bright Din Fields
Artist: Benn Jordan
Taken from: Human Action Network - Welcome to Chicago 'The Acid Anthology'
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Roland TB-303
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Benn Jordan
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Benn Jordan
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Roland TB-303
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Ikutaro Kakehashi founder Roland Corporation. At the 1964 NAMM Show, with the Ace Electronics R1 and Canary.
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Ikutaro Kakehashi
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Roland TB-303

I felt like putting Kakehashi-san in the spotlight... without him there would be no Acid House!
Someone is to make an acid tune about him!
Also, this in one of my favorite Benn Jordan tracks."


IKUTARO KAKEHASHI (The legend maker) - Tribute from A Guy Called Gerald

Published on Apr 3, 2017 A GUY CALLED GERALD

"Tribute to the late great Ikutaro Kakehashi"

A fitting tribute from someone at the birth of the resurrection of early Roland analog.

For anyone not familiar with A Guy Called Gerald, via Wikipedia:

"Gerald Simpson (born 16 February 1967), better known as A Guy Called Gerald, is a British DJ, record producer and musician. He was an early member of 808 State, and later achieved success as a solo artist. He is best known for his early work in the Manchester acid house scene in the late 1980s[1] and the track 'Voodoo Ray'. His style developed during the early 1990s, and his 1995 album Black Secret Technology would become a "much-touted candidate for 'best jungle album ever.'"[2]"

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