Erol Alkan, The Bug and Matthew Herbert have also responded to the Godfather of MIDI’s death.

Artists including Soft Cell’s Mark Almond and Throbbing Gristle’s Chris Carter have paid tribute to Roland founder Ikutaro Kakehashi – the brains behind the TR-808 and TB-303 –whose death at the aged of 87 was announced yesterday (April 1).

Many musicians working in the electronic music sphere took to social media to express their gratitude for Kakehashi’s game-changing inventions. See a selection below.

Listen to FACT-curated playlists highlighting Roland’s TB-303, TR-808 and TR-909.



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