Hear the synth pioneer talk about some of his iconic instruments.

Roland founder Ikutaro Kakehashi died over the weekend at the age of 87, leaving a huge legacy behind him that includes the TR-808 drum machine, several iconic synths and a hand in developing MIDI.

Kakehashi didn’t appear on camera often, but a vintage interview, unearthed by NTS Radio last year, gives some rare insight into his creative process.

“One day I got a yearning to play music, but the instruments I wanted did not yet exist and so I had to make them on my own,” Kakehashi says in the interview.

Kakehashi also talks about the eureka moment that led him to create his first drum machine, the Rhythm Ace R-1. Watch below, and read more about his life here. [via Ask.Audio]

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