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808 is a documentary film about the inspiring story of the Roland TR-808 drum machine. It's the tale of the birth of electronic music, and how one small machine changed the musical landscape forever... by accident. It's the story of a sound that has been embraced by the world's top producers and performers, and has been name-checked on a whole host of hit records. Associated with numerous musical styles crossing both time and genre, its defining sounds are as relevant now as they ever has been. It defined hip hop and modern dance culture and it's sound continues to deliver dancefloor smashing beats today.Written by
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Quite an oddity in a way. It's a documentary about '80s music, which is absolutely my era, but at least two-thirds of the tracks they discuss I had never heard of before, because they were so niche and underground. This makes the film pretty inaccessible for a casual music fan like myself. Definitely a well made documentary, but very esoteric and with limited appeal for a wider audience. For example, they talk to some big players, such as Jellybean Benitez and New Order. However, despite the fact that Benitez produced much of Madonna's first album, they don't mention her at all, which seems strange. And then they don't mention Blue Monday, despite the fact that they were talking to New Order. Bizarre omissions, which I just can't fathom at all.
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