With the growing emphasis on dance music, a shift in focus of the media was inevitable. A large number of movies are being released by and on dance festivals, artists and music, but here’s a movie that takes a step further by choosing the famous Roland TR-808 drum machine and its influence on dance and hip hop music as its subject.
The 808 sound is a unique one and that’s what makes it so special. Although the trailer makes no mention of 808 legends like Kraftwerk and Egyptian Lover, “”808” features appearances and commentary from: Arthur Baker, Pharrell, David Guetta, Phil Collins, Lil Jon, Afrika Bambaataa, Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Rick Rubin, Diplo, Goldie and more.” Set to release in 2015, here’s what director Alexander Dunn had to say:
Making a documentary about a drum machine, a piece of electronic equipment, is an interesting challenge. It has no voice of its own, so as a protagonist, it’s rather difficult to mold a story around. 808 has really been a journey of discovery for me. One that led myself and the team to meet over 50 musicians and artists from all around the world, hearing their personal stories about the 808 and the music they created using its iconic sounds. Those artists and musicians are the real protagonists of the film and the 808, in the hands of our contributors, would change music forever.
You can follow the movie here.