Roland TR-808

Interesting fact about the world’s most famous drum machine, The Roland TR-808?  Introduced in 1980 and ceasing production by 1984, the TR-808 was first used by Japanese cyberpunk, proto-techno band Yellow Magic Orchestra.  The TR-808’s first use in a live performance was in Yellow Magic Orchestra’s “1000 Knives” in December 1980.

From there, as we all should know, the TR-808 became the most popular and influential drum machine in music history, especially for electronic music, and still is today.  Check out the awesome video below.


  • JohnDavid

    I always love it when YMO is brought up! Thanks for helping spread the word of one of the most influential bands around.