The Legacy of Ikutaro Kakehashi and the 808

Seminal Transistor Rhythm 808 drum machine inventor and founder of Roland electronics Ikutaro Kakehashi passed away April 1 at age 87. The luminary engineer’s Roland TR-808 was a gateway for music production invention, as he helped create the MIDI interface standard for electronic music as well as creating an…

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How Prince's Music Helps Fill the Hole in Our Hearts

Nearly a year after Prince suddenly and shockingly died at his Paisley Park studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota, the world is still coping with his loss. Last April 21, the Internet teemed with videos and images of middle-aged men crying at work, government buildings and city bridges being draped in royal…

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2017's Most Anticipated Albums

It will be hard to beat 2016 as a landmark year in music, but with new music on the way from the likes of R&B singer Kehlani, Brit pop trio The xx, Canadian punk thrush Avril Lavigne, the coquettish Katy Perry, the always-sincere Ed Sheeran, the rumors of the…

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R.I.P.: A Tribute To Those We Lost In 2016

Through the early months of 2016, it sometimes seemed that every time you turned on your computer, looked at your social feeds or picked up a newspaper, another musician had died — including a few who had changed pop music forever. Their obituaries rightly reverberated around the world, as did more…

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