You Know Films and Atlantic Records are putting together an interesting film about the influential 808 drum machine. The Roland TR-808 is a programmable drum instrument that changed the face of music all around the world. With such a huge impact on all types of music, you know the producers had to recruit some serious talent to appear in the film. Get ready to see legends like Phil Collins, Fatboy Slim, Rick Rubin, Questlove, Diplo and more talk about the distinct sound of this instrument.
The film is set for sometime 2015 and it looks like a soundtrack will accompany it too.
“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.” – Director, Alexander Dunn