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Friday, April 7, 2017

The Recording Academy Statement Re: Ikutaro Kakehashi April 3, 2017

Ikutaro Kakehashi was a progressive audio engineer who spearheaded an entire movement in electronic music. As an entrepreneur and dedicated music innovator, he founded the Roland Corporation in 1972, where he helped develop groundbreaking synthesizers and drum machines, including the iconic Roland TR-808, a hip-hop and electronic music staple. He earned a Technical GRAMMY® Award for 2013 for his contributions to the development of MIDI technology, and later founded the ATV Corporation in 2014, where his legacy lives on. Our deepest condolences go out to Ikutaro's family, friends, and creative collaborators."
Neil Portnow
The Recording Academy

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