On the eve of the 35th anniversary of the groundbreaking Roland TR-808 drum machine, the global music community has come together to honor the iconic instrument that changed the face of music and to celebrate the countless artists who have been inspired by it. The events take place this month on what’s been dubbed “808 Day,” occurring, naturally, on 08/08. Festivities can be tracked on social media with the hashtag #808day.
Independent film producers have unveiled 808: The Movie, a documentary recounting the enormous influence the TR-808 has had on music and pop culture since the 1980s. The film, which is expected for general release this fall, has been screening in key cities around the globe. It features appearances by a diverse lineup of artists and producers, including Afrika Bambaataa, Fatboy Slim, Rick Rubin, Phil Collins, Questlove, David Guetta and many others. The next screening event will take place on 808 Day in London.
Watch the movie trailer: