Roland founder Ikutaro Kakehashi dies at 87

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Ikutaro Kakehashi, the founder of Roland and an early MIDI pioneer, died this past weekend at the age of 87.

Kakehashi oversaw the development of groundbreaking instruments like the TR-808 drum machine, the Jupiter-8 polysynth, and many others.

He also received a technical Grammy Award in 2013 for his work in electronic music technology.

Read about his 30 top instruments and innovations at