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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > May 17 > IKUTARO KAKEHASHI OBITUARY


Ikutaro Kakehashi, founder of Roland, passed away on 1 April 2017, at the age of 87. Dave Gale salutes a pioneer of electronic music

7 FEBRUARY 1930 TO 1 APRIL 2017

Though not a name identifiable to many, the instruments that Ikutaro Kakehashi helped to pioneer adorned the tracks of so many musical acts, it might be easier to list the musicians that were not touched by his ingenious creations.

Born in Osaka, Japan, in 1930, Kakehashi grew up to become an engineer, repairing and designing electronic organs during the 50s, but it quickly became apparent to him that he wanted to devote his life to the pursuit of creating the ‘ideal’ electronic musical instrument. In 1964, he developed the R1 Rhythm Ace drum machine, which eventually went into production in 1967 as a 16-pattern, preset-rhythm machine marketed as the FR-1 Rhythm Ace.

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