808 is a documentary on the Roland TR-808, a programmable drum machine that changed the face of music. It helped both hip hop and house music develop into genres that became centerpieces for meaningful communities.
The documentary will feature appearances from Arthur Baker, Pharrell, David Guetta, Phil Collins, Lil Jon, Afrika Bambaataa, Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Rick Rubin, Diplo, Goldie, and more. 808 was produced by You Know Films in association with Atlantic Films.
Alexander Dunn, the film's director, said, “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."
Watch the trailer below!