Beyond Magic with DMC - Netflix

Mon 24 June 2019

Follows British magician Drummond Money Coutts (aka DMC), as he performs extraordinary tricks around the globe.

Beyond Magic with DMC - Netflix

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2014-11-06

Beyond Magic with DMC - Roland TR-808 - Netflix

The Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer is a drum machine introduced by the Roland Corporation in 1980 and discontinued in 1983. It was one of the earliest drum machines that allowed users to program their own rhythms instead of using preset patterns. Unlike its nearest competitor at the time, the more expensive Linn LM-1, the 808 generates sounds using analog synthesis rather than playing samples (prerecorded sounds). Launched when electronic music had yet to become mainstream, the 808 received mixed reviews for its unrealistic drum sounds and was a commercial failure. After building approximately 12,000 units, Roland discontinued the 808 after its semiconductors became impossible to restock, but units remain in use around the world. It was succeeded in 1984 by the TR-909. Over the course of the 1980s, the 808 attracted a cult following among underground musicians for its affordability on the used market, ease of use, and idiosyncratic sounds, particularly its deep, “booming” bass drum. It became a cornerstone of the emerging electronic, dance, and hip hop genres, popularized by early hits such as “Sexual Healing” by Marvin Gaye and “Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force. The 808 was eventually used on more hit records than any other drum machine. Its popularity with hip hop in particular has made it one of the most influential inventions in popular music, comparable to the Fender Stratocaster's influence on rock. Its sounds continue to be used as samples included with music software and modern drum machines.

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The 808 launched in 1980 with a list price of US$1,195 (equivalent to $3,549 in 2017). Roland marketed it as an affordable alternative to the Linn LM-1, manufactured by Linn Electronics, which used samples of real drum kits. The 808 sounded simplistic and synthetic by comparison; electronic music had yet to become mainstream and many musicians and producers wanted realistic-sounding drum machines. Many reports state that one review dismissed the machine as sounding like “marching anteaters”, though this was likely referring to machines that predated it. Contemporary Keyboard wrote a positive review, predicting that it would become “the standard for rhythm machines of the future”. Despite some early adopters, the 808 was a commercial failure and fewer than 12,000 units were sold. Roland ended production in 1983 after semiconductor improvements made it impossible to restock the faulty transistors essential to its design.

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