Set to make its world premiere at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival is the feature documentary, “808,” from director Alexander Dunn, and screenwriters Dunn and Luke Bainbridge.
“808” is a documentary film that will tell the inspiring story of the Roland TR808, from the creation of Planet Rock, which established it as a dynamic modern instrument, to how it defined hip hop and modern dance culture, through to its continued use today.
The You Know Films doc, produced in association with Atlantic Films, will screen as part of SXSW’s 24 Beats Per Second sidebar – a showcase of the sounds, culture & influence of music & musicians, with an emphasis on documentary.
Growing up as a late 1980’s/early 1990’s hip-hop head, I think the first time I heard of the TR808 was in D-Nice’s 1989 album “Call Me D-Nice,” which included a track on it titled “The TR 808 Is Coming.” KRS One of Boogie Down Productions was featured on that track. It was a favorite of those with cars with “booming systems.” I can still hear the 808 boom, 26 years later.
Here’s the trailer for “808,” the documentary: