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Published on Sep 9, 2019
A Love Letter to the magnificent Roland TR-909 Rhythm Composer. Covering the basic features of the instrument, but largely focused on the impact this drum machine had on absolutely everything. My most personal love letter, I share stories of how I actually got one, and of being attacked for using a drum machine at all. It's fun, inspiring, and filled with love, devotion and gratitude to all of the maestros who had the courage to dance at a time when dancing wasn't on the minds of masses. The TR-909 is the voice of those of us who weren't done dancing, and cheered for disco's revenge.
Note: I am an electronic musician, a designer, and a huge fan of synthesizers and drum machines. I am not an authority, nor am I a historian. These love letters (I should think that it goes without saying) are Op Ed (opinion based editorial) and thus they are filled with hyperbole, artistic license and some degree of speaking categorically to get the point across. This is not the first word, or anywhere near the last word on the story I'm telling. It's just a love letter.
I have made a limited edition T-shirt print of the technical drawing made for use in this love letter - a hand drawn pencil and ink illustration with type set in photoshop. 101 shirts were available. See more at theurgencyofchange.com to get yours. At this initial posting, all 101 shirts are already sold out. There will be no others.