Saturday, 8 August 2015


It's all about the bass, in particular the machine that puts out the bass beat and other drum sounds, the 808.

When the TR-808 was released, it was used by... pretty much every hip hop and beat sound ever. From Marvin Gaye to Beastie Boys to Afrika Bambaataa (who largely started it) to Phil Collins, everyone's used it. We get to hear the songs and the artists talk about how great it is. At the very end, we find the secret to the sound was defective transistors and the 808 stopped production because they stopped being defective. ;)

What I would have liked was to see the 808 being explained, how was it used, what it can do... instead, it seemed like everyone is expected to know this. It also seems that the producers couldn't get one, as we get the same shots of it over and over as if they only had one quick pass to grab shots.

I also wouldn't be surprised if this was a television documentary, as I could tell where ad breaks were.

Overall, not so much a movie for me.

Even Maddy hears the 808 drums.


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