Ikutaro Kakehashi, the engineer and entrepreneur who founded electronic musical instruments manufacturer the Roland Corporation in 1972 (and, most recently, the ATV Corporation in 2014), has died. He was 87 years old.
"Ikutaro Kakehashi, founder of Roland, father of the TR-909,TR-808,Godfather of MIDI, and someone who I have collaborated with for 38 years, and also considered him as my 2nd father, passed away at the age of 87," former Roland colleague Tommy Snyder wrote on Facebook Saturday (April 1). "He was a super funny, wonderful and gifted human being, and his contributions to the musical instrument world , and music, touched millions of people worldwide. RIP dear Taro."