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Drum machine documentary '808: The Movie' now available on Apple Music, iTunes preorders start

Alexander Dunn's documentary "808: The Movie" focusing on the legendary Roland-808 drum machine has been released exclusively on Apple Music, and will be available for download or rent on the iTunes Movie store on Dec. 16.




The TR-808 electronic rhythm composer released in 1980 jumpstarted a music revolution that continues to echo through a variety of genres to this day. From Afrika Bambaataa's "Planet Rock," to rap, R&B and electronica, the 808's drum and bass sounds influenced and inspired music producers for more than three decades.

Demand for the real 808 sound continues to this day: street prices for a used machine can hit upwards of $10,000.

Narrated by Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe, "808: The Movie" offers a genre-spanning look at the drum machine's origins and how it continues to shape modern musical tastes. Interviews in the film include Afrika Bombaataa, Pharrell Williams, Rick Rubin, Phil Collins, Beastie Boys, Questlove, Lil' Jon, Diplo, Goldie, David Guetta, Richie Hawtin, Felix Da Housecat and more.



Apple Music and iTunes host the soundtrack to the documentary. The film can also be pre-ordered for $16.99 on the iTunes Movies store.