'808' documentary pays tribute to disruptive drum machine

Filmmaker Alex Noyer has turned a holy grail for music geeks into a story everyone will recognize.
Producer Alex Noyer, left, poses with 808 director Alexander Dunn. (Atlantic Records)

Even if you've never heard of it, you probably love the sound of the Roland 808 drum machine. It's the secret ingredient in a wide range of songs — used by everyone from Phil Collins to Kanye West. Now a new documentary is shedding light on how this one tool changed music history.

Filmmaker Alex Noyer joins Shad to discuss 808, and how he's turned a holy grail for music geeks into a story everyone will recognize. 

WEB EXTRA | Watch the trailer for 808 below, plus listen to Nothing But Trouble by Lil Wayne & Charlie Puth — from the 808 soundtrack. 



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