Gimme The Beat (Box): The Journey Of The Drum Machine

Jan 22, 2014

From their inception, synthesized drum machines have always had supporters and detractors on both sides of the fence; some claim the machines drain the soul from a song's percussion, while others posit that the technology allows for previously unheard-of developments in rhythmic arrangement. Head over to Morning Edition to learn more about the history of the drum machine, with Oliver Wang's detailed examination of the device's history, original intention, and subsequent subversion. 

The Oberheim DMX rose to popularity in the mid-1980s, one of the first commercial drum machines that came close to mimicking real drum sounds.
The Oberheim DMX rose to popularity in the mid-1980s, one of the first commercial drum machines that came close to mimicking real drum sounds.
Credit Get On Down Publishing

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