Thirty years ago, DJ Arthur Baker recorded Planet Rock with Afrika Bambaataa using the then-new Roland TR-808 drum machine. Over the next decades, the machine and its sound would become an integral part of music, from the Beastie Boys to Kanye West. Baker himself is now helping to produce a documentary on the 808 — slated to come out in 2013, Planet Rock and Other Tales of the 808 features Fatboy Slim, New Order, Skrillex, and others. In the unlikely event that you've never heard a song that used the 808, the first trailer is helpfully recut into a music video set to beats from one.
Watch this: 'Planet Rock and Other Tales of the 808' trailer
Watch this: 'Planet Rock and Other Tales of the 808' trailer/
A trailer for "Planet Rock and Other Tales of the 808," a documentary about the Roland TR-808 drum machine.