Roland’s Founder to receive technical GRAMMY award

Roland's founder Mr. Kakehashi | Roland

Roland’s founder, Mr. Ikutaro Kakehashi, is to receive a Technical GRAMMY Award along with Dave Smith, president of Sequential Circuits, for their role in developing MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) technology. This award is part of the world-famous GRAMMY Awards, an annual ceremony celebrating the good and the great of the music industry. The Technical GRAMMY Award is presented to those who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field.

Back in 1983, Roland’s Ikutaro Kakehashi and Dave Smith unveiled MIDI, a standard that motivated the cooperation of an entire industry and propelled music technology into a new and exciting era. An inescapable new technology was born when two electronic keyboards from different manufacturers were connected, enabling them to “talk” to one another using the new communication standard. The announcement revolutionised the music world and thirty years on MIDI is ubiquitous in the musical equipment industry, and is a standard feature on virtually every electronic music product.

Reflecting on the announcement, Mr. Kakehashi commented:

“It’s already been 30 years since the debut of MIDI protocol in 1983, but it seems to me that those years have passed so quickly. Electronic musical instruments have become very popular all over the world through this time, and it is my great pleasure that MIDI played a significant role in their prevalence. This year’s Technical GRAMMY Award is the result of the cooperation by the companies who worked towards the same dream – growth of electronic musical instruments. I would like to share this acknowledgement with Mr. Tadao Kikumoto, former R&D manager of Roland Corporation, the engineering staff and all who were involved in creating and designing the MIDI concept and system.”

A special invitation-only ceremony will be held during GRAMMY Week on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, and a formal acknowledgment will be made during the 55th Annual GRAMMYAwards® telecast, which will be held at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, and broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.

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