I Believe in Music: Life Experiences and Thoughts on the Future of Electronic Music by the Founder of the Roland Corporation

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2002 - Music - 300 pages
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(Book). Published to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Roland Corporation, this is the inspiring and heartfelt memoir of Ikutaro Kakehashi, a pioneering figure in electronic music instruments and the company's visionary founder. From war-torn Japan to his first watch repair business to the dawn of and subsequent enormous leaps of electronic musical instruments, Kakehashi's story is sometimes wry, sometimes touching, always wise. Through it all, Kakehashi has believed in music above else: his first priority has always been an unwavering passion for expanding the potential for artistic expression. Everyone from music aficionados to those looking for time-tested business savvy will enjoy his unique story. The book features fantastic photos throughout, including an 8-page full-color section. Ikutaro Kakehashi founded the Roland Corporation in 1972. He lives in Hosoe-cho, Hamamatsu City, Japan. Robert Olsen worked for 25 years in the international music trade before switching careers to become a college instructor and free-lance author. He lives in Northbrook, IL.
  

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Contents

BEGINNINGS
1
AN UNLIKELY EDUCATION
13
MUSIC IS A VENTURE
22
CHOOSING MY PATH
29
ENTERING THE WORLD OF MUSIC
39
THE SMALL UNIVERSE OF TRADE SHOWS
51
COMMENCEMENT
57
JAPAN AN IMPORTER OF SOFTWARE
67
VIVA ITALIA
141
THE BIRTH OF ELECTRONIC MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
159
THE DEVELOPMENT OF MIDI
186
THE FUTURE OF ELECTRONIC MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
202
KEYBOARD INSTRUMENTS THE MONARCHS OF MUSIC
224
SHORTCUT TO A MUSIC PARADISE
234
GRACE NOTES
237
ORGAN JOURNEYS
247

REACHING OUT
80
A LONGER VIEW
91
FOUNDING A FAMILY
99
MOVING TO HAMAMATSU
115
CRISIS
119
OUT OF THE ASHES
126
INTERVIEW WITH REMO BELLI
269
INTERVIEW WITH DON LESLIE
276
INTERVIEW WITH ISAO TOMITA
286
BIBLIOGRAPHY
300
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