Electronic Beats TV presents a special Slices feature that presents the story behind the book R IS FOR ROLAND.
Michal Matlak (aka Analog Roland Orchestra) served as the book’s central author, and alongside illustrator and photographer Tabita Hub he created an epic book dedicated to some of the classic Roland instruments that have played an integral role in shaping the electronic music we know of today.
If you have a fetish for Roland gear but can’t afford the prices on the second-hand market, Electronic Beats is publishing a whole book dedicated to the Japanese company’s equipment throughout the years.
Written by Michal Matlak and Florian Anwander, R Is For Roland will be released next month, and features a photography by Tabita Hub. The book highlights 23 key pieces of Roland equipment from 1973 to 1987, from iconic machines like the TB-303 and Jupiter-8 through to lesser-known instruments like the MC-202 MicroComposer and JX-3P synthesizer.
“I’ve always been dedicated to vintage Roland machines, so it was a dream to have a kind of encyclopaedia with all my favorite instruments united in one book,” Matlak told Electronic Beats. “There’s a lot of technical details but the prime focus is communicating personal points of view and experiences with these machines.”
The book is a collection of exclusive descriptions and photos, plus interviews and stories from the likes of Legowelt, Egyptian Lover, Jeff Mills, Mark Ernestus, Modeselektor, Lee Scratch Perry, Moby, Robert Hood, Mathew Jonson, make it clear that these machines can create emotional connections.