Okuda Hiroko: The Casio Employee Behind The Riddim That Revolutionized Reggae

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The Casio MT-40 keyboard’s “rock” unintentionally became a core ‘riddim’ of reggae music. Its creator, Okuda Hiroko, was a music graduate fresh out of college. She fell in love with reggae in middle school, and it became such an integral part of her life that she based her thesis on the genre. And apparently, this spilt over into her development of the MT-40’s preset rhythm tracks; although she hadn’t had the genre in mind, it likely influenced her subconsciously to make a rhythm that worked well with reggae music. Read full article here

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