Originally Posted by peter_martin
to the OP, if I went to the studio tonight and made a song using nothing but 808s that was so bad a$$ it could literally travel back in time and kill Hitler, would you STILL not like the 808?
Grandfather paradox, really.
No Hitler --> no WWII.
No WWII --> no U.S. occupation of Japan.
No U.S. --> occupation of Japan, no hyper-capitalist development in Japan. No hyper capitalist development in Japan ==> No absurd electronic toys to satisfy the technocratic elite. And thus, no 808.
Not saying that drum machines wouldn't happen or anything. But there is more than one way to synthesize a snare and it's likely that a different drum machine with a different sonic architecture would have come to prominence.
I can't believe that I just made that argument.