“808” refers to a drum machine – analogue synthesizer – called a Roland TR-808. It is well known for the ability of its bass drum to produce extremely low-frequency sounds.

“808” is the police code in the US for disturbing the peace by noise pollution, refering to excessive loud music (mostly bass).

Electronic music is not made by machines. It is music made with machines by “people” who first have been inspired by rise and fall of mechanization of the modern world and their impact on society.

“8” refers to infinity, describing something without limits. There will always be music, people inspired by complexity of the world and people who live differently.

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