The Recording Academy has announced its special merit award recepients for the year with Roland founder Ikutaro Kakehasi and Sequential Circuits' Dave Smith among those being honoured.
Kakehasi and Smith will receive technical Grammy awards for their contributions to the development of MIDI technology. The technical Grammy award is presented to individuals and companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field.
MIDI was first unveiled 30 years ago in 1983 by Kakehashi and Smith and allows electronic instruments to 'talk' to one another.
“Each year, The Academy has the distinct privilege of honouring those who have greatly contributed to our industry and cultural heritage, and this year we have a gifted and brilliant group of honorees,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “Their exceptional accomplishments, contributions and artistry will continue to influence and inspire generations to come.”
“It’s already been 30 years since the debut of MIDI protocol in 1983, but it seems to me that those years have passed so quickly. Electronic musical instruments have become very popular all over the world through this time, and it is my great pleasure that MIDI played a significant role in their prevalence,” said Mr. Kakehashi. “This year’s technical Grammy award is the result of the cooperation by the companies who worked towards the same dream — growth of electronic musical instruments. I would like to share this acknowledgement with Mr. Tadao Kikumoto, former R&D manager of Roland Corporation, the engineering staff and all who were involved in creating and designing the MIDI concept and system.”