Roland Corporation founder Ikutaro Kakehashi will receive the Recording Academy’s Technical Grammy Award for his work with Sequential Circuits president Dave Smith on developing MIDI technology.
Los Angeles, CA (January 3, 2012)—Roland founder Ikutaro Kakehashi and Dave Smith, president of Sequential Circuits, have been named as among the Recording Academy's Special Merit Awards’ Technical Grammy Award recipients this year for their contributions to the development of MIDI technology.

Recipients of the Technical Grammy Award are determined by vote through the Academy’s Producers and Engineers Wing Advisory Council and Chapter Committees, as well as the Academy’s Trustees. The award is presented to individuals and companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field.

Next year marks the 30th anniversary of Kakehashi and Smith’s launch of MIDI, a standard that motivated the cooperation of an entire industry and helped move music technology into a new era. Today, MIDI is ubiquitous in the musical equipment industry, and it is the defacto standard feature on virtually every electronic music product made by every manufacturer.

“Each year, The Academy has the distinct privilege of honoring 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.

“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 Kakehashi.

A special invitation-only ceremony will be held during Grammy Week on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, and a formal acknowledgment will be made during the 55th Annual Grammy Awards telecast, which will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, and broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.

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