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The Roland TR-909 (the iconic 808’s lesser-known successor, as heard on Daft Punk’s “Revolution 909” and tracks by Frankie Knuckles, Phil Collins, Moby and more) turns 30 this year and to celebrate, an Edinburgh-based collective by the name of Ray built a nine-foot-long version of the drum machine—and it can actually be played. Hear them jam out on the gigantic replica, which is actually connected to an Aira TR-8 (a newer “clone”) instead of an original Roland TR-909, and expect to see it around local festivals.