Related Information for 808 State 808 State are an electronic music outfit formed in 1988 in Manchester, England taking their name from the Roland TR-808 drum machine. Widely regarded as one of the pioneers of acid house, they were formed by Graham Massey (from ex-Factory Records band Biting Tongues), Martin Price and Gerald Simpson (later to record as A Guy Called Gerald).They released their debut Newbuild in 1988. Autechre and Aphex Twin have often cited the album as being enormously influential, and the group achieved.. read more