The Rewind No 7:Charanjit Singh- Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat

charanjit-singh-001Charanjit Singh is an Indian musician from Mumbai who performed in numerous Bollywood soundtrack orchestras during the sixties and seventies. Singh led a wedding band, recorded and released a number of albums of cover versions of popular songs. He is also the creator of one of the most important electronic albums ever made! After languishing in obscurity for almost 30 years the rediscovery by record collector Edo Bouman of Singh’s 1982 album “Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat” caused a stir in the world of dance & electronic music back in 2010. Inspired by the disco phenomenon, Singh went into the studio with an idea to combine centuries-old classical Indian Ragas set to a disco backing. To achieve this Charanjit used a prototypical acid set-up of Roland TB303 bass melody sequencer and TR808 drum computer together with a Jupiter-8 keyboard. He basically created a sound which mirrored, and more importantly, pre-dated the first acid house record – Phuture’s ‘Acid Track’ by five years, and even preceded Chip E’s ‘Jack Trax’ in 1985.The result is a haunting, futuristic and visionary masterpiece.

CF Smith

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