Sunday, June 12, 2016
Charanjit Singh "Synthesizing - Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat" 1983
This record may have been analyzed and hyped for some years now, the story and the myth about Charanjit Singh and his recordings in India 1982 has been told over and over again. But, this LP (originally released in 1983) still fascinate and mezmarize. Singh was a well known studio player in a numerous of Bollywood soundtracks in India 1960s-1980s. This album was a kind of synthesize experiment at the time and it was a commercial failure and most all of the copys was destroyed by the record company. The story tells that there is only 100 survived copys. The music is actually what the title says, ten compressed indian ragas played with the top notch synthesizers of the time with drum machines. The beat can only be derived to the acid house genre that molded some years later in the west, and today to some modern electro subgenres. Today you can tell it's far ahead of it's time, that this record probably will survive for ages and inspire new generations. Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat is a hypnotizing and marvelous album with a cold and dark sound, and it's easy to get obsessed by the groove. The album went reissued in 2010 (with a totally different cover, the above is the original) after a european record collector find a copy in India 2002 and went bananas over the bargain. There is an huge amount of information about this recordings on internet - technical mumbo jumbo about the synthesizers, machines and similar stuff - to me it's enuff to just listen and float by. Have a nice trip!