The last Alien Jams radio show started with a track from Charanjit Singh’s album “Synthesizing: Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat.” This album has received lots of attention and acclaim and I thought it deserved a closer look.
Charanjit Singh was a Bollywood session musician and interested in electronic music. He had gone to great lengths to import some of the latest synthesizer equipment to India. In 1982 he released “Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat” a unique album that combined electronic disco with Indian classical Ragas. Most significant though was the fact that it is considered by many to be the first example of acid house, even pre-dating Phuture’s seminal “Acid Trax” by five years.
Interestingly, pioneering acid house producers in Chicago and Detroit would have no way of knowing about Charanjit Singh. There are even some conspiracy theories about the 1982 album! I have posted a video I stumbled upon from 2010. The interviewers track down Charanjit Singh in Bombay to ask him about his pioneering album.
Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat was re-released by Bombay Connection
Charanjit Singh- Raga Bhairav
Francis Bebey- Wuma Te
Queen Samantha- Take a Chance
Felix Kubin- Hissi Hissi
Hard Corps- Dirty
The Juan MacLean- A New Bot
Peter Baumann- Bicentennial Present
Afrikan Sciences- Spirals
Francis Bebey- Savannah Georgia
Geneva Jacuzzi- Sand Trap
Bruce Haack- Party Machine
Pye Corner Audio- Cloud Control
The Day the Earth Stood Still- Amazing soundtrack by Bernard Herrmann
|In 1951, Herman used the theremin in “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” The film score included both bass and treble theremins, along with other instruments. He treated the theremins as an orchestral section.
I really appreciate the work of both Simon Reynolds and John Carpenter. Here is a little vid with both of these guys.
Found this video- really creepy! Ruth White from her 1969 album ‘Flowers of Evil’
The Advisory Circle- Nuclear Substation
Doris Norton- Radioactive Gnome
Sympathy Nervous- Paranoid
Bal Paré- Rien Ne Va Pas
The Egyptian Lover- Computer Love (Sweet Dreams)
Peaking Lights- Birds of Paradise (Xander Harris Remix)
Cybotron- Techno City
LFO- Track 14
Roger Roger- Sound Industrial 15
Dick Raaijmakers- Tweeklank
Vatican Shadow- Missing HMM364 Squadron Purple Foxes Assassin
R. Stevie Moore- Little Man
R. Stevie Moore- Alecia