The "disco ragas" Charanjit Singh made in 1982 may speak a language that is easy to understand, but ...
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The "disco ragas" Charanjit Singh made in 1982 may speak a language that is easy to understand, but deploys a cadence that renders it unlike any other. The closest proxy is arguably house music, leading some observers to apply the genre "proto-house" to this music. But of course, this album was recorded years before the term house music even existed.
The re-release of his record "Synthesizing: 10 Ragas to a Disco Beat" in 2010 both stunned and confused given the seemingly impossible history that underlies its creation. As some observers have noted that the tracks on show are exotically painted, trapped in an endless, hypnotic wormhole. it's perhaps the only [record] that sounds like it should have influenced acid house.
If these reactions are anything to go by, Singh's work in 1982 is akin to the Holy Grail of electronic. A missing link, washed over by the sands of time, unearthed recently by accident. A sound that is now the hallmark of current electronic dance music as we know it.
Lodi-The Garden Restaurant & Amarrass Records are proud to present a night of banging beats, classical ragas, vintage analogue synthesizers, aural ecstasy, and lots of "nachna" with the legend CHARANJIT SINGH