Charanjit Singh (live), Auntie Flo + Esa
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We're very privileged to present the UK debut of a show that almost certainly will never happen again: Charanjit Singh performing his 1982 proto-Acid record 'Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat'.
Originally made in 1982 by a Bollywood soundtrack composer Singh, intending to capitalise on the disco phenomenon with a combination of centuries-old classical Indian Ragas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.
Basically creating 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. It's no throw-away novelty record either, instead capturing the hypnotic potential of acid music in the most ornate and scarily prescient fashion, making explicit the similarities of infinitely arpeggiated bass sequences and pure electronic pulses that would soundtrack dancefloors for the next 30 odd years.
Having recently been reissued, rumours flew abound pointing at a hoax from Aphex Twin or Ceephax, but a hoax it was not. Still a regular performer in India, Charanjit will play with a full live set up - comprising of the original gear he recorded the albums with: a Roland TB-303 bass synth, TR-808 drum machine, and a Jupiter-8 keyboard synth.
Support comes from the illustrious Auntie Flo and dashing Esa.