Charanjit Singh, A Guy Called Gerald and Mobiletti Giradischi
The sixth installment of CTM Festival’s Polymorphism series presents Charanjit Singh and A Guy Called Gerald, two electronic music pioneers who provided crucial contributions to the birth and development of acid house, a genre that is inextricably connected to the unique sounds of the legendary Roland analog synthesizers.
Without knowing it, Charanjit Singh created what could be considered the first acid house album in India in 1982; Synthesizing: Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat came out nearly 3 years before the first tracks of the genre emerged in Chicago. On his end A Guy Called Gerald was busy developing his own acid house flavour in mid-80s Manchester, fuelled by his musical roots of blues, reggae, soul, jazz, and electro funk. Recognized as the first British acid house track, Gerald’s “Voodo Ray” was published in 1988, just in time for the UK’s “Second Summer of Love”, whose unruly raves changed electronic music culture.
On May 16th the septuagenarian Indian Bollywood composer and musician Charanjit Singh will perform his legendary album live with original instruments: the Roland TB-303 bass synthesizer, the Roland TR-808 drum machine, and a Roland Jupiter-8 synthesizer. A Guy Called Gerald will bring his Roland machine outfit to the Berghain to give a rare 100% analog improvised live jam that goes back to his roots, even incorporating some of his early tracks from 1986-88.
Mobiletti Giradischi (CTM program director Remco Schuurbiers) sets the tone beforehand with a special DJ set of pre-acid electronica that venture near the characteristic sound signatures of acid.