Charanjit Singh in action. Photo: Sacha Pohlflepp, CC 2.0
The unintentional pioneer of Acid House, Charanjit Singh, has passed away in his sleep according to Pitchfork. Singh, a former session musician in Bollywood, was no stranger to technology. As well as an accomplished guitarist he was into his hardware synths and drum machines. In the early 80s he created an album, 10 Ragas to a disco beat with the help of the Roland TB 303, TR 808, and Jupiter 8. Released in 1982 it didn’t make any headway in India. However, it was rediscovered twenty years later and was re-released in 2010. Needless to say he finally got the credit he deserved amongst the electronic music connoisseurs.
Take a listen to his “before its time” album, 10 Ragas to a Disco Beat, on YouTube here: