Thursday, April 1, 2010

A Bollywood Composer Invented Techno in 1982

Here's a fun fact....Techno music's history can be traced back to India. It was invented by Charanjit Singh, a Bollywood composer back in 1982 with his album Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat.
Charanjit Singh's 'Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat' is quite easily one of the maddest records we've ever had in stock. It was originally made in 1982 by a Bollywood soundtrack composer, intending to capitalise on the disco phenomenon with a combination of centuries-old classical Indian Ragas set to a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. He basically created a sound which mirrored, and more importantly, pre-dated the first acid house record.
Whether you are a fan of Techno music or not, it is still pretty interesting to see it's origins from a country not known for electronic 'anything'... You can listen to Sample Tracks to get a taste of Charanjit Singh's beats. I would have to admit...even for 1982, these beats are pretty sweet even for today...

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

what a load of sh1t! If this is the birth of techno then the moon really is made of cheese. You,ve obviously never been to a Mumbai rave - head wobbling Punjab-Pop.

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