R.I.P. Charanjit Singh

06.07.15

Charanjit Singh, an Indian composer credited with inadvertently inventing acid house a few years before it took off in Chicago, has reportedly died aged 75.

The Wire India report that Singh died in his sleep in Mumbai during the early hours of Sunday. At the time of his death, he was said to be preparing for a new live show in London and had plans to produce an album of Indian folk music.

Singh started out as a session musician before moving on to compose soundtracks for Bollywood films. In 1982, he released an electronic album using cutting edge Roland synthesizers and drum machines, including a then-newly released TB-303, called '10 Ragas To A Disco Beat'.

The album was rediscovered in the early 2000s and immediately noted for the similarities between its sound and the sound of acid house later on – although many sceptics claimed (and some continue to claim) that it was a hoax.

The album was re-released in 2010. This re-release took Singh and his live show around the world, including to festivals like Field Day in London.

[via The Wire India]