Did India invent Acid House?

This amazing record seems to have been made in 1982 in India – but no one is 100% sure it’s genuine. There’s rumours that it could have been made by a modern prankster. However, people seem to be coming round to the fact that it’s legit.

UPDATE: Turns out the Guardian did some research on this back in April and it is genuine: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/apr/10/charanjit-singh-acid-house. So Acid House was invented in India. Fact. So there.

Boomkat say:

It was originally made in 1982 by a Bollywood soundtrack composer, intending to capitalise on the disco phenomenon with a combination of centuries-old classical Indian Ragas set to a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 – Phuture’s ‘Acid Track’ by five years, and even preceded Chip E’s ‘Jack Trax’ in 1985.

Bleep.com say similar things here: http://bleep.com/index.php?page=release_details&releaseid=24531

Have a listen and see what you think. 1982 or not?


Read full review of Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat – Charanjit Singh on Boomkat.com ©

Best banner I’ve seen today

This totally stopped me in my tracks and I had to force myself not to click on it.

I know it’s a dirty trick. I don’t know how it’s a trick. I just know it is. And I need to click the banner to find out. Only I know that when I click it I won’t find out. So I didn’t click it. And now I’m just left wondering what the trick is. Or if there is a trick. Or if the trick is just that when I click on it I will never find out what the trick is.
Oh, fuck it. I just clicked on it. And it didn’t tell me how many eyes. Bastards.

My favourite interface widget of the day

You can’t not pull it. And when you do, something neat happens. I’m not going to tell you what it does, that’d spoil the surprise. Check it anywhere in the Photojojo store, like here for example: http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/photoshop-fridge-magnets/

Not sure how long it’s been there. But I love it.

Crackunit has been pharma-hacked! Bugger.

If you search for Crackunit on Google you see this:

Which is bad.

But when I actually arrive at the page there’s no mention of Zopiclone – not even in the source code anywhere. There’s no links, no nothing?!? And there’s no Pharmacy name in the hack, so I wondered what anyone could be getting out of this apart from a pain in the ass.

I did a search for Zopiclone blog hacks and various other things. And didn’t find anything useful. But I did find that Cookie (made-in-england.org) appears to have been ‘got’ too.

After a bit more digging I found this useful write up from the excellent Pearsonified blog: http://www.pearsonified.com/2010/04/wordpress-pharma-hack.php

It says:

The WordPress pharma hack quietly exploits your highest-ranking and most valuable pages by overriding the title tag and by inserting spammy links into the page content. Interestingly, the modified title tag and spammy links are only visible to search engines.

So it’s a very clever and very dirty way of boosting search engine rankings for dirty companies. I have no idea how they compromised wordpress or my server.

Unfortunately the fixes that are listed are complicated and time consuming – and on first pass it looks like my version of the hack is slightly different. Which makes it even more painful to fix. Sigh…

Anyone got any thoughts apart from ‘give up’?