HAACK: KING OF TECHNO
USA 2003, 70 mins
Bruce Haack was one of the most musically and lyrically inventive childrens songwriters of the 60s and 70s. Despiteor perhaps because ofhis intended audience, his music was unusually expressive, combining homemade analog synths, classical, country, pop and rock elements and surreal, idealistic lyrics. Haacks innovations and desire to teach still sound fresh, making his music a favorite with fans of analog synths and esoteric recordings. Contemporaries like Raymond Scott and followers like Luke Vibert and Add N to X championed his unique musical vision, which embraced concepts like Powerlove and turned household appliances and even body parts into synthesizers and modulators.
According to Bruce Haack: King of Techno, Haack was an
impossibly cool guy, a cult figure known only to the avid consumers of his
dozens of loopy records and cassettes with titles like Captain Entropy, Funky
Doodle and Way Out Record for Children. Philip Anagnos vivacious documentary
about this amazing performer, musician and inventor features appearances by
Haack worshippers such as Modest Mouse, Money Mark (otherwise known as the
fourth Beastie Boy) and Mister Rogers, on whose show Haack made a memorable
appearance demonstrating his crazy synthesizers. Haack is an almost-lost treasure
ripe for rediscovery, and Anagnos terrific film will send you out humming
School for Robots and scrambling for his records.
Heather Phares, AllMusic.com
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