Haack the King of Techno
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What's there is well paced and very cool. I guess their big problem was rarity of Haack footage and there is mention within the film of some sort or rights difficulties and people not talking which I'm sure hampered them (unless that was just an issue in the Tribute album, it's not clear). I'd say there's a little too much emphasis on the Bruce Haack tribute album - though I guess it provides a ready source of ready to use soundbytes.
Perhaps somewhat of an unfortunate a title too. It reminds me about those ad campaigns saying things like "Jean Michel Jarre, the father of Techno" or "Wendy Carlos is THE synthesizer" or whatever nonsense. Minor point of course since the material is well paced and solid.
There's only some short mention in the actual film about technology - something I'm sure frustrates hardcore synthesizer buffs. How innovative was his predominantly self-designed technology? How did it operate? You get plentiful teasers that it indeed was very special but no examinations of it all. Though in the extras section there's a very solid audio-only interview about Electronic music and technology along with some wild Mister Rogers TV footage of it in action.
Electronic music pioneer, Bruce Haack, wrote much of his music for children, but the influence of his unconventional, psychedelic sounds can be heard today in everyone from Beck to Money Mark. Aside from his children's albums, he invented and built his own electronic musical instruments, including the "Dermatron", a musical instrument that was controlled by two people completing an electrical current by making physical contact. He also appeared on various TV and radio shows including Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. As well, in the 80s, he caught the attention of Russell Simmons, who worked with him on a rap project.
If ever there was a moment when I thought the filmmaker and the subject matter couldn't be more perfectly matched, it would be now... Equally unconventional is the film's editing, the animation, and the quirky and psychedelic interview backgrounds, which, for any other subject would have driven me nuts, but for a film about Bruce Haack, was perfect. If you're renting or picking this one up, don't look for a chronology of Bruce's life. Instead, expect a mix of psychedelic animation, family photos, assorted friend and band interviews about Bruce's life and influence, and delightful black and white clips of Haack appearing on old Mister Rogers' Neighborhood episodes. The film is informative, just not in the conventional way.
Oh, and as an added bonus for the Tipsy fans out there (myself included), there's a somewhat rare interview with the guys.
If you have heard of him, this DVD should be a no-brainer. Influential on modern music in so many ways, his contribution is nearly impossible to guage. He pioneered many of the sounds by crafting his intruments from scratch and came up with ideas back in the 50's and the 60's that are still ahead of their time. If you are familar with him, this DVD will let you see the man at work and get to hear from those he worked with.
If you have not heard of him, and even have the remotest interest in making experimental music, or just enjoy finding a lost treasure, you should pick this DVD up as well. At only 70 minutes, the DVD feels all too brief, but what you get from that 70 minutes is far more interesting and valuable than some longer documentaries I have seen recently. The director manages to put together the subject material in an interesting way and the movie never feels dull.
The special features are leaving some to be desired, but does contain a couple radio interviews that otherwise would have been lost. Upon seeing this movie, you want to hear more by this artist, and having a soundtrack included in the special features would have been wonderful, but even as it stands, it is a must own DVD. Even if you don't find experimental music too interesting and prefer top 40 music, see how some of those top 40 artists were influenced. Bruce Haack influenced many musicians while he was alive and has inspired this musician and hopefully will inspire more even after his death.
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Low information, wikipedia style documentary. Low production values, amateurish. Too many interviews with stoned LA hipster schmucks talking garbled nonsense. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Timothy O'Leary
Bruce Haack............a man way ahead of his time.........a chipped genius. This documentary is a great introduction to the man and his vision.Published on March 2, 2013 by Philipgstekel
The man is great, his music great, this dvd is ok, sound quality is bad, buy a cd or some mp3.Published on November 7, 2007 by jeffreycc
The DVD came on time and in perfect condition. It was a decent price too. As far as the movie itself, I gave it as a gift. Read morePublished on June 7, 2007 by Heather R. Lenning
LEt me start off by saying that I love Bruce Haack's work. His "Electronic Lucifer Book 2" is a personal favorite. Spacey, psychedelic, very strange...it's great. Read morePublished on September 18, 2005 by R. S. Osborne