The E-mail message field is required. Basil is said to be reminiscent of his earlier years with The Swing Tones in Edmonton. There's only some short mention in the actual film about technology - something I'm sure frustrates hardcore synthesizer buffs. This is yet another example of great subject matter being dulled by poor documentary technique, yet his music is so inspirational one can't help but recommend this. Reviewed at San Francisco Indie Festival, Feb. It was released in 2004 at the , distributed by and televised on , , and.
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. Haack, the director uses what appears to be clip art moving around to the beat of the music. The biographical information here is pretty sparse. However, his studies proved less sympathetic, and he dropped out of Juilliard just eight months later, rejecting the school's restrictive approach. Oh, and as an added bonus for the Tipsy fans out there myself included , there's a somewhat rare interview with the guys. Haack's early scores, like 1955's Les Etapes, suggested the futuristic themes and experimental techniques Haack developed in his later works.
Bruce Haack Birth name Bruce Clinton Haack Also known as Jackpine Savage, Jacques Trapp Born 1931-05-04 May 4, 1931 , , Canada Died September 26, 1988 1988-09-26 aged 57 , , United States Genres , , Occupation s Musician, producer Instruments Synthesizer, voice, vocoder Years active 1955-1988 Labels Dimension 5, Associated acts Ted Pandel, Website Bruce Clinton Haack · May 4, 1931 — September 26, 1988 was a musician and composer, and a pioneer within the realm of. As well, in the 80s, he caught the attention of Russell Simmons, who worked with him on a rap project. Perhaps somewhat of an unfortunate a title too. In later years, Haack's painting of St. As the 1960s began, the public's interest in electronic music and synthesizers increased, and so did Haack's notoriety. Haack continued making children's albums as well, including 1972's Dance to the Music, 1973's Captain Entropy, and 1974's This Old Man, which featured science fiction versions of nursery rhymes and traditional songs.
A tribute to Dimension 5 Records featuring covers of Bruce Haack songs by , , and others, the project was produced by longtime friend and Beck collaborator, Ross Harris, whose autistic child, and godson to Beck, inspired the album. There is some great archival footage of Bruce Haack's television appearances here, but it is cut short. Credits: Cinematographers, Philip Anagnos, T. As the 1960s progressed and the musical climate became more receptive to his kind of whimsical innovation, Haack's friend, collaborator, and business manager found mainstream applications for his music. Special features: director's featurette at Slamdance; additional footage; radio interview.
I understand that there was trouble securing the rights to old footage, but at least be creative with your limitations! How innovative was his predominantly self-designed technology? 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. In 2013, the documentary was re-released by , a division of. Cast: Bruce Haack, Esther Nelson, Ted Pandel. I've seen the Moog doc, the Theramin doc, and several other docs on obscure musicians and this is by far the worst. New York City's offered Haack the opportunity to study with composer ; thanks to a scholarship from the Canadian government, he headed to New York upon graduating from Edmonton in 1954. Haackula seems to have inspired Haack's final landmark work, 1981's Bite.
Minor point of course since the material is well paced and solid. Seeking formal training to hone his ability, Haack applied to the University of Alberta's music program. While Dimension 5's later musical releases — mostly singalong albums featuring Nelson — may lack the iconoclastic spark of the early records, Nelson and Pandel's continued work reveals the depth of their friendship with Haack, a distinctive and pioneering electronic musician. Influential on modern music in so many ways, his contribution is nearly impossible to guage. Bruce Haack is remembered at this time in his development as having a surprising ability to hear music and play it back immediately from memory, and would often compose innovative riffs through improvisation. 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. Haack's failing health slowed Dimension 5's musical output in the early 1980s, but Nelson and Pandel kept the label alive by publishing songbooks, like Fun to Sing and The World's Best Funny Songs, and re-released selected older albums as cassettes which are still available today.
Though Bite is harsher than his other works, it features his innovative, educational touch: A thorough primer on electronics and synthesizers makes up a large portion of the liner notes, and Haack adds a new collaborator for this album, 13-year-old vocalist Ed Harvey. He received a degree in psychology from the university; this influence was felt later in songs that dealt with body language and the computer-like ways children absorb information. Further, there is no explanation on how these gadgets worked. The former enfant terrible of motion picture scoring and accomplished jazz pianist was honored with four Academy Awards. . Antonio Somodevilla, Anagnos; editors, Anagnos, Kyle Yaskin; music, Bruce Haack. Prior to leaving Alberta to move to New York City, Haack assembled a large record collection of music from many parts of the world.
From Children's Music to Electric Lucifer 1963-1976 Haack found another outlet for his creativity as an accompanist for children's dance teacher Esther Nelson. Haack was also invited by to participate in their , experimenting with , which influenced his music for years to come. Perhaps this is because there was too much enthusiasm for drugs from everyone involved here to risk portraying them in a negative light. There is practically no information here that someone who is aware of Bruce Haack would not already be aware of. 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. 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. Eschewing diagrams and plans, Haack improvised, creating instruments capable of 12-voice polyphony and random composition.
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. His music evolved from his passion and creation of numerous children's albums but today his work has inspired the likes of world renowned musicians such as Beck, Beastie Boys' Money Mark and Mouse on mars - his swan song was a rap collaboration with hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons. From Party Machine to Death 1977-1988 His darkest album to date, Haackula, strikes out on into dark, yet playful territory. 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. Good: An item in used but good condition. Published Jul 01, 2005 Bruce Haack's rehabilitation from obscure electronic pioneer to semi-obscure inspirational cult figure is complete. A facinating hour or so long documentary about electronic music composer Bruce Haack.
This exposure would prove to have a significant influence on Haack's work later in life. Not only did he talk to a bunch of hack musicians, but is himself a hack. Haack died in 1988 from heart failure, but his label and commitment to making creative children's music survives. In the 1960s and 1970s Haack set about recording a series of children's albums that bucked the trend for wishy-washy sentimentalism, and instead incorporated some edgy, experimental, and decidedly oddball concepts. Throughout the rest of his career, Haack rejected restrictions of any kind, often writing several different kinds of music at one time. Despite, or perhaps because of, his audience, his music was unusually expressive, combining homemade analog synths, classical, country, pop and acid rock elements with surreal lyrics. A creator whose striking musical compositions and technological innovations can bring wonder to audiences both young and old, electronic-music pioneer drew inspiration from all genres of music and has often been referred to as one of the founding fathers of techno.