Thursday, June 5, 2008

DVD Recommendation - Haack: The King of Techno

If you've never heard of Bruce Haack before, you're not alone. Prior to seeing this movie, I hadn't heard of him either. Whether you are familiar with him or not, however, Haack was a very unique character and an important pioneer in electronic music. Haack spent most of his career (from the early 60's) making children's music, largely using self-built synthesizers. He also made albums aimed more at the grown-up market, such as 1970's "Electric Lucifer", an album that occasionally bears a resemblance to the stuff Kraftwerk would eventually become famous for. "Haack: The King of Techno" is a very interesting look at Haack's life and legacy that demonstrates how sometimes true pioneers get obscured by the cobwebs of history.


THC1138 said...

Yeah, this one is great, and Haack's music is really unique and enjoyable. A friend mentioned him to me a long time ago, but it took this documentary to really get me to look into his work.

aL said...

The Russell Simmons stuff sounded super interesting.