Bant Mag. in collaboration with Pera Film, as part of Vodafone Istanbul Calling, between 31 May – 9 June 2013, is presenting a film program of music documentaries: Watch That Music. A wonderful program for music buffs, the selected films of the program capture the different genres of music and distinctive styles.
The program compiled by Bant Mag. includes recent hits such as Marley, Cure For Pain: the Mark Sandman Story, Under African Skies; influential documentaries from the 2000’s such as No Distance Left To Run, Until The Light Takes Us, RIP!: A Remix Manifesto; classics like The Year Punk Broke and Kill your Idols; as well as rare gems like Haack…The King Of Techno.
The King of Techno takes the audience into the simple yet extraordinary life of Bruce Haack, who is considered to be one of the pioneers of electronic music. Haack’s influence on the genre is still very much alive today; this documentary gives the audience a chance to understand the story of creating his own bizarre sound with the help of his family and friends.
We are very pleased to be able to offer an exclusive version of ‘Haack… The King Of Techno’. available to download on Bleep. Originally released in 2004 this version has been especially recut for Bleep by the director Philip Anagnos.
Remixes by Peanut Butter Wolf, Samiyam, Prince Language, Jonti, James Pants, Jonwayne.
Bruce Haack made some of the weirdest, most zonked electronic pop known to man, but he didn’t get enough credit for it at the time. His first records were coming out in the early ’60s, and Moog music technology was just getting into the hands of musicians, so a lot of the pioneering tunes from that era were full of wild experimentation and sounds people were hearing for the very first time. They’re fascinating listens now, but audiences at the time just weren’t there yet. Thankfully, Haack’s records stood the test of time, and he’s since received a fair amount of posthumous acclaim thanks to reissues of several of his best records (Electric Lucifer, Haackula) in the last decade.
Now, I’ve been waiting patiently for word of more Haack reissues, so I was naturally stoked when I heard that Portland treasure trove Mississippi Recordswas going to release what might possibly be the weirdest Haack reissue yet: The Electronic Record for Children. That’s right, it’s for kids! I know it sounds strange, but considering Haack’s playful nature and childish abandon, it’s no wonder this one is such a gem. Turns out he was really into education and believed in music as a powerful technique for its delivery, so he started a brand called Dimension 5 along with educator Esther Nelson and together they put out 13 of these wacked-out children’s LPs. Thanks to the success of some of these albums, Haack even made a guest appearance on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood back in the day. So go make babies so you can play this record for them.
The Electronic Record For Children is out now on Mississippi Records.