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Haack - The King of Techno

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    The story of Bruce Haack is one of the most unusual and inspiring tales to ever enliven the world of popular music. 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.

    The albums were very popular, picking up a cult following amongst adults, as well as the younger audience for which the records were originally aimed. Haack's experimental nature saw him eventually leaving the children's genre behind, and making several albums of his own music, such as HAACKULA and ELECTRIC LUCIFER.

    This documentary from Philip Anagnos shines a light on Hacck's unique career, illustrating how his forays into the avant-garde proved highly influential over musicians such as Beck, the Beastie Boys, and a plethora of electronic and hip hop based artists. Celebrity testimonials come thick and fast throughout, as does some incredible vintage footage of Haack demonstrating his art on various television shows.
    Type: Documentary
    Year: 2005
    Total Time: 70:00
    Styles: Disco, EBM, Experimental, Progressive
    Formats: DVD
    Liscense: Copyright
    Cast:
    Bruce Haack
    Esther Nelson
    Ted Pandel
    Chris Kachulis
    Chris Albertson
    Harry Spiridakis
    John Spiridakis
    Peter Cor
    Greg Carripedes
    Andi Toma
    Jean-Jacques Perrey
    Jan St. Werner
    Tommy Grenas
    Rossie Harris
    Craig Borell
    Tim Digulla
    David Gardner
    Mark Oliver Everett
    Money Mark
    Garry Moore
    Fred Rogers
    Teresa Brewer
    Chris Manak
    Cut Chemist
    Director: Philip Anagnos
    Producer: Philip Anagnos, Arthur Maturo, Melanie Blythe, Nick Anagnos
    Editor: Philip Anagnos, Kyle Yaskin
    Cinematography: Philip Anagnos
    Studio: Seventh Art
    Distributor: KOCH Vision
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Jack Hertz

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This documentary is a brisk overview of Bruce Haak's music career. Relying mostly on interviews and personal accounts from colleges, friends, and fans. It is filled with stories about his many innovative accomplishments, performances, as well as some of his downturns. Are informative of Haak's life, as a person. However, for an electronic music pioneer. It was disappointing to find little focus on the technical side of his work. His most important contributions to music composition, production, and electronic instruments are hardly looked at in this film

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