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Up until now, Bruce Haack’s legacy has only existed in the quirks, glitches, and audio signals of techno-luminaries such as Zapp and Kraftwerk, left unacknowledged and relatively unknown. But with the release of Farad Bruce Haack, the electronic music pioneer can finally be lifted out of the sooty fields of arcane knowledge and placed into a justifiable position of recognition.

Haack’s music is rooted in the idea that humans and electronic machines share a reciprocal relationship that manifests itself through sounds. In order to further explore this dynamic, Haack dropped out of Juilliard to pursue a more experimental course in, surprisingly, educational children’s music. Haack released material off his own label Dimension 5 Records in 1962, which allowed him to mix kinetic energy, infuse psychedelic philosophy, and pluck sounds from various genres across the board. Adding to his musical pastiches, Haack used home-made modular synthesizers, proto-vocoders, and the heat-touch sensitive Dermatron to expand his music into the technological realm of creativity.

After contributing to commercials, TV shows such as Mister Rogers, and theatre productions, Haack released the acid-rock-techno gem Electric Lucifer, a conceptual masterpiece that maps out a war between heaven and hell, and where notions of “powerlove” are mediated through Moog synths. Similar to friend Raymond Scott (who J-Dilla sampled for “Lightworks”), Haack’s facility to create new electronic soundscapes has turned his work into a virtual music library, one whose samples have already been culled by the likes of Cut Chemist.

Farad Bruce Haack serves as a glowing primer of Haack’s work throughout his career. Touching on the lush, pysch-electronic grooves of the Electric Lucifer period and extending to his more abstract, angular works, this compilation highlights his use of the Farad, one of the first musical vocoders invented at the time. Yet amidst echoey reverb and haunting drones, Haack himself manages to create something primal and human, not necessarily conflating human and electronic but posing them as compatible partners.

Press Quotes:

“Like a number of his contempories, including Mort Garson, Gershon Kingsley, Beaver & Krause and Jean-Jacques Perry, Haack saw a spiritual dimension to the sounds coming out of his circuits. However, no one else expressed that vision in such complex terms.” – Wire

“An autodidact who built synthesizers that spewed a panoply of deliriously quirky sounds, this misfit composer is the only person to appear on Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood and produce a classic acidhead LP (The Electric Lucifer).” – The Stranger

“Neglected as a musical force during his lifetime …” – Pitchfork

“Mad electronics from the legendary Bruce Haack – easily one of the most unusual talents to ever pick up a moog!” – Dusty Groove


01. Electric To Me Turn from The Electric Lucifer (1970)
02. Incantation from The Electric Lucifer (1970)
03. National Anthem To The Moon from The Electric Lucifer (1970)
04. Maybe This Song from Together (1971)
05. Rain Of Earth from Together (1971)
06. Rita from Single (1975)
07. Man Kind from Haackula (1978)
08. Epilogue from Haackula (1978)
09. Ancient Mariner from Electric Lucifer Book 2 (1979)
10. Stand Up Lazarus from Electric Lucifer Book 2 (1979)
11. Noon Day Sun from Electric Lucifer Book 2 (1979)
12. Lie Back from Bite (1981)
13. Snow Job from Bite (1981)
14. Program Me from Bite (1981)
15. The King from Single (1982)
16. Party Machine from Single (1982)

The album Bruce HaackFarad: Vocoder Music 1969-1982” (Stones Throw) is going to be released August 27, 2010.

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