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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Bruce Haack - The Electronic Record for Children

Posted by Chris Cantino on Tue, Jan 3, 2012 at 12:28 PM

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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 local treasure trove Mississippi Records was 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.

LISTEN:

Bruce Haack's Dimension 5 - "Sing"

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