Album Review

Haack, Bruce – “Electronic Record For Children, The” – [Mississippi Records]

MSTiZA   3/28/2012   12-inch, A Library

Bruce Haack, composer, genius. When he passed away in 1988 the world didn’t quite know it’s loss. Haack was a child prodigy. Playing in his first band the Swing Tomes by age twelve. He studied at the U of Alberta in Edmonton which landed in theater productions, radio station, and playing in a band. Through the Juilliard School of music, Haack came to America to study with composer Vincent Persichetti. Haack eventually dropped out of Juilliard due to the restrictive structure of the school. He kept this rebellious side through out his career. He collaborated with Children’s Music Teacher, Esther Nelson (Miss Nelson) and with Ted “Praxiteles” Pandel starting their own label Dimension 5. Every song on this record (re-released by Mississippi Records) has a unique themes and abstract sound. You will find voices/dialogue, spooky soft structures, organic, vintage, lullabies, cosmic, and astronomical storytelling. It’s a psychedelic experience at the schoolyard.

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