Bruce Haack (1931-1988) was an electronic music pioneer. He created a variety of synth devices and put them to groundbreaking use.
After accumulating a significant body of work, in 1982, he released a collaborative song with Def Jam’s Russell Simmons, “Party Machine,” which turned out to be Haack’s last published work.
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This summer, Stones Throw will release Farad: The Electronic Voice, a collection of Haack’s work. It will focus on Haack’s work with the vocoder. He “built one of the first truly musical vocoders in 1969, naming it ‘Farad’ after 1800′s English chemist/physicist Michael Faraday,” the label writes. “Haack’s album Electric Lucifer (1970) was the first rock album to include the vocoder and was followed several years later by Kraftwerk’s Autobahn.”
Farad: The Electronic Voice contains recordings from 1970-1982, including “Party Machine”, which is featured in the above video that the label recently posted to Youtube. It was created by Philip Anagnos.
Hear the influence on The Doors, Little Boots, Black Moth Super Rainbow/Tobacco, and countless others that the above song likely had.
And check out his story about a visit with Native Americans, told through a song called “Walking Eagle.” Backed by electro-funk sounds, Haack tells a presumably true story, as he was really “invited by Native Americans to participate in their pow-wows, experimenting with peyote, which influenced his music for years to come,” says this Wikipedia article, which draws from his official bio at brucehaack.com.
“His upbringing in the isolated mining town of Rocky Mountain House in Alberta, Canada,” where the natives also lived, “gave him plenty of time to develop his musical talents.”