Rock My World Canada, chapter 145: Bruce Haack

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Born on May 4, 1931 in Nordegg, Alberta, Bruce Clinton Haack is one of the pioneers of electronic music during the 50’s and 60’s. Prolific composer behind a huge span of wildy creative, from electronic childrens songs to satanic music, as well as being an inventor of weird musical instruments like the Theremin-inspired Magic Wand and the Dermatron, a device that worked off the natural conductivity of the human body. Bruce Haack robotic songs were a precedent to the work of Synth Pop artists from the 70’s such as Kraftwerk and Gary Numan, and his quasy-psychedelic electronic music was a clear influence in the Space Rock music. Bruce Haack died in September 1988 at the age of 57.

Check out this video. Haack was doing the same sort of does Skrillix does today back when all TV was in black and white.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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