Pioneering electronic musician Bruce Haack visited Mr Rogers Neighborhood on May 22, 1968, blowing minds of children everywhere.
Watch closely, and you’ll see that Haack demonstrates a wide range of electronic music techniques that a lot of musicians would consider experimental today, close to 50 years later. Haack’s techniques included circuit bending, found instruments, experimental instrument interfaces, skin conductance music controllers, gestural controllers and more.
Here’s the second half of Haack’s performance on Mr. Rogers:
Bruce Clinton Haack (May 4, 1931-September 26, 1988) was a musician, composer, and pioneer of electronic music. Haack released a series of electronic albums for children in the early and mid 60’s.
He also allegedly ‘had a notoriously disturbed childhood’ and ‘took Mescaline with Native Americans at the age of 8’, according to Wikipedia. See the Bruce Haack site for more information on Haack and his music.
if any readers grew up knowing the music of Bruce Haack, leave a comment and let us know about your experience!
Note: The Wikipedia entry on Haack has been updated, removing the reference to his disturbed childhood and noting that he used peyote, not mescaline. The Haack entry is not well referenced, so it’s not clear how accurate his biographical information is.