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...The King of Techno
A look into the underground world of Bruce Haack, a genius whose past work continues to garner recognition with time... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Bruce Haack ... Himself (archive footage)
Esther Nelson ... Miss. Nelson
Ted Pandel ... Praxiteles Pandel
Chris Kachulis ... Himself
Chris Albertson ... Himself
Harry Spiridakis ... Starchild
John Spiridakis ... Starchild
Peter Cor ... Starchild
Greg Carripedes ... Starchild
Andi Toma ... Mouse on Mars
Jean-Jacques Perrey ... Himself
Jan St. Werner ... Mouse on Mars
Tommy Grenas ... Anubian Lights

Rossie Harris ... Dj Me Dj You
Craig Borell ... Dj Me Dj You
Tim Digulla ... Tipsy
David Gardner ... Tipsy

Mark Everett ... Eels
Money Mark ... Money Mark (as Mark Ramos Nishita)
Garry Moore ... Game Show Host (archive footage)

Fred Rogers ... Mister Rogers (archive footage)
Teresa Brewer ... Teresa Brewer (archive footage)
Chris Manak ... Peanut Butter Wolf

Lucas MacFadden ... Himself (as Cut Chemist)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Len Del Rio ... Anubian Lights
Banjo Harris ... Himself

Directed by
Philip Anagnos 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Philip Anagnos 

Produced by
Nick Anagnos .... producer
Philip Anagnos .... producer
Melanie Blythe .... supervising producer
Arthur Maturo .... associate producer
Original Music by
Bruce Haack 
Miss Nelson 
Praxiteles Pandel 
Cinematography by
Philip Anagnos 
Todd Antonio Somodevilla  (as T. Antonio Somodevilla)
Film Editing by
Philip Anagnos 
Kyle Yaskin 
Visual Effects by
Philip Anagnos .... animation
Lance Robertson .... thanks

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"Haack ...The King of Techno" - USA (original title)
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70 min | USA:56 min (TV version)
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Not that bad, but suffers from overall mistakes and lack of direction., 29 April 2006
Author: Apogee_

First of all, kudos to the director for making a documentary about Bruce Haack. I doubt anyone else would have due to Haack's obscurity. However, that also puts a lot of obligation on the shoulders of the director, since his work will probably be one of the sole reference works about Haack in the future. Unfortunately I think there's problems in that aspect, but more on that later.

The documentary starts off well by introducing Haack with some basic background information. There's some good insights into Haack's personality as a musician, with some interesting anecdotes and facts. I was under the impression that Haack eventually ended up dropping out of Julliard, so I thought it was odd that there was no mention of this. Furthermore, there was no mention of the fact that he had a degree psychology, which I think is important to his approach to music. From the relatively good start, the movies goes into a somewhat confusing segment which features a group of people who had known Haack when they were kids. I never really came to understand their relationship to Haack, and I think the director used their commentaries to little effect. This is also a problem in the various interviews with modern day DJs and electronic musicians. Few of them seemed to be particularly inspired or influenced by him, and merely seemed to be interested in his music because of his status as an obscure pioneer of the genre. As such, they added very little to the documentary. I'm not putting down the artists for their comments, but merely the way their commentary had been integrated into the documentary as such.

There is little information about Haack's methods of composition as an electronic musician. His use of vocoders, which I personally think is one of Haack's principle distinctions as a pioneer, is not mentioned once. I was also disappointed that no real attempts were made to draw any parallels between Haack's lyrics and his life. Especially since I have always found his lyrical themes and concepts (religion, powerlove, computerization of mankind etc) to be particularly unique. Generally, there should have been made a better distinction between his work as a composer of children's music and his more serious outputs. There are huge differences. Ideally, the director should have gone through and properly described (sort of like how he did with "Haackula," but more thoroughly) some of Haack's most important albums.

So, all in all, this documentary is not that bad, but it definitely has its share of problems. Frankly, the angle of trying to make Haack into the "Godfather of Techno" does not really work. It's a shame, because this is probably the only time someone will do a serious attempt of shedding some light on the otherwise enigmatic and obscure Bruce Haack.

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