The label recently announced that they will be posthumously releasing a reissued version of electronic music maverick Bruce Haack’s 1974 album Captain Entropy. It is set to be released on Aug. 25.
The album is described as “a participation journey for elementary and high-school people — through the soul of spaceship earth — from principles of thermodynamics to folks like the American eagle.”
In addition, the album was entirely produced and performed by Haack as it consists of surrealistic electronica that is inspired by his love of science as well as his diverse musical interests.
As a way to announce the reissue, Shimmy-Disc release Haack’s “Music.” It includes Haack narrating the evolutionary and scientific journey of music over a melodic electronic background. It focuses on the effects it has on the soundwaves of living things and ways music has evolved over a million years. An informative music video was released and it consists of graphics that describe the journey above.
Regarding the song, Haack included its story on the original liner notes.
“An early soul-beat plus electronic ‘strings’ gives a space-capsule insight into where music is really at. Believe it or not, people used to scrape strands of animal tissue with hair from a horse’s tail to make it.”
Bruce Haack was a Canadian musician, composer, inventor, polymath, and electronic music maverick. He was known for his innovative approaches to music, as well as one of the early pioneers of electronic music during the 1960s. He appeared on TV shows like I’ve Got a Secret and The Tonight Show where he would share his musical invention –The Dermatron – a touch/heat sensitive synthesizer using the foreheads of guests. Ahead of his time, Haack would seek commercials and shows in order to promote electronic music to the world, even appearing in the children’s show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood in 1968, reaching a wide range of audiences.
More information on Bruce Haack: Official website