Bruce Haack On Mr Rogers Neighborhood, Blowing Children’s Minds
Every now and then an artist comes along who is ahead of his or her time. As good as this sounds – it is anything but a complement and it seems more like a euphemism for words like eccentric and quirky. Let’s be real, the innovators and hackers out there are far from ordinary people in the first place; and ordinary musician goes out and buys a new synthesizer, while the mad scientist tears old units apart to build his own. We tend to think of digital innovations as only belonging to the last couple of decades, but years before printed circuit boards were mass produced, the same experimental techniques were used on antiquated machines.
Mr. Rogers is not a show you would associate with technology or even digital music – but one of his guests, Bruce Haack was able to produce the type of music that was years ahead of his time. Of course, there was no market and very little interest for the stuff he was doing, it is only now that he is recognized for his creativity and experimental work. The very idea behind gestural controllers can be credited back to guys like this who attempted to make something out of nothing.