January 31st, 2004

operesque

Lucy in the sky with Freehand



Delaware have made a Flash piece containing their lovely new song Graphic Designing in the Rain for the Shift site. It sounds like a miniature peppery Beatles cover by Bruce Haack. There are too many love songs in the world and too few work songs, it seems to me. This is a work song full of love for work.

Speaking of the late great children's avant gardist, there's a new documentary about Bruce Haack doing the rounds of the film festivals: Haack: The King Of Techno. I hope it's better than the title, which I can only assume Beck suggested as a joke and the producers kept in the hope that legions of Moby fans would cram the aisles. Haack may be responsible for a lot of things (Cute Formalism, Fake Folk, Electronic Gebrauchsmusik) but Techno isn't one of them.



There's an accompanying Haack tribute album due which features some big names:

Beck...................................................Funky Lil' Song
Money Mark.......................................Spiders
Eels....................................................Jelly Dancers
Stereolab............................................Mudra
Tipsy..................................................Popcorn Time
Cornelius /Takako Minekawa.......... Sing A Song
Fantastic Plastic Machine....................I'm Bruce (Dimension 5 Mega Mix)
Anubian Lights...................................Walking Eagle
Danielson Famile................................Nothing To Do
Sweet Robots Against The Machine.....Together
Dj Me Dj You......................................Soul Transportation
Brother Cleve......................................Robot Music

I seem to remember someone mentioning it to me a couple of years ago.

Although I'm curious to hear it, the album strikes me as a kind of museum of 90s cool. It turns Haack's genuine strangeness into a sort of orthodoxy of hipness (and these people are not even so hip any more, bitch bitch). If you listen to the Beck track you just think, 'Well, why bother?' Beck had already ripped off Haack's sound so much (and nothing wrong with that) that he makes the Haack original sound like a Beck cover by an impersonator with a worse voice.

There are two new Daily Photos on iMomus. A billboard of billboards, snapped at Jannowitzbrucke U-bahn station, and a white gallery with some postcards in it, snapped on the Ackerstrasse in Berlin Mitte last night.

"I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking. Recording the man shaving at the window opposite and the woman in the kimono washing her hair. Some day, all this will have to be developed, carefully printed, fixed." (Christopher Isherwood, Goodbye to Berlin, 1939).