Friday Freak-Out: The Electric Lucifer is a quintessentially strange electronic music/acid rock record released 1970. Composed by Bruce Haack(1931-1988), it's a concept album that employs an array of instrumentation including, Moogs, guitar, voice, and a DIY vocoder to tell an epic story of the battle between heaven and hell. Above is a track from that album. Electric Lucifer Book II followed in 1979 and Haack also recorded Electric Lucifer Book 3 I.F.O. (Identified Flying Object) in rough, demo form, but it never saw an official release. Several years ago, San Francisco ambient DJ Dylan Yanez (aka DF Tram/Sound Capsule) had a chance encounter with Haack's friend and longtime manager Chris Kachulis. After getting to know one another, Kachuulis provided Dylan with access to the demos of Electric Lucifer Book 3 I.F.O., and encouraged him to mix and remix the raw material into his own vision for the final album in the trilogy.
DF Tram has just released this re-interpretation of the unreleased Bruce Haack masterpiece, Electric Lucifer Book III I.F.O., on a very limited-edition CD with original artwork by Smyle. For a taste, check out "When A Man Becomes Electric" in the player above. Dylan has been my favorite DJ for years, seamlessly mixing electronica, jazz, avant-garde, contemporary classical, and pioneering computer music into an immersive flow that's fresh, inspiring, and provocative. Electric Lucifer Book III I.F.O. is $12 on CD from Dylan's site.
Electric Lucifer Book III by Bruce Haack/SoundCapsule (DF Tram Blog)
The Electric Lucifer by Bruce Haack (Amazon)
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