Dimension Mix: Various Artists

Album Title: Dimension Mix: A Tribute to Dimension 5 Records
Release Date: September 13, 2005
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Genre: Electronic
Growing up in Alberta, Canada Bruce Haack an inventive electronic wizard and legendary composer/songwriter takes an important step in electronic music and became one of its founding masters. The 1950's and 1960's saw him continuously experimenting with electronic sounds to teaming up with children's dance teacher and lyricist Ester Nelson to form Dimension 5 Records. Together they would record over 10 children's records, taking kids on a journey through fairy tales and academic education using electronic arcade-style soundscapes. With this musical inventiveness Haack and Nelson got rave reviews from the popular media and guest starred on Mr. Rogers' Neighbourhood. Since Haack's death in 1988 Dimension 5 has had little commercial success, but can still be found in classrooms and public libraries across North America.

Southern California producer Ross Harris and Eenie Meenie Records have since compiled a list of Dimension 5 Recordings performed by today's recording artists. Dimension Mix: A Tribute to Dimension 5 Records includes artists such as Beck, Stereolab, The Apples in Stereo and Eels to help round out a list of 18 reworked tracks.

Each song infuses a wide gamut of styles and instrumentation while keeping Haack's original inventive flare. Full of electronic bleeps, samples, drum breaks, synthesizers and all around electronic imagination, Dimension Mix helps to capture the excitement that Dimension 5 put into their music. I can't help but feel I've learned something while listening to the many educational teachings infused throughout this album, from spiders and catfish to popcorn and rain, it's got it all.

Keeping to Haack's devotion to aid children, Eenie Meenie Records is donating a portion of all proceeds from sales to the Cure Autism Now Foundation.

Writer: Paul Whitfield


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