Jimmy Hotz

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Jimmy Hotz
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Background information
Birth name Jimmy Hotz
Born (1953-10-12) October 12, 1953 (age 63)
Sherman, Texas
Genres Art rock, progressive rock, blues, rock, soul, funk, R&B, contemporary Christian music, gospel
Occupation(s) Producer, engineer, inventor, musician, recording engineer, programmer, author, consultant
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, bass guitar, the Hotz Box, the Hotz Translator, SpaceHarp, flute
Years active 1970–present
Labels
Website jimmyhotz.com

Jimmy Hotz (born October 12, 1953)[citation needed] is an American inventor, record producer, recording engineer, electronic music pioneer, audio expert, author and musician.

Background[edit]

Hotz began playing guitar at the age of seven.

He plays a number of instruments such as the guitar, keyboards, flute, drums and his own inventions such as the "Hotz Box" and the "Hotz MIDI Translator". Hotz has done a number of recordings where all of the instruments were played by him using only the Hotz Box as an input device.[1][2][3]

In the music business Jimmy Hotz has worked with Fleetwood Mac,[4] Mick Fleetwood[3][4][5] Dave Mason,[4][6][7] NSYNC,[8] Mobius 8 [9] B.B. King,[10] Yes (band)[11] Jon Anderson,[12] Haven[13] and dozens of other recording artists as either a producer, engineer, mixer, studio musician, or musical instrument designer. Hotz was engineer and did programming on B.B. King's Grammy-nominated King of the Blues: 1989. Hotz was also the engineer on King's Grammy-nominated "Standing on the Edge of Love", for Best Contemporary Blues Recording in 1988 (from The Color of Money soundtrack).

You Rock Guitar featured a video of Jimmy playing their MIDI guitar through the Hotz Midi Translator software.[14]

In 2011 he released his debut novel, The Gates of Time.[15]

Hotz lives and works in Southern California.[citation needed]

Inventions[edit]

He is noted for his pioneering work with electronic music synthesizer MIDI controller development [16] / programming and as a technical consultant to Microsoft, Intel, Electronic Arts, Atari,[17][18] JBL and other concerns for new product development.

He is the inventor of the "Hotz Box", Hotz "MIDI vest" and the "Atari Hotz Box", "Hotz MIDI Translator",[19] computer software which has won interest and acclaim at the annual NAMM show. Performers such as Mick Fleetwood, Jon Anderson, Paul Haslinger, Scott Gershin and others have been using Hotz products in their creative work.[12]

He is the inventor of numerous electronic devices and software innovations and has received three US Patents[20][21][22] in music technology.

As an expert in 3D computer graphics, Hotz was the chief visionary behind the 3dMAxMedia "Zuma Project",[8] assembling the team which developed the technology to manipulate 3D imagery in real-time with audio, MIDI and other real-time control devices).

"Zuma" won a 2001 Innovation award from Computer Graphics World Magazine and was used on the 2001 NSYNC PopOdyssey tour.[23]

Patents[edit]

  • US Patent No. 5,099,738: "MIDI Musical Translator"[24]
  • US Patent No. 5,502,274: "Electronic musical instrument for playing along with prerecorded music and method of operation."[25]
  • US Patent No. 5,619,003: "Electronic musical instrument dynamically responding to varying chord and scale input information."[26]
  • European Patent No. EP 0452347 B1: "Universal Electronic Musical Instrument Controller"[27]

Solo work[edit]

He recorded a solo album, Beyond the Crystal Sea, in the late 70s, which was released in 1980. It is listed as one of the Top 100 Christian Rock Albums of All Time, #98[28] and one of CCM's 500 Best Albums Of All Time No. 210.[29] It is also considered one of, if not the best example of "Christian Art Rock" by critics and collectors.[30][31]

His music project, The Gates of Time, was the first recording in which Hotz' inventions, the Hotz Box along with the Hotz MIDI Translator software, were the primary instruments.

Discography[edit]

With various artists[edit]

Year Artist Recording Type Additional information
1976 Dove "Beyond the Blues" Single
1978 Silent Partner "None the Wiser" Single
1978 Chuck Sugar Master Key Album
1978 Various Artists Dawntreader Album Star Song Communications release. Jimmy Hotz, ArkAngel, John Perez, Mark Christian and others.
1979 Randy Adams Songs From Seven Years Album
1980 Lb. Salt "Didn't I" Single
1980 Jimmy Hotz Beyond the Crystal Sea Album Top 100 Christian Rock Albums of All Time No. 98,[32] & CCM's 500 Best Albums Of All Time No. 210[33]
1980 ArkAngel Warrior Album Top 100 Christian Rock Albums of All Time No. 87,[34] & CCM's 500 Best Albums Of All Time No. 106[35]
1981 Speedy West, Jr. Used Guitars Album
1981 Austin O'Neal "Someone has to Lose" Single
1981 Austin O'Neal "Southern Louisiana Get Down" Single
1981 Giant Killer Valley of Decision Album CCM's 500 Best Albums of All Time No. 265[36]
1981 Giant Killer Whose Side You On ? Album -
1981 Ezy Prophet "Burn it Down" Single
1981 Ezy Prophet "Keep on Tryin'" Single
1981 Maya Z-Rocks Album
1981 Peristyle "I'm Out Of Lies" Single
1981 Peristyle "Childsplay" Single
1982 Alan Spears "Take This Heart" Single
1982 Alan Spears "Hard Times for Lovers" Single
1983 Maya Murder by Love Album
1984 Joe Savage "Out of Control" Single
1984 Lee Marquette "Tease Me" Single
1984 Joe Savage and the Joe Savage Band "Don't Let It Go" Single
1984 Joe Savage and the Joe Savage Band "Life" Single
1984 Billy Lee Riley "Rock 'n' Roll Money" Single
1984 Billy Lee Riley "Old time Rock 'n' Roll" Single
1984 Terry Rose "Southern Comfort" Single
1984 Memphis "Gone But Not Forgotten" Single
1984 Gary McCrary "Texas Tornado" Single
1984 Gary McCrary "Louisiana Purchase" Single
1985 Palomino "Twin Silver Running" Single
1985 Palomino "Photographic Memory" Single
1985 Shock Therapy Shock Therapy Album
1986 B.B. King "Standing on the Edge of Love" Single from The Color of Money soundtrack. 1988 Grammy Nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Recording[37]
1987 Dave Mason Two Hearts Album featuring Steve Winwood and Phoebe Snow
1987 Dave Mason and Phoebe Snow "The Dreams I Dream" Single US AC No. 11
1988 Dave Mason featuring Steve Winwood "Something in the Heart" Single US Mainstream Rock No. 24
1988 Gary Wright Who I Am Album Pre-production
1988 B.B.King King of the Blues: 1989 Album Guest artists included Bonnie Raitt, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Steve Cropper, Tom Scott, Marty Grebb and Jerry Lynn Williams. 1990 Grammy Nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Recording.[38]
1988 Dan Aykroyd and Kim Basinger "Did You Ever Have The Feeling" Single from My Stepmother is an Alien soundtrack
1990 Haven "Proud Soldiers" Single
1990 Raymond Louis Kennedy "Can You Tell Me Who the Heroes Are" Single
1990 Raymond Louis Kennedy "Sing for the Children" Single
1990 Fleetwood Mac Behind the Mask Album No. 18 US, No. 1 UK, Certifications Gold US, Platinum UK
1991 Haven "Hold On" Single
1991 Shock Therapy Hate Is a 4-Letter Word Album
1991 Terry Reid Fifth of July "Cindy" Vinyl, 12"
1995 Fleetwood Mac Time Album No. 47 UK
1999 Dave Mason featuring Steve Winwood Ultimate Collection Album
2000 Haven Haven Album
2001 Haven The Road Album
2007 Jimmy Hotz The Gates of Time EP
2007 Jimmy Hotz "Long Long Ago" Single
2007 Jimmy Hotz "The Gates of Time" Single
2010 Haven "Proud Soldiers" Single Video Version
2010 Haven "All I Ever Need" Single Video Version
2010 Haven "Celebrate" Single
2010 Haven "Superstar" Single
2011 Haven "Angels of the Earth" Single
2012 Haven "Proud Soldiers - Military Tribute" Single Military Tribute - Video Version

References[edit]

  1. ^ "THE HOTZ MIDI TRANSLATOR, Atari Team Redefines Electronic Instruments". 
  2. ^ "JIMMY HOTZ'S MIDI MAGIC". 
  3. ^ a b "Music Creation using the Hotz Translator - Mick Fleetwood". 
  4. ^ a b c "Comparisons Between Fleetwood Mac and Dave Mason History". 
  5. ^ "Making Tracks with MIDI: Mick Fleetwood". 
  6. ^ "Making Tracks With MIDI: Rock Musician Dave Mason". 
  7. ^ "Dave Mason - Two Hearts (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". 
  8. ^ a b "Moving To The Beat". 
  9. ^ "Moving To The Beat". 
  10. ^ "Jimmy Hotz's MIDI Magic.". 
  11. ^ "Yes / 1994 Talk Tour - 04 I am Waiting". 
  12. ^ a b "Atari Hotz Box History - Mick Fleetwood, Jon Anderson, Jimmy Hotz and others - YouTube". 
  13. ^ "Haven - Celebrate". 
  14. ^ "You Rock Guitar and The Hotz MIDI Translator". 
  15. ^ "The Gates Of Time - Book". 
  16. ^ THE HOTZ MIDI TRANSLATOR
  17. ^ "The Hotz MIDI Translator". 
  18. ^ "News, Notes & Quotes - Atari and Hotz Team Up!". 
  19. ^ JIMMY HOTZ'S MIDI MAGIC
  20. ^ "Patent for MIDI musical translator". 
  21. ^ "Electronic musical instrument for playing along with prerecorded music". 
  22. ^ "Patent: Electronic musical instrument dynamically responding to varying chord and ..". 
  23. ^ "Computer Graphics World's 2001 Innovation Awards". 
  24. ^ US Patent No. 5,099,738, US Patent & Trademark Office, Patent Full Text and Image Database.
  25. ^ US Patent No. 5,502,274, US Patent & Trademark Office, Patent Full Text and Image Database.
  26. ^ US Patent No. 5,619,003, US Patent & Trademark Office, Patent Full Text and Image Database.
  27. ^ European Patent No. EP 0452347 B1, Google Patents
  28. ^ "Top 100 Christian Rock Albums of All Time". 
  29. ^ "CCM's 500 Best Albums Of All Time, 210. Beyond the Crystal Sea – Jimmy Hotz". 
  30. ^ "AngelicWarlord.com - Beyond the Crystal Sea – Jimmy Hotz". 
  31. ^ Raised by Wolves: The Story of Christian Rock & Roll p.140 (Thompson 2000)
  32. ^ "Top 100 Christian Rock Albums of All Time, No. 98 Beyond the Crystal Sea – Jimmy Hotz". 
  33. ^ "CCM's 500 Best Albums Of All Time, 210. Beyond the Crystal Sea – Jimmy Hotz". 
  34. ^ "Top 100 Christian Rock Albums of All Time, No. 87 Warrior – ArkAngel". 
  35. ^ "CCM's 500 Best Albums Of All Time, 106. Warrior – Arkangel". 
  36. ^ "Grammy Awards 1988". 
  37. ^ "Grammy Awards 1988". 
  38. ^ "Grammy Award Nomination 1990". 

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