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|Birth name||Jimmy Hotz|
October 12, 1953 |
|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|
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.
In the music business Jimmy Hotz has worked with Fleetwood Mac, Mick Fleetwood Dave Mason, NSYNC, Mobius 8  B.B. King, Yes (band) Jon Anderson, Haven 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.
In 2011 he released his debut novel, The Gates of Time.
He is noted for his pioneering work with electronic music synthesizer MIDI controller development  / programming and as a technical consultant to Microsoft, Intel, Electronic Arts, Atari, 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", 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.
As an expert in 3D computer graphics, Hotz was the chief visionary behind the 3dMAxMedia "Zuma Project", assembling the team which developed the technology to manipulate 3D imagery in real-time with audio, MIDI and other real-time control devices).
- US Patent No. 5,099,738: "MIDI Musical Translator"
- US Patent No. 5,502,274: "Electronic musical instrument for playing along with prerecorded music and method of operation."
- US Patent No. 5,619,003: "Electronic musical instrument dynamically responding to varying chord and scale input information."
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 and one of CCM's 500 Best Albums Of All Time No. 210. It is also considered one of, if not the best example of "Christian Art Rock" by critics and collectors.
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.
With various artists
|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, & CCM's 500 Best Albums Of All Time No. 210|
|1980||ArkAngel||Warrior||Album||Top 100 Christian Rock Albums of All Time No. 87, & CCM's 500 Best Albums Of All Time No. 106|
|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|
|1981||Ezy Prophet||"Burn it Down"||Single||–|
|1981||Ezy Prophet||"Keep on Tryin'"||Single||–|
|1981||Peristyle||"I'm Out Of Lies"||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||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|
|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.|
|1988||Dan Aykroyd and Kim Basinger||"Did You Ever Have The Feeling"||Single||from My Stepmother is an Alien soundtrack|
|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||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||–|
|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|
|2011||Haven||"Angels of the Earth"||Single||–|
|2012||Haven||"Proud Soldiers - Military Tribute"||Single||Military Tribute - Video Version|
- "THE HOTZ MIDI TRANSLATOR, Atari Team Redefines Electronic Instruments".
- "JIMMY HOTZ'S MIDI MAGIC".
- "Music Creation using the Hotz Translator - Mick Fleetwood".
- "Comparisons Between Fleetwood Mac and Dave Mason History".
- "Making Tracks with MIDI: Mick Fleetwood".
- "Making Tracks With MIDI: Rock Musician Dave Mason".
- "Dave Mason - Two Hearts (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs".
- "Moving To The Beat".
- "Moving To The Beat".
- "Jimmy Hotz's MIDI Magic.".
- "Yes / 1994 Talk Tour - 04 I am Waiting".
- "Atari Hotz Box History - Mick Fleetwood, Jon Anderson, Jimmy Hotz and others - YouTube".
- "Haven - Celebrate".
- "You Rock Guitar and The Hotz MIDI Translator".
- "The Gates Of Time - Book".
- THE HOTZ MIDI TRANSLATOR
- "The Hotz MIDI Translator".
- "News, Notes & Quotes - Atari and Hotz Team Up!".
- JIMMY HOTZ'S MIDI MAGIC
- "Patent for MIDI musical translator".
- "Electronic musical instrument for playing along with prerecorded music".
- "Patent: Electronic musical instrument dynamically responding to varying chord and ..".
- "Computer Graphics World's 2001 Innovation Awards".
- US Patent No. 5,099,738, US Patent & Trademark Office, Patent Full Text and Image Database.
- US Patent No. 5,502,274, US Patent & Trademark Office, Patent Full Text and Image Database.
- US Patent No. 5,619,003, US Patent & Trademark Office, Patent Full Text and Image Database.
- "Top 100 Christian Rock Albums of All Time".
- "CCM's 500 Best Albums Of All Time, 210. Beyond the Crystal Sea – Jimmy Hotz".
- "AngelicWarlord.com - Beyond the Crystal Sea – Jimmy Hotz".
- Raised by Wolves: The Story of Christian Rock & Roll p.140 (Thompson 2000)
- "Top 100 Christian Rock Albums of All Time, No. 98 Beyond the Crystal Sea – Jimmy Hotz".
- "Top 100 Christian Rock Albums of All Time, No. 87 Warrior – ArkAngel".
- "CCM's 500 Best Albums Of All Time, 106. Warrior – Arkangel".
- "Grammy Awards 1988".
- "Grammy Awards 1988".
- "Grammy Award Nomination 1990".