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Michael Hoffmann - Snowy Tracks

Michael Hoffmann – “Snowy Tracks” 2021

“Snowy Tracks” is release number seven of my work collection.
all tracks are based on live electronic improvisations.
some tracks have been carefully refined with a few overdubs.
this music is made for your inner head cinema, a dark beauty in a white costume.
best listening experience with good headphones, closed eyes and open mind.
enjoy your trip ūüôā

we dispense on mono compatibility – best listening with good stereo headphones!

Michael Hoffmann – “Snowy Tracks”

released September 26, 2021

all instruments, live-electronics & sound design by Michael Hoffmann
all music produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Michael Hoffmann
cover design by Michael Hoffmann
postcard image by unknown author, public-domain-mark-1.0 licence, archive.org
special thanks to ‚ÄúHessische Kulturstiftung‚ÄĚ for supporting this project

© 2021 by Michael Hoffmann

Buy this Digital Album for ‚ā¨ 7,- or more
high-quality download (*flac, *mp3, *wav) at bandcamp.com

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Michael Hoffmann - VI

Michael Hoffmann – “VI” 2020

this is album number “VI”
… all tracks are pure improvisations on drums,
percussion and live-electronics
… individually or in combination
… between Free Jazz and DarkAmbient

we dispense on mono compatibility – best listening with good stereo headphones!

Michael Hoffmann – “VI”

released 30-October-2020

all instruments, live-electronics and sound-design by Michael Hoffmann
all music produced by Michael Hoffmann
all tracks are pure improvisations,
* except ‚ÄúFuzzy Peaks‚ÄĚ includes additional arranged drums & percussion overdubs
recording, mixing and mastering by Michael Hoffmann
cover art & design by Michael Hoffmann

special thanks to ‚ÄěHessische Kulturstiftung‚Äú for supporting this project

© 2020 by Michael Hoffmann

Buy this Digital Album for ‚ā¨ 7,- or more
high-quality download (*flac, *mp3, *wav) at bandcamp.com

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Michael Hoffmann – “Improvisations” 2013 – 2020

we dispense on mono compatibility – best listening with good stereo headphones!

all tracks recorded, mixed & mastered by Michael Hoffmann
produced by Michael Hoffmann
all music © by Michael Hoffmann


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Michael Hoffmann – “V” 2012

[… zweieinhalb jahre nach “nebulous” kehrt michael hoffmann mit einem neuen album zur√ľck zu tonAtom. mit schlagwerk und field-recordings legt er die grundlage f√ľr seine klangwelten aus bearbeiteten samples und loops. zwischen experiment, elektronik und jazz-elementen changieren seine arbeiten, zwischen wiedererkennbarem und ungeh√∂rtem bewegen sich die kl√§nge. audiophil und innovativ zugleich nimmt er den aufmerksamen h√∂rer mit auf “f√ľnf” expeditionen in raum und klang. …]
matthias reinwarth, tonAton.net

[… two and a half years after “nebulous” michael hoffmann is back at tonAtom. drums, percussion and field recordings lay the foundation for his soundscapes made of processed samples and loops. his works vary between experiment, electronics and jazz elements, his sounds see-saw between the recognisable and the yet unheard. being both audiophile and innovative he invites his mindful audience to accompany him on “five” expeditions through space and sound. …]
matthias reinwarth, tonAton.net

we dispense on mono compatibility – best listening with good stereo headphones!

Michael Hoffmann – “V” [tonAtom.125]
released 06-December-2012
published by tonAtom.net

all Instruments, Programmings, Loop-Processing, Live-Sampling & Sound-Design by Michael Hoffmann
recorded & mixed by Michael Hoffmann
mastered by Xenoton
produced by Michael Hoffmann
all music © by Michael Hoffmann

artwork & photography: Laura Marie Reinwarth
coordination by Matthias Reinwarth

“The Monolith”: Homage to “2001 – A Space Odyssey”
“Two Shots At Dawn”: Homage to Heinrich von Kleist & Henriette Vogel

www.tonatom.net


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Michael Hoffmann – “MIND TRIPS” 2010

[… Monotony is being underestimated. Mostly equated with boredom and uniformity, you usually rather try to avoid than to seek it. But if you expose yourself to it in various contexts, you might discover rhythmic and enlightening sides to it, until in the end you might even associate it with autonomy. As a drummer, Michael Hoffmann knows all about the rhythmic powers of monotony. As an ambient musician, he also knows a fair lot about its enlightening qualities. On his second e.p. on iD.EOLOGY he therefore contrasts the
oppressive, mechanical tedium of an industrial assembly-line with the organic solitude of primeval landscapes. Time slows down in the eternal darkness of a maritime abyss, the self is being reflected on the horizon by the shimmering heat of the barren outback, the tundra’s relentless iciness freezes the body’s shell, insulating the soul hermetically. While the focus shifts from outside to inside, the spirit starts to vibrate, a gate to the centre of a universe behind the forehead springs open. A universe that follows only those rules and contains only that which you have created yourself. Autonomously. …]
volker tripp, ideology.de

[… Monotonie wird untersch√§tzt. Meist mit Langeweile und Einf√∂rmigkeit gleichgesetzt, gilt es f√ľr gew√∂hnlich eher, sie zu vermeiden als sie zu suchen. Doch wer sich ihr in unterschiedlichen Kontexten stellt, der mag ihr rhythmische und vielleicht sogar erhellende Seiten abgewinnen und assoziiert sie schlie√ülich sogar eher mit Autonomie. Als Drummer wei√ü Michael Hoffmann um die rhythmische Kraft der Monotonie. Als Ambient-Musiker wei√ü er aber ebenfalls einiges √ľber ihre erhellenden Qualit√§ten. Und so kontrastiert er auf seiner zweiten EP auf iD.EOLOGY die erdr√ľckende mechanische Eint√∂nigkeit industrieller Fertigungsstra√üen mit der organischen Ein√∂de urzeitlicher Landschaften. In der ewigen Finsternis eines maritimen Abgrunds verlangsamt sich die Zeit, das Selbst spiegelt sich am Horizont in der flirrenden Hitze des kargen Outback, die gnadenlose K√§lte der Tundra gefriert die K√∂rperh√ľlle und schirmt die Seele
hermetisch ab. W√§hrend der Fokus von au√üen nach innen wandert, ger√§t der Geist in Schwingung, √∂ffnet sich das Tor zum Zentrum eines Universums hinter der Stirn. Ein Universum, in dem nur das gilt und nur das existiert, was man selbst geschaffen hat. Ganz autonom. …]
volker tripp, ideology.de

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Michael Hoffmann – “MIND TRIPS” [iD.059]
released 04-August-2010
published by iDeology.de
All Tracks composed, recorded, mixed & produced by Michael Hoffmann
All instruments, live-sampling and sound-design by Michael Hoffmann
recorded & mixed by Michael Hoffmann
mastered by Daniel “Sudio” Chamrad
Artwork by Monsieur J..

review:
Der Schlagzeuger Michael Hoffmann zeigt mit diesem Ambient-Album, was ein gef√ľhlvoller Drummer jenseits donnernder Beats und virtuoser Soli mit percussiven Instrumenten und Sample- und Looptechniken anstellen kann. Hoffmann ist in der Netlabel-Szene kein Unbekannter, einige √§hnlich gelagerte Werke sind von ihm im Umlauf. Diesmal sind es f√ľnf Tracks, die insgesamt 58:45 lang sind. Jeweils um einen Zentralrhythmus gelagerte Improvisationen und Soundmarkierungen begleiten und erg√§nzen den Beat. Es gibt keine gewaltigen Ausbr√ľche, keine dramatischen Exkursionen, alles bleibt verhalten, im Ungewissen, Geheimnisvollen. Oft wird der Echoeffekt eingesetzt, dem Sound kann man eine gewisse D√ľsterheit nicht absprechen. Das ist ein Album,
dem man mehrere Chancen geben sollte. Mit einem Mal H√∂ren ist es nicht getan und vorteilhaft f√ľr das Verst√§ndnis dieser Musik w√§re ein gewisses Gef√ľhl f√ľr monotone Strukturen. Hier wird mit feinem Pinsel gearbeitet, deshalb erfordern die St√ľcke Aufmerksamkeit. Im l√§ngsten St√ľck, Tunguska (18:40), √∂ffnet Hoffmann den Horizont etwas und produziert beinahe so etwas wie ein herk√∂mmliches Schlagzeugsolo plus r√ľckw√§rts eingespielten Soundrhythmus und anderen Effekten. Mind Trips ist wie ein Abenteuer ohne Risiko. Man sollte sich dieses Abenteuer g√∂nnen!
djeyran.de

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Michael Hoffmann – “NEBULOUS” 2010

[… michael hoffmann does not need to be introduced to the netaudio world. several netlabels have seen him publishing excellent releases in various constellations and styles. this time he presents his experimental side as a solo artist on tonAtom: the acoustic drumkit is the starting point (in terms of both composition and sound) for five aural journeys between live sampling, loop processing and highly sophisticated studio work. he shows us his sounds en detail through the magnifying glass and through the scanning microscope;
and lets them vanish into the fogs of the atmospheres he has created. let’s accompany michael hoffmann on his journey into the extraordinary sound world he created for us using his drums and his electronics. …]
matthias reinwarth, tonAton.net

[… michael hoffmann muss man in der netaudio-welt nicht weiter vorstellen. in diversen konstellationen und stilen hat er auf verschiedenen netlabels exzellente releases ver√∂ffentlicht. auf tonAtom zeigt er nun im alleingang seine experimentelle seite: das akustische schlagzeug ist der kompositorische und klangliche ausgangspunkt f√ľr f√ľnf h√∂rreisen zwischen live-sampling, loop-processing und filigranster studioarbeit. er zeigt uns seine kl√§nge en detail unter der lupe und im rastermikroskop, nur um sie gleich wieder im nebel seiner atmosph√§ren entschwinden zu lassen. begleiten wir michael hoffmann auf seiner reise in die au√üergw√∂hnlichen klangwelten, die er mit seiner kombination aus schlagzeug und elektronik f√ľr uns erschaffen hat. …]
matthias reinwarth, tonAton.net

we dispense on mono compatibility – best listening with good stereo headphones!

Michael Hoffmann – “NEBULOUS” [tonAtom.107]
released 26-March-2010
published by tonAtom.net

all Music, Instruments, Programming, Live-Sampling & Sound-Design by Michael Hoffmann
recorded & mixed by Michael Hoffmann
mastered by KLINGT / SoundDesign & AudioArt
produced by Michael Hoffmann
all music © by Michael Hoffmann
cover design by Alexander “aljen” Jensko
photography by Michael Hoffmann
coordination by Matthias Reinwarth

www.tonatom.net


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review:
Auf diesem rund 45min Album des Schlagzeugers Michael Hoffmann geht es experimentell und artifiziell zu. √úbereinander gelagerte Soundspuren, sparsam in der Lautst√§rke und im Grenzbereich musikalischer √Ąu√üerung angesiedelt, erfinden eine von Echos durchdrungene Landschaft, die jeder beim H√∂ren f√ľr sich selbst entdecken wird. Die Kombination Schlagzeug und elektronische Effekte ergibt hier eine, wie ich finde, gelungene Symbiose, was dem Einfallsreichtum Hoffmanns zu verdanken ist. Er scheint genau √ľber dieses Quentchen Gesp√ľr zu verf√ľgen, um derartige Musikkonstrukte in der “richtigen” Dosis anzubieten. Er protzt nicht, sondern geht behutsam und auf Feinheiten bedacht vor.
djeyran.de

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Michael Hoffmann – “LUMINOUS” 2008

[… If you can trust Brian Eno, then ambient has the capacity to put the listener into a different, not necessarily existent environment just by the use of sound, and to acoustically confront him with new sensations of space. Even though carrying on with this tradition, Michael Hoffmann breaks some more modern ground soundwise on his first solo-ep on iD.EOLOGY. Minimalist is how he goes about when bit by bit, the penumbral monstrous steel-construction of an abandoned industrial ruin appears in the mechanical monotony of resonating feedback-loops and stolid muffled beats. Debris of clanging metal and crumbly noise cover the ground, the walls of the corroded workshop answer each step with a multiple echo. Very slowly a harmonic crescendo illuminates the room, bathing it in the sunny glow of warm, comforting pads and touching it with the soft summer breeze of glittering arpeggios. What you are normally likely to encounter during an arts-performance, is what this ep achieves solely by means of sound. So creating and changing environments, generating and conveying new sensations of space is possible in a different way. But who would ever have doubted that you can trust Brian Eno. …]
Volker Tripp, iD.eology

[… Wenn man Brian Eno Glauben schenken darf, dann erm√∂glicht es Ambient, den H√∂rer allein durch Kl√§nge in eine andere, nicht notwendigerweise tats√§chlich existente Umgebung zu versetzen und ihn akustisch mit einem
neuen Raumgef√ľhl zu konfrontieren. Ganz in dieser Tradition verhaftet, beschreitet Michael Hoffmann auf seiner ersten Solo-EP auf iD.EOLOGY soundtechnisch dennoch modernere Pfade. Minimalistisch geht es zu, wenn in der mechanischen Monotonie resonierender Feedbackschleifen und schwerf√§lliger Mumpfbeats St√ľck f√ľr St√ľck die monstr√∂se Stahlkonstruktion einer verlassenen Industrieruine im Halbdunkel erscheint. Tr√ľmmerteile aus metallischem Schnarren und kr√ľmeligem Noise bedecken den Boden, die W√§nde der verrosteten Werkshalle beantworten jeden Schritt mit einem vielfachen Echo. Ganz langsam l√§√üt ein harmonisches Crescendo den Raum erstrahlen, taucht ihn in das sonnige Leuchten wohlig w√§rmender Fl√§chen und durchweht ihn mit der sp√§tsommerlichen Brise glitzernder Arpeggios. Was man sonst eher auf einer Kunstperformance erlebt, das erledigt diese EP auf rein akustischem Weg. Umgebungen zu erschaffen und zu ver√§ndern, neue r√§umliche Eindr√ľcke zu erzeugen und zu vermitteln geht also tats√§chlich auch anders. Aber wer h√§tte je daran gezweifelt, dass man Brian Eno Glauben schenken darf. …]
Volker Tripp, iD.eology

we dispense on mono compatibility – best listening with good stereo headphones!

Michael Hoffmann – “LUMINOUS” [iD.049]
released 21-August-2008
published by iDeology
all Music, Drums, Keys, Percussion, Programming, Sampling & Sound-Design by Michael Hoffmann
recorded & mixed by Michael Hoffmann
mastered by Sudio
produced by Michael Hoffmann
all music © by Michael Hoffmann
cover design by Michael Hoffmann


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Michael Hoffmann – “FROST” 2007

FROST, is slowly covering. Laughing about that “summer”. The fall seems to become a myth of another worlds history. Magnetic fields are moving. Seasons are fusioning. We feel that. After “Ceci N’est Pas Beaux Art” (LEGO203; a modern band project) we present you music from a band-player. Michael Hoffmann who usually acts as drummer, “the Metronoman” in several bands and projects. After his last collaboration with Philipp Weigl (Autoplate; APL048) Michael transports his knowledge and experiences from all his jams and studio works as a drummer and producer into a solo “LP” for the first time. The result is a sound-universe conditioned by the dynamics between icy pads, cryptic vocal and field-recording-fragments on the one hand and jazzy keys, funky pitched synths, strings and guitars floating above complex beat structures on the other. Enough words‚Ķ Tune in if your heart is still beating!
LEGOEGO

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Michael Hoffmann – “FROST” [EGO204]
released 21-September-2007 @ LEGOEGO
Drums, Keys, Percussion, Vox, Programming, Sampling & Sound-Design by Michael Hoffmann
recorded & mixed by Michael Hoffmann
produced by Michael Hoffmann
all music © by Michael Hoffmann
cover design by Michael Hoffmann


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frost_review_beat-02-2008

Review aus “MP3-Tipps des Monats”, BEAT-Magazin 02/2008
Thomas L. Raukamp (Chefredakteur)

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Michael Hoffmann – “RUFF-STUFF-Edition” 2009

RUFF-STUFF Edition ist eine Dokumentation √ľber Live-Sampling Experimente, die im Jahr 2009 √ľber einem Zeitraum von 8 Monaten entstanden. Alle Tracks entstanden rein improvisatorisch, vereinzelt wurden sie durch vorsichtige Erg√§nzungen (add. Instuments, Efx, Mixing) veredelt.

RUFF-STUFF Edition is a documentation of live-sampling experiments, which I produced in 2009 on a period of 8 months. All tracks are pure improvisations by using live-sampling work and were occasionally grafted by carefully additions (add. Instuments, Efx, mixing).

RS-31-1009

RS-30-1009

RS-29-1009

RS-28-1009

RS-27-1009

RS-26-1009

RS-25-1009

RS-24-1009

RS-23-1009

RS-22-1009

RS-21-1009

RS-20-1009

RS-19-1009

RS-18-1009

RS-17-1009

RS-16-1009

RS-15-1009

RS-14-1009

RS-13-1009

RS-12-1009

RS-11-1009

RS-10-1009

RS-09-1009

RS-08-1009

RS-07-1009

RS-06-1009

RS-05-1009

RS-04-1009

RS-03-1009

RS-02-1009

RS-01-1009

we dispense on mono compatibility – best listening with good stereo headphones!

RS-31-1209 – “Live-Sampling, Drums, Efx”
RS-30-1209 – “Live-Sampling, Drums, Percussion, Voice, Efx”
RS-29-1209 – “Live-Sampling, Drums, Percussion, Efx”
RS-28-1209 – “Live-Sampling, Drums, Synth, Voice, Efx”
RS-27-1009 – “Live-Sampling, Drums, Efx”
RS-26-1009 – “Live-Sampling, Drums, Percussion, Efx”
RS-25-0709 – “Live-Sampling, Drums, Efx”
RS-24-0709 – “Live-Sampling, Drums, Voice, Efx”
RS-23-0709 – “Live-Sampling, Drums, Efx”
RS-22-0709 – “Live-Sampling, Drums, Voice, Efx”
RS-21-0609 – “Live-Sampling, Voice, Synth, Efx”
RS-20-0609 – “Live-Sampling, Drums, Voice, Efx”
RS-19-0609 – “Live-Sampling, Drums, Efx”
RS-18-0509 – “Live-Sampling, Drums, Percussion, Voice, Efx”
RS-17-0509 – “Live-Sampling, Synth, Efx”
RS-16-0509 – “Live-Sampling, Drums, Synth, Voice, Efx”
RS-15-0509 – “Live-Sampling, Drums, Efx”
RS-14-0509 – “Live-Sampling, Drums, Efx”
RS-13-0509 – “Live-Sampling, Samples, Efx”
RS-12-0309 – “Live-Sampling, Drums, Synth, Efx”
RS-11-0309 – “Live-Sampling, Drums, Percussion, Voice, Efx”
RS-10-0309 – “Live-Sampling, Drums, Efx”
RS-09-0209 – “Live-Sampling, Drums, Synth, Efx, *Voice”
RS-08-0209 – “Live-Sampling, Drums, Synth, Voice, Efx”
RS-07-0209 – “Live-Sampling, Synth, Samples, Efx”
RS-06-0109 – “Live-Sampling, Synth, Samples, Efx”
RS-05-0109 – “Live-Sampling, Drums, Efx”
RS-04-0109 – “Live-Sampling, Drums, Perc, Voice, Efx”
RS-03-0109 – “Live-Sampling, Drums, Voice, Efx”
RS-02-0109 – “Live-Sampling, Synth, Voice, Efx”
RS-01-0109 – “Live-Sampling, Drums, Voice, Efx”

*RS-09-0209 “Section 29 – Muscles of the Mouth” of “Anatomy of the Human Body” by Henry Gray, read by Morgan Scorpion www.librivox.org

Acoustic Gear: Drums, Cymbals, Percussion, Steel Hoops, Custom Noisemakers, Voice, …
Electronic Gear: Cantabile 1.2 VST-Host, LoopyLama, TB Yoink, Classic Reverb, Classic Auto-Filter, arcDev.ET-200 delay, RoomMachine844, KarmaFX Reverb, epicVerb, KarmaFX Deelay, NI-Battery 3, Cakewalk SONAR 6 Producer, Ableton LIVE Intro 8, …

all Instruments, Vox, Programming, Sampling & Sound-Design by Michael Hoffmann
recorded, mixed & mastered by Michael Hoffmann
produced by Michael Hoffmann
all music © by Michael Hoffmann

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Michael Hoffmann – ReMixes 2006 – 2013

1. Maciek Szymczuk – Cumulonimbus Capillatus Remix
. original music by Maciek Szymczuk from the Album CLOUDS
. © 2012 by Maciek Szymczuk
. released 2013 on “Maciek Szymczuk – Rare Species Vol 1” at Zoharum Records
. remixed 2013 by Michael Hoffmann
. additional percussion, synth, live-sampling & sound-design by Michael Hoffmann

2. Elvira Plenar – Remix #1
. original music by Elvira Plenar from the Album Klavier Improvisationen
. © 1995/1996 by E.Plenar
. released 2002 at amphion records
. remixed 2011 by Michael Hoffmann
. additional drums, synth & sound-design by Michael Hoffmann

3. Elvira Plenar – Remix #2
. original music by Elvira Plenar from the Album Klavier Improvisationen
. © 1995/1996 by E.Plenar
. released 2002 at amphion records
. remixed 2011 by Michael Hoffmann
. additional sound-design by Michael Hoffmann

4. Elvira Plenar – Remix #3
. original music by from the Album Klavier Improvisationen
. © 1995/1996 by E.Plenar
. released 2002 at amphion records
. original music by Elvira Plenar & Karin Ernst from the Album sonus@anima
. © 2006 by E.Plenar & K.Ernst
. released 2006 at UNIT-RECORDS
. remixed 2011 by Michael Hoffmann
. additional drums, synth & sound-design by Michael Hoffmann

5. SONUS@ANIMA – Remix #1
. original music by Elvira Plenar & Karin Ernst from the Album sonus@anima
. © 2006 by E.Plenar & K.Ernst
. released 2006 at UNIT-RECORDS
. remixed 2009 by Michael Hoffmann
. additional drums by Michael Hoffmann

6. SONUS@ANIMA – Remix #2
. original music by Elvira Plenar & Karin Ernst from the Album sonus@anima
. © 2006 by E.Plenar &; K.Ernst
. released 2006 at UNIT-RECORDS
. remixed 2009 by Michael Hoffmann
. additional drums, voice & sound-design by Michael Hoffmann

7. Nils-Petter Molvaer DARKER – Remix
. original music by Nils Petter Molvaer from the Album ER
. © 2005 by Nils Petter Molvaer
. released 2005 at SULA-RECORDS
. remixed 2006 by Michael Hoffmann for JAZZECHO-Remix-Contest-2006
. additional drums, synth & programmings by Michael Hoffmann

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