Inspired by the mystery of life. Jack Hertz manipulates sound to create intangible techno-organic impressions between music and noise. Composing and recording music for more than 30 years. Jack is always searching for a sonic middle ground between the real and the artificial. He utilizes machines, instruments, found objects, field recordings, and effects processing to designs sounds, spaces, and atmospheres for deep listening.
Jack is a seasoned improviser who finds all aspects of creating sound fascinating - from the early percussion instruments to the present day hardware and software innovations. By trade, Jack is professional software architect, developer, expert electronic music synthesist (digital and analog), visual artist, and composer having published more than 120 full-length albums of his own work. More on his music is available at JackHertz.com
Jack is an alumni the Middle Tennessee State University, University of Maryland, and Montgomery College where he earned his degree in Computer Science. He is founder of the thematic music label Aural Films that creates soundtrack for the real and imaginary. He is also the Founder of Sound For Good Records, that uses the power of sound for good causes. Planting over 10,000 trees to date with music. Currently he is working to archive all things Electronic Music on the Encyclotronic.com project.
Currently working on a few music related projects focused on soundtrack music (AuralFIlms.com), planting trees with sound (Sound4Good.bandcamp.com), and documenting all things Electronic Music (encyclotronic.com). Through these efforts we planted over 10,000 trees and staged the first San Francisco Fog Music Festival in 2015. Presently planning another Tree Planting project for possibly 1M trees. I also would like to bring back the Fog Music Festival.
What is your inspirational source?
The mystery of life.
What are the most meaningful topics you try to represent in your work?
That sound creates spaces to move around in physically and mentally. It can take us places, tell stories, enlighten, frighten, heal, and even hurt someone physically.
How did you find your own style to create your sound work and how are you looking for your own sound?
Starting out as a percussionist, I was most interested in exploring instruments on their own, and in relationship to other sounds. I purposely chose a more primitive path of learning to make music in isolation, away from popular music influences.
What is your favorite program, plugin and synthesizer to create music?
I have spent the most time working with Frequency Modulation (FM). Starting with the early Yamaha DX series, I have worked with just about every dedicated FM synthesizer ever made.
How do you see future sound technologies and how will they affect your music?
Sound, and derivatives such as music, have really not happened yet. We still have a lot to learn about sound, and even more to be able to fully control it. The advances in composition, spacial, and interactive sound will completely change how we percieve it today.
. What are your future sound projects?
I am currently focused on developing an archive for all things Electronic Music located at https://Encyclotronic.com. As I write this, So much important information is disappearing. We really must document all the history, music, hardware, software, people, companies, films, and technology we can to start to a real foundation for Electronic Music.