Russell Hoffman began experimenting with electronic music in junior high school in the 1980s, where his SN94281-based “Sound Synthesizer” project won Grand Champion at the county science fair. Early forays into recorded works began with a secondhand Korg Poly-800 synthesizer and a tabletop cassette tape recorder.
Russell studied Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, with a secondary concentration in music theory/composition. Presently, he is the sole proprietor of Evaton Technologies, a Pittsburgh-based embedded systems engineering contract design firm which caters to many different industries, including home automation, industrial automation, automotive, motorsports, and, of course, electronic music.
In 2014, Hoffman began designing his own electronic music instruments and accessories and selling them under the Evaton Technologies brand name, including several synthesizer modules for the Eurorack and 5U modular synthesizer formats. The most popular so far, the RF Nomad, is a voltage-controlled shortwave radio receiver, available in both Eurorack and 5U formats.
2017 brings the µCVC module, a Eurorack-sized version of the Haken Audio CVC, developed jointly with Lippold Haken. Hoffman will be presenting the µCVC at this year’s ContinuuCon.
Having discovered the Haken Continuum Fingerboard during a trip to NAMM several years ago, Russell now occasionally plays live sets with friends at small venues as part of Pittsburgh’s vibrant experimental music scene. He combines the Continuum, modular synthesizer, electric violin, and other homebrew electronics to create unique musical experiences. But his favorite musical activity is simply jamming with friends.