Performing has remained an important part of Paul Hoffert's career. He reunited with Lighthouse in 1992, and independently created a number of live performances on telephone and digital networks, for example, the Cyber Soirée (1996), SMART Toronto (1999), and Supercomputing (2001).
On the classical side, Hoffert conducted the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in concert with Lighthouse; directed a Toronto studio orchestra in a recording of Maury Yeston's musical Goya (Col SKX-40680, issued in 1989) with Placido Domingo, Dionne Warwick, and others; conducted the Prague Opera Orchestra in 1996; and collaborated at the piano with Bramwell Tovey in Winnipeg (2000) for Liszt's Second Hungarian Rhapsody.
The most far-reaching of Paul Hoffert's interests has been the field of digital research. Though he started by working at the National Research Council (1969-71), Apple (1977-82), and on various digital music projects throughout the 1980s, it was the advent of the Internet that gave impetus to his work. He founded and directed the CulTech Research Centre at York University (1992-2000). Through this and other initiatives he was among the first to work on broadband user applications; digital licensing (through IVY, 1993-9, one of the first systems for delivery and tracking of digital property on the Internet); music-on-demand portals (Jukeboxx, 1995-2000); multimedia classroom applications; and, more recently, the Digital Music Exchange (DMX), a peer-to-peer service that allows a direct file-sharing community to exist without copyright infringement. Hoffert is a frequent keynote speaker, known for incisive observations on the impact of technology on artistic creation and its dissemination.
Teaching, Publications, Appointments
Paul Hoffert was director of music 1975-7 at the Blue Mountain School of Music, Collingwood, Ont, and in 1976 at George Brown College, Toronto. He is the author of The Hoffert Guide for Synchronizing Music (Toronto 1980) and became an adjunct professor, film composition (later adding film and cultural studies) at York University in 1984, and research professor at Sheridan College. He was a founder and 1981-3 chairman of the Canadian Academy of Cinema and Television (and executive producer of the CTV telecasts of its Gemini Awards in 1985 and 1986) and president 1987-2000 and chairman from 2000 of the Guild of Canadian Film and Television Composers.
Hoffert has held many board positions, serving the Canadian Independent Record Production Association (1970-5); the Canadian Performing Rights Society (1984-90); the Ontario Arts Council (1994-7); and the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada (1998-2003), among others. He was a faculty fellow at the Harvard Law School 2005-7. In 2006, he became CEO of Noank Media, an online distribution community.
Of Paul Hoffert's many awards, notable are his induction into the Canadian Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1995); an Arts Medal from the Ontario Arts Council (1997); and his appointment as Member of the Order of Canada (2004). His score for Outrageous (with his wife, Brenda, lyricist, b Toronto 1944) won at the Canadian Film Awards in 1977. Hoffert's paper archives are kept at York University, while his musical instrument and technology archives are held by the Canada Science and Technology Museum.
Concerto for Contemporary Flute. Flute and orchestra. 1975
Concerto for Contemporary Violin. Violin and orchestra. 1976
Israel. Tenor, choir, harp and percussion. 1978
Spring. String quartet and rock group. 1980
Marat Sade. 1969
Prometheus Bound, with Irene Worth. 1971
Hidden Channel. Opera. 1991
Sweet Summersaults. 1976
Noah. Multimedia and dance. 1995
Film and Television Soundtracks
"Strangers" (with D. Hoffert). 1994
Elvis Airborne (with D. Hoffert). 1994
Theme for Bravo! (with D. Hoffert). 1996
"Freaky Stories" (with D. Hoffert). 1997
Theme for "CityPulse News" (with D. Hoffert). 1997-1998
OCD: The War Inside. 2001
Sunday in the Country. 1974
Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time. 1975
The Third Walker. 1977
The Newcomers. 1978
Shape of Things to Come. 1979
Double Negative. 1980
Circle of Two. 1980
Tales of the Haunted. 1981
A Matter of Cunning. 1983
Blood and Fire: 100 Years of the Salvation Army. 1983
The Last Sailors. 1983
Golden Promise. 1984
Bedroom Eyes (with John Tucker). 1984
Vengeance Is Mine. 1984
Heavenly Bodies. 1985
"The Hitchhiker." 1985-1993
Magic Planet. 1985
Fanny Hill. 1986
Hoover Versus the Kennedys: The 2nd Civil War. 1987
Eddie & the Cruisers II. 1989
Mister Nice Guy. 1990
Music theme for the Family Channel. 1991
Music theme for "Canada AM." 1992-1998
"Hidden Room" (with D. Hoffert). 1993
Suite Feeling. Lighthouse. 1968. RCA Records
Lighthouse. Lighthouse. 1968. RCA Records
One Fine Morning. Lighthouse. 1969. GRT Records
Peacing It all Together. Lighthouse. 1969. RCA Records
One Fine Light. Lighthouse. 1970. RCA Records
Thoughts of Movin' On. Lighthouse. 1970. GRT Records
Live at Carnegie Hall. Lighthouse. 1971. GRT Records
Sunny Days. Lighthouse. 1972. GRT Records
Best of Lighthouse. Lighthouse. 1974. GRT Records
Concerto for Contemporary Violin. Steven Staryk - violin, Hoffert - conductor. 1977
Outrageous. Original cast recording. 1977. Polygram Records
I Lost My Pet Lizard. Lizard People. 1979. Teddy Records
Sunny Days Again. Lighthouse. 1989. Denon Records
Eddie & the Cruisers II (Original Soundtrack). 1989. Sony Records
Goya. Placido Domingo. 1989
Oh What a Feeling. Lighthouse and others. 1996. MCA Records
Song of the Ages. Lighthouse. 1996. Universal Music Group
Aura Borealis. Aura. 1998. Rully Records
Understanding Music in Media (Toronto 1987)
with Peter Roosen-Runge. Inventory of Internet Technologies and Services (Ottawa 1996)
with Peter Roosen-Runge. Internet Technologies Primer (Toronto 1997)
The Bagel Effect: A Compass to Navigate Our Wired World (Toronto 1998)
All Together Now: Connected Communities: How They Will Revolutionize the Way You Live, Work, and Play (Toronto 2000)
The New Client: How Customers Shape Business in the Information Age (Toronto 2002)
Music for New Media: Composing for Videogames, Websites, Presentations, and other Interactive Media (Boston 2007)
"Film and television music," The Jazz Scene, reprinted in Songwriter, Jan 1991
"Information super-hypeway," Computer Information Magazine, Mar 1994
"Reaching consumers on the infoway," Canadian Advertising, Nov 1994
"Designing the info highway to be a road well-travelled," Globe and Mail, 29 Dec 1994
"Jerry Garcia was an enigma wrapped in a riddle," Now Magazine, 17-23 Aug 1995
"Funding artists enriches all of us," Toronto Star, 24 Jun 1996
"The bytes behind the biz," Film Canada, Jun 1988, reprinted in Minds in Motion, Fall 1998
"Block party," Saturday Night, 15 Jul 2000
"Composers get collective bargaining," Playback Magazine, Nov 2003
"Copy rights and wrongs," Copyright and New Media Law Newsletter, Dec 2003
"Rethinking Canadian cultural policies," Blizzart, Vol. 10 No. 2, Winter 2006
Numerous articles in Spotting Notes, Guild of Canadian Film Composers, 1996- .
Author Helen McNamara, Evan Ware
Hutton, Jack. "Cracks song barrier," The Telegram, 21 Apr 1961
Waxman, Ken. 'Paul Hoffert's versatility keeps boredom away,' MSc, 300, Mar-Apr 1978
Flavelle, Dana. "Musician turns high-tech wizard," Toronto Star, 3 Jul 1994
"Paul Hoffert: Really busy guy," The Record, 23 Jan 1995
Everett-Green, Robert. "The always surprising Paul Hoffert," Globe and Mail, 7 Feb 1995
MacMillan, Rick. "Paul Hoffert: Renaissance human," Words & Music, Apr 1998
Shulgan, Christopher. "Nothing Doin'," Ottawa Citizen, 29 Jan 2001
Spotting Notes (Guild of Canadian Film Composers), Autumn 2005. Issue devoted to Hoffert's career
CulTech Research Centre. Video. 1992
Ivy League of Copyright Collectives. Video. 1995
CD-ROMS Online. Video. 4 min. 1996
Intercom Ontario Wired Suburb: Video News Release. Video. 1996
VITAL - Varied and Integrated Teaching and Learning. CDi. 1997
Cyber Soirée: Networked Party. Video. 1997
Networked Jazz, Rock, and Dance. Video. 1999
OnDisC - Online Distributed Content. Video. 2002
And Now... the Music Score. DVD. 2003
And Now... the Soundtrack Business. DVD. 2005
Links to Other Sites
Canadian Music Centre
Search the extensive CMC website for Canadian composer biographies and interviews, music scores, online newsletters, audio clips, podcasts, and more. Check out "CentreStreams" to listen to online archived recordings featuring outstanding Canadian composers.
Maplemusic.com profiles the Canadian Rock group Lighthouse. Also features a discography.
The official website for Paul Hoffert, internationally acclaimed new media composer, musician, author, and administrator.
Paul Hoffert Fonds
This information page for the Paul Hoffert fonds includes a biographical sketch of new media musician Paul Hoffert. From York University.
Watch brief video excerpts of Paul Hoffert talking about e-culture, videos of Lighthouse concerts, and more at the World Summit Award channel on YouTube.
Noank Media Inc.
The website for new media company Noank Media Inc. Includes a brief profile of co-founder Paul Hoffert.
The official site for the popular rock band Lighthouse. In the "Discography," click on the album covers for links to an occassional audio clip of their music.