Michael Hansen

Composer, producer

Unit 7 Noise is the publisher of musical works by Michael Folmer Hansen a.k.a. folmR and collaborators. Folmer’s Roland SH-2 and MC-202 synths, Boss DR-55 drum machine and fretless Rickenbacker knock-off were stolen in 1984. The items were uninsured and folmR is still seeking revenge, making like Gauguin some thirty years later and dropping his suit for the life of an artist. He won’t be leaving his wife and marrying a 14-year old Tahitian girl (or getting syphilis and becoming famous after his death), but he is having fun and exacting revenge by creating noise and other things.

Owner of the Hong Kong studio Kwun Tong Noise Works from 2014-17 and now Unit Sep(t) Creek in Australia, coproducer of the Phillip Glass Buddha Machine and early supporter of Soundbrenner, The Chromatic Endpin and WORNG Electronics, FolmR’s interest in music goes beyond the desire to make it. folmR is also a life member of Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio.

After more than thirty albums on his own or with collaborators Christiaan Virant (FM3), James Banbury (Blood Wine or Honey, The Auteurs, Infantjoy, dadahack), Antony Ryan (Isan, Mugwood), Emilio Guarino (Hot Wobble), John Lee (Phaedra Studio, Mountain in the Sky) and many others, folmR’s output is equal parts prolific and eclectic. He calls it
Fretless Monophonic Post Krops Jazz – a kind of avant-garde-noisy-jazzy-sometimes-danceable music.

folmR sees music and has collaborated with video artist like Tina Douglas, remi freer, Tanglokto, Shahriar Shadab & Maxim Lewis to create a visualise his music.

“Folmer creates enigmatic, energetic and exaggerated soundscapes and song-noises that are vast in scope, yet intimately personal.” — James Banbury (Blood Wine or Honey, The Auteurs, Infantjoy, dadahack)

“… really feels like I’ve been at the centre of a fusion reaction” – Antony Ryan (Isan, Mugwood)

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