Matrix – Zone 45



Real name:  Daniel Hansson

Handle: Matrix

Country: Sweden

Date of death:  19/08/2007

Ex member of :
Digital Dreams, Eltronic [web], Hostages, Nordic Beat, Zone 45
Functions :
Coder, Musician
Founder of :
Nordic Beat


Passed away after a car accident.
He was co-founder of Elektron Music Machines, the producers of the SIDStation.

You can read more c64 details here:



Aug 28 2007

I’m sad to report that Daniel Hansson, CEO and one of the founders of Elektron, passed away in a car accident August 19. He was best known to the world as the creator of unique and ingeniously-designed instruments like the boutique drum machine / pattern synth Machinedrum, the Monomachine tabletop synth, and the SIDStation (powered by the beloved synth engine in the Commodore 64).More at Music thing, Die Monster, and an ongoing thread at Elektron Users. From that forum, here are some thoughtful words from member Toni:

Sad and shocking news indeed. The only comfort I can think of is that Daniel got to see his dream come alive while he was still living. Elektron made the music machines that emit the feeling of unconditional love for the true musical instruments, rather than be just a passing products for consumer markets. In this sense, SidStation, MD and MnM, were completed and continue to inspire musicians through out the world.

Indeed, condolences to Daniel’s family and friends, and the Elektron team and community.

Information on where to send notes and donations (the World Wildlife Foundation is suggested) at the Elektron site:

Photos of Daniel

Daniel is someone who many in the music community did get to know face to face; I’m sorry I didn’t get that chance. Many more knew him through the instruments he created. Roger Linn sends along a couple of photos of his own (my apologies for incorrectly linking a different Daniel at Elektron via Flickr). Roger writes:

Daniel was a great guy, friendly and fun to talk to, passionate about getting the details right in a product, and a true lover of ideas. It’s a tragic loss to creative musicians everywhere.

Daniel Hansson of Elektron

Daniel, right, wearing the badge. Photo: Roger Linn.

Daniel Hansson

Daniel, center. Photo: Roger Linn.

Daniel Hansson and Monomachine




rest in peace Daniel…flower6

One Comment

Add yours →

  1. Petra von orkosoft January 18, 2018 — 5:02 pm

    Oh man, one more great c64 musician leave this bad world…rest in peace daniel, thanks vor the music and many greetings to edwin van santen, russel lieblich, richard joseph and all the great guys who made my was with great music through my youth


Leave a Reply to Petra von orkosoft Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s