Michel Waisvisz was known for his highly physical, sensitive
and ecstatic electronic music performance using The Hands
(a gestural sensor instrument) he developed at the STEIM
foundation in Amsterdam. Waisvisz has since the late sixties
developed whole new ways to achieve a physical touch with
electronic music instruments; sometimes literally touching
the electricity inside the instruments and thereby becoming
a thinking component of the machine. He was one of the first
to use synthesizers on stage and the first to develop and
perform with what is now called gestural controllers. He
also is the inventor of the CrackleBox and The Web and many
other instruments based on touch interaction.
the solo performances he also has collaborated with a great
variety of musicians/composers: Laurie Anderson, Steve Lacy,
DJ Spooky, Najib Cheradi, The Nieuw Ensemble, Willem Breuker,
The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Maarten Altena, etc.
Waisvisz has been the co-founder of electrical sound festivals
The so called Touch exhibitions, with electronic
music instruments that can be played by the visitors, has
travelled through Europe.
He lead the STEIM foundation
in Amsterdam where performance artists from music, theater,
dance and new media art, and DJ"s and VJ"s, work to develop
their personal electronic instruments.
Waisvisz was the
founder of "Physical philosophy;" a science where axioms
are replaced by physical objects.
Waisvisz has made works
and performances in a variety of musical scenes, he has
started as an independent "student" and worked in the avant
garde of new music as well as in more popular venues; he
is a dedicated "technomad".
Michel Waisvisz participated in the Test_Lab: Audio Objects on October 18, 2007.