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The greatest inspiration ever: Michel Waisvisz – The Hands

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I really felt in love with The Hands when I had one of those rare opportunities to see Michel Waisvisz performing live at Sony CSL, Paris. It was at an open house event in 2004 or 2005 and I was there by invitation of Francois Pachet. The performance of Michel in the late afternoon was sounding very close to another performance you can find at the STEIM media archive.

I had seen and heard a lot of laptop, computer music, gesture controlled, sample-based, whatever kind of electroacoustic and beyond music … BUT this was the first one and it remained the most remarkable one touching me really deep inside by an incredible beauty and organic way in which Michel was interacting with the sounds by using The Hands. What a pity that Michel has gone and we wont have the opportunity to enjoy his great stuff anymore.

His performance is still echoing in my head when sitting over the code for UrbanScrub, my own amateurish approach to try to create something similar based on my urban soundset of Porto …

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Written by urbansync

November 21, 2008 at 9:36 pm

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