Res, a matter.

Michel Waisvisz was a Dutch composer, performer and inventor of electronic musical instruments. In this video he performs using The Hands, one of the earlier instruments capable of capturing analog sensor data and convert them into MIDI value.
This documentation has been extracted from the VHS archive at STEIM. It’s 1984.

What impresses me most is the not-intermediated interaction between gestures and sound Waisvisz achieved with this instrument. Such degree of immediacy between visual, theatrical performance and sound is, in my opinion, one of the fundamental element to take into account while working on new electronic musical instruments or interfaces.

Michel Waisvisz – Hyper Instruments Part 3 from STEIM Amsterdam on Vimeo.

from the STEIM vhs archive