Friday, October 28, 2016

Michel Waisvisz - 1977 - Crackle

Michel Waisvisz 

01. A Cheval 3:13
02. Dutchjazzcircus 6:31
03. Crackles 2:33
04. Steve's Pipe 5:38
05. First Dancesteps 1:51
06. De Brug Gaat Open 6:13
07. Berliner Neustadtlament 4:33
08. Stradivarius 2:30
09. 4 Narrow Escapes 6:20
10. One For The Road 0:51

Recorded At – Steim
Recorded At – Studio Flykingen
Recorded At – M.S. Clacor
Recorded At – Quartier Latin, Berlin

Engineer – Jost Gebers (tracks: B1 to B5), Michel Waisvisz (tracks: A1 to A5)
Photography By – Hans Pattist (2)
Producer – Jost Gebers, Michel Waisvisz
Synthesizer [Crackle, Modified Putney VCS 3], Instruments [Modified Spring-board (built By Hugh Davies)], Harmonica [Mouth Organ], Composed By, Design [Cover Design] – Michel Waisvisz

A1 on January 15th & 16th,1977 at Studio Steim in Amsterdam
A2 to A4 on July 12th to 22nd,1977 at Studio Flykingen in Stockholm
A5 on October 13th,1976 on board of M.S. Clacor in Amsterdam
B1 to B4 live on November 7th,1976 during the Total Music Meeting at the Quartier Latin in Berlin
B5 on August 10th,1976 at Studio Steim in Amsterdam

Multi track technique (dubbing) has been used for the Steim and Flykingen studio recordings.
No speed or other tricks.
All recordings are done with microphones.

A beautiful recording from the German FMP label of exceptional electronic creativity from Michel Waisvisz, inventor of the "Crackle Box", a small hand held electronic instrument used for causing all sorts of musical caos. An outer realm jam session of one man utilizing his own invention. His contribution to the world of electronics is a most wonderful experience.

In listening, some may become disturbed by the sudden shock to their own undefined notion of normalcy. And that's a good thing. (Curious Mutation 2010)

Michel Waiswisz pushes technology to its expressive limit, by creating electronic musical instruments which depend on the physical intelligence of the performer. A composer, performer and inventor of groundbreaking instruments which make electronic sound tangible (such as the Hands, the Sweatstick and the WEB – the latter in advance of the Internet), Waiswisz decided in the 1970s not to record his music, but to concentrate on live performance. He has played in concert halls and at rock festivals all over the world, and collaborated with a wide range of musicians, from Steve Lacy to Laurie Anderson to DJ Spooky. He is also the Director of Steim (the Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music), the only independent electronic music centre in the world exclusively dedicated to the performance arts. Waiswisz demonstrates a resolutely human approach to technology, characterised by "extremely physical interfaces," but he has also developed software instruments (with Frank Baldé) such as Image/ine and LiSa (for live sampling). He is also the founder of the Physical Philosophy movement, which champions physical manipulation (rather than language) as the most economical and precise expression of the axioms of philosophy.

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