8 July 1949
Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
18 June 2008 (aged 58)
Michel Waisvisz (1949-2008) was born on the 8th of July 1949 and lead STEIM, the dutch assosciation for electro-instrumental music, as a director for 27 years.
Moving to and from between serious and light music, Michel Waisvisz already collaborated with Laurie Anderson, Steve Lacy and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra among others. His manifold and varied activities are not making it easy for the listener. But all his experiments with self developed sound generators – in which one is always able to discern the outlines of songs and flashes of wonderful harmonies amid all noise which is morphing along – are each in themslves absolutely special and surprising. For years and years, fans have made all possible efforts to realise another release by their master, especially since his first and hitherto only LP has been a much treasured collector’s item for which the price has been skyrocketing. In Tune is a premiere in so far as it is here that one gets to hear Waisvisz’s Crackle Box-sounds, the electroacoustic soundmodulations of the Steim-software Lisa, his playfully absurd music for theatre and his anarchic arrangements for drums all in one album. Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Karl-Heinz Stockhausen or DJ Spooky are longtime admirers of Michel Waisvisz’s compositions. Finally, the archives have been opened for all lovers of innovative music.
Michael Waisvisz died peacefully at home in Amsterdam, after an eight month fight with a serious illness, on june 18th, 2008.
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