Electric Music Theatre
In the mid seventies Michel Waisvisz started a series
of what he than called 'electric music theatre' pieces.
The image above shows an early version of 'The Electricity'. He can be seen
on the left, with on the right composer/double bass player Maarten Altena. As
founders and organisers of the first sound festival in Holland 'The Claxon Sound
Festival' they also performed their own pieces with great intensity.
Quite often the pieces were blatently critical about
the rise of High-Tech culture. This culture was portrayed here as a cardboard
facade during a musical interlude.
Waisvisz can be seen playing a modified Putney VCS3
synthesizer. He connected the miniature pins of the VCS3' patchbay with touchpads
in order to play the synthesizer directly - without the keyboard - with his
bare fingers. Also one can see that the backlid has been removed so that he
could also touch/play the inner wires using skin-conductivity as well.