1984 - 1989 The
Hands (first version)
Waisvisz with first version of The
The Hands were
used in concert for the first time in The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in 1984.
consists of a number of sensors and keys mounted on two small keyboards that
are attached to the players hands. The combination of many different sensors
to capture the movements of the hands, the fingers and the arms is still unique
and make The Hands still one of the most refined and musical MIDI-controllers.
Waisvisz has used
The Hands in a great number of concerts in Europe, the USA and Japan. The Hands
have become his primary instrument.
The Hands have
been rebuilt and reprogrammed many times. Also The Hands have controlled a vast
variety of MIDI-instruments: Yamaha DX7's, 802's, TX7's,SY99's, Emu samplers
and STEIM's Lick Machine, Sam and LiSa and more recently also STEIM's visual
performance program Image/ine.
To translate the
sensor information in a musical way into MIDI-codes a small computer is worn
on the back of the performer. This computer 'The SensorLab' is programmable
so that for each work a unique relationship between the performers gestures
and the musical output can be programmed.
Many STEIM designers and Engineers
have been involved in the construction of the first version of The Hands:
Johan den Biggelaar
- first version/prototype (both The Hands and an early SensorLab)
- software design early SensorLab
Hans Venmans -
Peter Cost - R
& D final SensorLab
Tom Demeijer -
design ROM software for the final SensorLab
Bert Bongers -
construction second version of The Hands
Frank Balde - design
performance software for The SensorLab