Tunefruit Tech and Music Mashup – Entry #7 (Make Music With A Glove)

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Who doesn’t want to make music by just waving their hands?

That process is much quicker and less time consuming than slicing up .wav files in Logic Audio.  Well, that reality is now upon us thanks to music gloves created by British singer-songwriter Imogen Heap.  She has recently embraced this technology by creating musical gloves called Mi.Mu.  Each glove is configured with buttons and sensors that send information back to a computer when your hands are in motion.  This allows the artist to create music more organically by following natural body motions.

The project initially started as a Kickstarter campaign.  A collaboration between MIT’s media lab and Imogen, the entire process took about 5 years to create.  Known for her distinctive fusion of soft acoustic and electronica sounds, Imogen Heap hopes the gloves will also help bring her music to fans in a more tangible way.  Artists such as Ariana Grande have recently taken notice, reportedly scheduled to utilize the gloves on an upcoming tour.

I think this form of wearable tech definitely provides the ability for people who are not musicians to actually create music.  I am even seeing an application for children in schools.  This would provide them a fun, active way to learn about music while exploring their creativity.  This type of technology definitely merges music and movement.  Traditional musicians have always been moving while playing instruments on stage.   However, with the advent of electronic music, movement while creating music may be restrained to a constant head nod.  It will be interesting to see if this has any effect on the music itself.  As wearable technology continues to expand,  I am sure we will see similar innovations like this later on down the line.

What do you think? Drop a comment in the comment section below.

cantaloupe 1ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Derrick Pryce (known as Cantaloupe at Tunefruit) is a music producer and keyboard player based in Atlanta, GA.  His current release is entitled Kebomusic Presents: The Experience, which is available on iTunes and Amazon. In addition to music, he is very much interested in technology, entrepreneurship and venture capital. He thinks mixing them all up would be fantastic. For more information, check out www.kebomusic.com.

Tunefruit is Going Bananas: The Palette Project (Michael Schwartz)

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Michael Schwartz is a video producer, documentary filmmaker, and former reporter. But beyond that, he is also suffering from a degenerative retinal disease called proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR).

What does that mean? For Michael, it means dealing with failing eyesight, and eventual blindness. As you can imagine, this has quite the impact on his profession. How do continue to be a visual storyteller when your eyes no longer function?

Michael is now working on a new documentary, The Palette Project, and is looking for support through his Kickstarter campaign, here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/600620645/the-palette-project-losing-my-sight-but-seeing-the

For this project, he will be traveling all across the world, and will be going to great lengths to show that folks with challenges like his own can still overcome significant hurdles to follow their dreams.

Consider supporting this valiant effort via the Kickstarter page he’s set up below!

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Tunefruit Featured License: Masters of Anatomy

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What to say, what to say. Masters of Anatomy decided to put together a Kickstarter campaign to fund a giant book of how to draw comic book characters. We (and apparently everyone else, since the project got funded in crazy fast time) are floored by the quality, breadth, blah blah blah of their work.

Their deal?

Master of Anatomy: The Ideal Male and Female, is a one-of-a-kind collection of artistic anatomy bringing together the work of 64 artists from different industries. Each artist recreates the Ideal Male and Female illustrated in their own signature style and without the aid of external reference. Each angle is neutral, symetrical and unposed showing the front, side and 3/4 front angles in a classic animation turn-around. The goal: to translate a decades-old sketch into something more relevant to a modern aesthetic. The result is a volume unlike anything that exists today. A must have for any aspiring artist; digital or traditional.”

 

Twitter: @masteranatomy

Tunefruit Featured License: Analog Watch Co.

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Well, this is pretty freaking cool. To boil it down, these guys make wood watches. The face AND the band are made of wood. We have no idea how they do it. Alchemy? Magic? Is this the secret of the Nimh….the secret of the ooze? We might never well know.

And that’s ok. Because…the watches are AMAZING.

The Analog Watch Co. is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to put in their first official order for official watches.

Follow them on Twitter, you crazy kids: @analogwatchco