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.
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ABOUT 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.