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.

Tuneruit Tech and Music Mashup – (The Heartbeat Of Music)

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Have you purchased your new iPhone yet?  I, for one, have not purchased it yet although I am overdue for an upgrade.  If you are an iPhone user, you may have heard about Apple’s new Health app.  The application offers the ability for you to monitor your physical activity using the iPhone’s motion sensors.  This definitely comes in handy for the fitness buffs out there.  In particular, the app has a heart rate monitor.  Just check your phone to keep up with your BPMs.

Given that the iPhone and Apple are intrinsically linked to music, I began to think about the relationship between the heartbeat and music.   Have you ever thought about the prevalence of “heartbeats” in music?  There is the signature “thump thump” that appears in dance music.  Or what about that low heartbeat that appears in a scary film designed to evoke suspense and fear?  Why is that sound so powerful?  There have been several studies done on the relationship between heart rate and music.  Manipulating one’s heartbeat is critical when trying to bring out certain emotions in a viewer or listener.  Attaching certain emotions to whatever you are trying to sell is always a sure thing.  Humans seem to have a natural response to a thumping heart.  Science has recently discovered that this phenomenon started while we were in the womb.

As a music producer, I don’t think I have consciously programmed a beat to mimic a heart beat.  I think it may have occurred more naturally if I was trying to create a piece with a certain mood.  Among genres, I particularly notice it in dance and urban music.  The kick drum always plays the role of the trusted heart.  It appears that the heart beat and music will be forever intertwined.   I wonder if this data can be collected and analyzed to make a better song?  I will be on the lookout for the app that does that.

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.

 

Tuneruit Tech and Music Mashup – Should Twitter Buy SoundCloud?

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I have been using SoundCloud for many years now.  As a music producer, it is an excellent tool to upload and share your music with the world.  They have great analytics tools too. They help you track who is listening to your music and where they are.   It came as a surprise when I recently heard about a possible buyout from Twitter.  Both sites have a user base of around 250 million and recent reports have said that more users share SoundCloud links than any other site.  Facts such as this have had tech analysts say this is a smart move.

Could Twitter really benefit from a site like SoundCloud?  I am not alone in my skepticism.  Recent reports have stated that Twitter is not growing fast enough and this sentiment is being reflected in the stock price.  As a result, acquisitions that would appear “outside of the box” are being considered.  Twitter has been wanting to get closer to the music industry for some time now.  In addition, acquiring a company with a large user base will definitely add value and address growth concerns.

I am not quite convinced.  For some reason having them as separate entities seems like a more natural fit.  Latest reports have said that the deal is currently off, however, anything can happen so keep an eye on this space.

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.