Imogen Heap’s Musical Gloves

Saturday Synth PornImogen Heap demos her awesome (x-IMU-based) musical gloves, on Dara O Briain’s Science Club on BBC2, Dec 31, 2012.

Heap’s concept for the gloves was that they would “take on the personality of a musical companion, not trying to do take the place of what a keyboard or computer is good for but finding and celebrating those things that the gloves do better: expressive and immediate control of sounds recording and played through gesture.”

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Kinect-Free Ableton Theremin Action

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Steve Freedom’s Camgesture In Paradise video demonstrates a sort of Ableton theremin – or at least an interesting variation on gestural musc sequencing.

We’ve seen similar Kinect-driven experiments, but not a lot using the built-in cameras that are available on most laptops.

Freedom’s experimental electronic music is made by translating hand gestures tracked by Quartz Composer and webcam, into OSC then Midi and sending on to Ableton to trigger Spectrasonics Omnisphere and RMX.