Developers of Imogen Heap‘s music glove controllers have announced a Kickstarter project to turn them into a production controller – the Mi.Mu. Glove For Music.
Here’s what they have to say about the Mi.Mu.:
The gloves are the product of years of research and development, building upon original research at University of the West of England. The project was initiated and continues to be driven by musician Imogen Heap along with a team of engineers, scientists, artists and musicians.
A number of iterations of the gloves have been designed, aimed predominantly at producing a gestural performance system for Heap.This culminated in a performance system which can be seen in footage from some of Imogen’s demos and performances.
While the system was incredibly powerful and expressive, it was also incredibly complex to set up. It required the attention of a team of people, not to mention the days of intense advanced MIDI routing and Ableton Live programming to create the mappings and session used in Imogen’s first glove song, Me The Machine, which is included with many of our Kickstarter pledges.
We wanted everyone to have the experience of being inside these gloves without as much of the complexity in Imogen’s original system. We wanted to make a wireless glove that almost any musician could adapt to their way of making music. The last 18 months have seen re-design after re-design of the glove textiles, hardware and software and we have finally arrived at a point where we can make them available to others through this Kickstarter.
Here’s the official video intro:
The gloves capture the movements and postures of your hands. The software allows this information to be mapped to musical control messages which can then be routed to your favorite music software.
Specifically, the gloves track the following:
- The orientation of your hand
- The ‘flex’ of your fingers
- Your current hand posture (e.g. fist, open hand, one finger point)
- The direction (up, down, left, right, forwards, backwards) of your hand
- Sharp movements such as drum hits
- This information is transmitted wirelessly to your computer, over WiFi (via the x-OSC board on the wrist).
Here’s Imogen Heap demonstrating her early version of the gloves:
Here’s a performance by Heap with prototypes of the gloves:
The Mi.Mu. Gloves are being offered via the Kickstarter project with several options, including a DIY options and fully assembled. See the project site for details.