South Carolina-based musician and inventor Keith Groover has introduced The Glide – a new instrument, designed to translate gestures into sound.
The Glide uses two controllers, one for each hand, and each controller has three accelerometers (for the X, Y, and Z axes.) Each of these accelerometers controls a different facet of musical expression.
It has a built-in sound engine, and can also be used wirelessly (MIDI over Bluetooth) as a controller for other synthesizers.
Here’s what Groover has to say about The Glide:
The Glide is a musical instrument, not a computer interface. There is no software algorithm reading your motions and interpreting those motions into various subroutines. Notes are immediate and responsive down to the millisecond. When you play it you are literally playing the accelerometer, just like a violinist plays a string or a trombonist plays a column of air.
To choose tones and choose the octave, there are two buttons on one controller, three buttons on the other controller, and a small joystick. This adds up to 48 different notes instantly accessible at any time, and with the built-in instant transposition, you can play all of the notes the human ear can hear (and a bunch more.)
With just these two controllers, you have complete control over pitch, volume, rhythm, tone, glide, and more. The amount of musical expression available is enormous.
Pricing and Availability
The Glide is expected to be available in early-to-mid 2019, priced around US $100-150. See The Glide site for details.