New App, Glover, Lets You Play Anything Like A Theremin

MiMU, the company behind the MiMU Gloves gestural MIDI controller, has introduced Glover, a new environment for connecting motion-tracking devices to your music software.

Glover lets you map physical gestural to MIDI (or OSC), letting you create your own gestural language for music making. The software supports a wide range of motion tracking devices, including iPhone, Leap Motion, micro:bit and the MiMU Gloves.

With Glover, you can essentially play anything – your soft synths, your hardware or your DAW – like a theremin. But machine learning means that you can use gesture recognition to go even further.

Glover is essentially the heart of the MiMu Gloves – letting you control how your physical gestures – captured via sensors – are translated into musical information. It lets you take motion tracking devices and customize how they control music software, such as Ableton Live, Mainstage or Logic Pro.

Gesture recognition algorithms analyze the data coming in from your sensor, and then let you map it to MIDI or OSC. For example, you might make a ‘fist’ to start recording a loop ,or move your hand upwards to add reverb to your voice.

Glover was originally designed as the mapping environment for the MiMU Gloves, but it has been expanded to support a wider range of devices.

Features:

  • Dedicated software for composing and performing music using movement, connecting to third party music software
  • Supports movement based controllers including iPhone, Leap Motion, micro:bit, and more.
  • Connect your movements and gestures to MIDI / OSC
  • Gesture recognition via machine learning.
  • Design your own expressive language for music by creating unique mappings.
  • Integrates with MiMU’s free smartphone app Gliss
  • Includes license for Arturia Analog Lab Intro

Pricing and Availability

Glover is available now for $159. A demo version is also available.

9 thoughts on “New App, Glover, Lets You Play Anything Like A Theremin

  1. That’s one way for me to completely freak out my family. By the way, many people were doing this 10-15 years ago using a Wii controller and Symbolic Sounds Kyma.

  2. This type of innovation is somewhat paradoxical by nature. On one hand (no pun intended), it could be the missing link of expressive control that we’ve been needing; and as such it slowly is adopted with an expanding and loyal user-base. On the other, it could quickly prove to be irrelevant– and not necessarily for lack of usability. It’s a fickle controller world out there.

    A user has to be able to picture themselves making amazing use of it.

    I still very much prefer velocity keys, sliders, B.C. and knobs (roughly in that order) to rubbing glass or waving my hands about. Yes, YMMV.

    1. It’s certainly cool and great fun to use but it’s hardly new or innovative. You’ll find videos of this kind of thing on YT going back nearly 20 years now. LEAP motion was founded in 2010. Almost every person in my degree course (music media tech) at some point did a thesis or assignment that repurposed a generic wireless controller to be a gestural music controller. There are literally a thousand ways to achieve similar results. Personally I’ve used Max MSP, OSC and a Bluetooth PS3 controller to automate Ableton Granulator.

      On the face of it stuff like this looks immediate and fun. But when you get down to using it with your own patches and sounds, there’s a lot of remapping and assigning to be done. Then you have to tweak offsets and thresholds so that you don’t get drastic results

      It’s a nice looking UI all the same

      1. You’re missing the point.

        We all know that lots of music geeks played around with using their Power Glove as a MIDI controller 20 years ago. But like most ‘experimental’ music, 99% of this was complete and utter wankery.

        In the last few years, though, people have taken this technology beyond wanking. People are doing cool stuff with it. The way that this guy orchestrates with his hand, for example, is very cool:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjF8JN5aVfc

        Musicians like Imogen Heap, Chagall and even Ariana Grande have also succeeded where the music geeks failed. They’ve figured out how to use this technology as an interesting performance tool. And, just as importantly – they’ve figured out how to not look stupid doing it.

        This new app Glover is interesting because it takes tech that music geeks failed to move forward and makes it accessible to musicians that can do something interesting with it.

        When you make this tech available to any musician, you’ll it move beyond the ‘Subotnick in the 60s’ wannabees and see people doing creative things with it. It’s just like when synths escaped the universities and started getting into the hands of musicians – synths were suddenly everywhere and cool, because musicians were doing things with them that people could get into.

        1. “new app Glover is interesting because it takes tech that music geeks failed to move forward”

          Please don’t be ridiculous. They could and they did use it even then, it just wasn’t mainstream. You’re talking about “entrepreneurs” and that’s all they are. “Entrepreneurs”. Anyway, it’s an old concept, time to move on.

  3. waving your hand/arm in the air like that is the most unergonomical gesture you can make.
    it makes you feel like your arm wants to fall off after 5 minutes.
    Enjoy. /s

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