Mi.Mu Glove for Music
Imogen Heap’s Kickstarter for a gestural performance glove to make music is 4 days away from it’s deadline (and only halfway through it’s goal):
Most of us on our small team are musicians who are tired of being stuck behind computer screens, keyboards, faders, knobs, and buttons to make our music. We feel there could be a better way that is more like the experiences we have with traditional instruments: using the dexterity and mobility of the human body.
Imagine, for example, that instead of turning up a fader in order to bring in a sound or add reverb, you could be raising your arms to achieve the same effect. Or to move a sound around the room, you could simply point where you want it to be. Not only is this much more intuitive, it is also more enjoyable to watch, making it easier for your audience to connect with what you’re doing. Our aim is to break down the barriers between musicians and machines, and between performers and audiences. Every musician and/or performer will know the bane of their existence is to have to carry, or worse, ship vast amounts of technological equipment to whatever destination they are playing. The gloves are a compact, lightweight and self-contained system requiring little more than a laptop to function fully.
While the project is a great idea, I can’t help think the goal was too high to be realistic - the amount seems to give the creators too much comfort, and the device could certainly be applied to fields outside of music … oh well … It is still an attractive project for it’s potential …