Imogen Heap, round two. Now I am part of Mi.Mu, formerly known as ‘The Gloves Team’ and over the past 4 years have been developing (for me at least) a revolutionary musical controller, come instrument! Join us for a nerd-off, no question too geeky...
So remember that 7-hour AMA marathon I did a while ago?
Yeah, this time it's not just all about me. I brought along some of the other team members from Mi.Mu this time!
This is an AMA, so anything goes, but what we're all really excited about is....ahem mini Kickstarter plug ahem....the gestural controller we’ve developed for making music with! Imagine you could control any music software listening to MIDI or OSC just with hand gestures, never having to go back to ‘base station’ or to ‘hit record loop’ for example. To make this happen, we created a glove capable of sensing your hand's motion, acceleration, position in space and rotation. The glove also knows what each of your individual fingers is doing at any point in time. You are wireless so can roam free and the set up will be fully customisable, so no-one will play the Gloves like you!
We were originally creating the gloves with just me in mind, to free me up on stage, connect me better to the audience and lighten my freight load with less bulky controllers. Then after a few demos and performances, people started to ask if we could make them a pair. We could, but…they wouldn’t have had a gloves team to help them out should they go wrong and that’s where the difficulties have been and why it’s taken us so long to get them up online and begin this search to find our phase one collaborators. In time, we hope to create a glove that is affordable, easier to use and accessible to anyone but for now, we are just making 100 pairs pretty much hand made. Also so we can give the attention to the 100 people or so who want to get gloving!
On this AMA will be...
Imogen Heap - /u/the_imogenheap who, some say, makes music, or something...
Rachel Freire - /u/rachelfreire - artist, designer and glove textile developer
Adrian Lausch - /u/mister_r who is the project management monkey
Tom Mitchell - /u/teamaxe Lecturer in computer music at UWE
Dr Kelly Snook /u/kellysnook who is a researcher, music producer/engineer, and former-NASA scientist based in London.
Dr Adam Stark - /u/adamstark - a computer scientist, musician and researcher based in London.
Not joining us today, sadly, are Seb Madgwick, one of the masterminds behind the X-OSC IMU module (because he is writing his PhD thesis) and Hannah Perner-Wilson, wearable tech virtuoso and textile designer!
So ask away, we're all gloves...errr….ears! xx imogen and the mi.mu team xx
Edit 2: Well, everyone. Just like the last time, it's been a blast. We love you all and you have shown us so much support. You challenged us, you praised us and above all, you believe in us. We will keep going and you will hear all about it. But for now, we are calling it. So on that bombshell, good night, everyone!