Me The Machine
, from Imogen Heap
's forthcoming album Sparks, is the first song written for and performed with the Mi.Mu musical gloves
by Heap and a team of programmers, engineers, designers and musicians
over the last four years with the aim of making creating and performing digital music "more like the experiences we have with traditional instruments: using the dexterity and mobility of the human body".
Imogen's discussed and demoed various versions of the gloves a few times over the last couple of years - one from this year
, and longer talks at Wired 2012
(including a live performance of Me The Machine
) and at the Arts and Humanities Research Council
's 2012 Digital Transformations Moot
. Imogen also appeared on Dara O'Briain's Science Club
with a brief explanation of the gloves, and another live Me The Machine, which can be seen in full here
There are lots of videos and updates from the technology and engineering team on the Gloves Project blog
, charting the development of the gloves and experiments with things like PlayStation Move. There's also a reddit AMA
from about a month ago with Imogen and most of the team.
Lastly, a couple of neat videos from the Kickstarter updates - here's Charlotte Hatherley experimenting with the gloves
, team member Kelly Snook triggering samples from YMCA
by making the American Sign Language letters, and a quick demo of controlling guitar effects with the gloves whilst playing
If you want your own pair and don't want to wait for the production model (which is apparently still going ahead despite the Kickstarter failing to meet its goal, but probably won't be available in the next year according to the backer updates), there's an extensive guide
on the Gloves Project website to building the ArduIMU version of the gloves, including advice on sourcing the components and links to the software used to map movements and gestures.
Finally, a huge list
of interesting links to other data and input gloves, musical and non-musical, assembled by the Gloves Project team.