After nearly 8 years of anticipation, I am shocked to unbox my own pair of Mi.Mu Gloves!
In 2012, Imogen Heap announced her invention of musical midi gloves. Several years later, she formed the Mi.Mu Gloves team, which worked to mass-produce these gloves, providing musicians a way to make “music through movement.”
These glove synthesizers have a gyroscope, accelerometer, bend sensors and buttons that can all be mapped to audio software via midi. That means any combination of movements, postures, or button presses can be programmed to trigger any note/chord, sound, or effect, allowing you to dance (and float!) your way through your musical expression… oh, and you can also manipulate your own lighting and visual effects. 😀
I will share my entire journey here as I learn to use the midi gloves and the Glover software in conjunction with Ableton Live to create and perform music in such a new way.
For years, I’ve been particularly excited to explore this instrument as one that can be used to create and perform in space—whether in the Zero Gravity environment or on the surface of another world along with a spacesuit. I’m drawn to it most because it encourages organic, human movement. As we continue to journey further from our home planet, I’m hopeful we’ll go with our favorite side of humanity intact.
Come with me! Ask me questions. Tell me what you want to know. Give me feedback through the comments.